Design Frontiers

Ten Designers in the West Wing: The Reading Room by Barber & Osgerby

Somerset House, The West Wing Galleries

Knoll and Barber and Osgerby

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby founded their eponymous studio in 1996 after graduating with Master’s degrees in Architecture from The Royal College of Art in London.

From their first studio in Trellick Tower in London, they designed their first piece, the Loop Table, produced by Isokon in 1997. Much of Barber and Osgerby’s early work involved the folding and shaping of sheet material, influenced by the white card that they had used frequently in architectural model making.

Their diverse body of work spans industrial design, furniture, lighting and site-specific installations as well as limited edition pieces and public commissions such as the London 2012 Olympic Torch and a £2 coin designed for the Royal Mint. They are currently working with manufacturers including Knoll, Vitra, B&B Italia, Glas Italia, Cappellini, Venini, and Flos. Their work is held in permanent museum collections around the world including Victoria & Albert Museum, Design Museum London, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and The Art Institute of Chicago.

In 2001 Barber & Osgerby established architecture and interior design practice Universal Design Studio and in 2012 they founded Map, specialising in strategy-led industrial design. In 2013 they were awarded an OBE for their services to the design industry.