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Barber Osgerby, Projects


Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby have devoted their career to exploring and questioning the archetypes of the contemporary design practice. Collaborators for more than 20 years, they have channelled their talents towards industrial design, furniture, lighting, specific installations, limited editions and public commissions.

This monograph is a visual chronicle of the wide, ranging catalogue produced by this British duo, with images (some of them not previously published) of their creations, from their first incursion into furniture production with the Loop table (1996) to the present day, with the commission for the Bellhop lamp in 2017.

“Barber Osgerby, Projects” presents a thematic division into three parts, each one based on the visual characteristics of the projects it includes. The first one, “Folded Structures”, encompasses many of the duo’s early works, the result of their experiments with materials such as paper, white cardboard and balsa wood for making architectural maquettes. The second one, “Frameworks”, features projects that can be defined by their lightweight constructions, and the last part, “Volumes”, includes a collection of pieces whose shapes were created by moulding and sculpting. It also includes six essays with the history of some of their most singular projects, such as the torch for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Conversations with key industry figures constitute the basis for the texts and provide a unique vision of the motivations and working methods of these acclaimed industrial designers.

Language: English


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