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Barber & Osgerby

Edward Barber, born in Shrewsbury in 1969, and Jay Osgerby, born in Oxford in 1969; studied architecture and interior design together at the Royal College of Art in London. They founded their own architecture and design studio – Barber & Osgerby – in 1996. Since then, they have worked together at the interface of industrial design, furniture design and architecture.

Their work has been recognised with numerous awards, including Elle Decoration Magazine Designer of the Year in 2007 and Blueprint Magazine 2005 Furniture Designer of the Year. They have also received the 2004 Jerwood Prize for Applied Arts and the 1998 ICFF Editors’ Award for Best New Designer.

Barber & Osgerby were named Royal Designers for Industry in 2007.


2011 Brit Insurance Design Awards Exhibition, Design Museum, London

2010 Barber Osgerby Open Studio, London Design Festival

2009 Super Contemporary, Design Museum, London

2009 European Design Since 1985: Shaping the New Century, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis

2008 Designs of the Year, Design Museum, London

2008 Design Britain, NEC, Birmingham

2007 Nature Design, Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich

2006 Defining Space, The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea

2005 Colour by Numbers, The Blue Gallery, London

2005 Au doigt et a la baguette – 40 designers dessinent la baguette de chef d’orchestre, Mudac, Lausanne

2004 Jerwood Applied Arts Prize for Furniture Exhibition, Crafts Council of Great Britain.

2003 Habiter, Tuilerie Gardens, Paris

2003 Somewhere Totally Else, Design Museum, London

2002 Au Vestiare, Une Histoire de Cintres, Musee de la Mode et du Textil, Paris

2002 Spot On Exhibition, Haute Definition, Paris

2002 LOSA (London – South Africa), Sotheby’s, London

2001 Home Sweet Home, exhibition touring Europe and Australia with The British Council

2001 Contemporary Decorative Arts Exhibition, Sotheby’s, London

2001 Great Expectations, exhibtion touring USA, Asia & Pacific with The British Council

2001 The Evolution of British Design, Tempio de Adriano, Rome and National Gallery, Prague

2000 Creative Britain – Stars of the Millennium, British European Design Group, Berlin, Milan and Rome

2000 100 Pieces of Modern Design, curated by Jasper Morrison at the Museum für angewandte Künste, Cologne

1999 Barber Osgerby Show, Zona Zurich and Zona Bern, Switzerland

1999 Childsplay, Twentytwentyone & The British Council, London & touring Germany, Taiwan, Venezuela

1999 Living Rooms (installation design with J. Morrison, M. Newson, M. Young & M. Marriott), Atlantis Gallery, London

1998 Tectonic, Twentytwentyone, London

1997 Modern Furniture

Barber & Osgerby