Our designers of the month, Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, have a stunning, multidisciplinary portfolio encompassing furniture, lighting and product design as well as art and architectural-scale projects. Having developed collections for the likes of Flos, Vitra, Magis and Cappellini, they've impressively stamped their mark on the design world. In this guide, we round up some of our favourite Barber & Osgerby designs; a selection of must-have pieces that are guaranteed to be a talking point in any home.
Tip Ton Chair
With its innovative forward-tilt action, the solid plastic Tip Ton Chair defines a whole new chair typology. The name, Tip Ton, refers to the two types of sitting positions the chair provides - a normal, upright position and tilted a few degrees forward.
When tilted forward, the chair stays in place and holds its position, which helps to straighten the pelvis and spine, improving circulation to the abdominal and back muscles.
Made from polypropylene and manufactured from a single mould without any mechanical components, the chair is extremely durable and 100% recyclable. And with its contemporary design, stackability and range of vibrant colours, this versatile chair is perfect for any dining room or home office.
Using their experience with architectural design and the development of training and conference venues, Barber & Osgerby recognised the need for an adaptable and flexible table solution that could be configured to suit many spaces and situations.
They came up with the Vitra Map Table, a trapezoidal-shaped work surface that can be positioned to create a round-table formation for meetings or workshops, used as individual desks within the workplace, or combined with other tables to form long island workspaces. However, although it is designed for larger, office-type spaces, the Map Table is also perfectly suited for use as a home office desk.
With bases ranging from basic black to polished chrome, The Map Table can be easily adapted to suit your requirements, and can also be stacked for easy storage.
Flos Tab Table Lamp
Much of Barber & Osgerby’s work features the folding and shaping of sheet material, which is influenced by their architectural background. This signature ‘fold’ style is no more evident than in their design for the Flos Tab Table Lamp.
This sleek and contemporary lamp has a 45-degree rotating head and a multi-LED diffuser. This helps the lamp to cast a more clear and focused light that’s dazzle-free and avoids that multi-shadow effect, making it ideal as a bedside table, reading or desk lamp.
Complete with a painted aluminium finish in either white or black, the Flos Tab Table Lamp design is also available as a floor lamp.
Vitra Zeb Stool
Inspired by Zebedee, the twirling jack-in-the-box character from the BBC children's television series 'The Magic Roundabout, the Vitra Zeb Stool makes a sleek and colourful addition to any breakfast bar or kitchen.
From the chrome-plated gas spring to the die-cast aluminium seat and swivel mount, every single component on the Zeb Bar Stool is meticulously coordinated down to the finest detail.
The height-adjustable swivel seat comes in wood, leather and soft leather options, and the powder-coated column sleeve is available in various colours, so you can find the perfect stool to match your decor.
With its modern lines, balanced proportions and colourful yet subtle fabrics, the Vitra Mariposa Sofa is the perfect blend of form and function.
Comfort is absolutely paramount with this sofa, which includes soft upholstery that completely surrounds the sitter to prevent them from coming into contact with any hard or awkward structural elements.
However, what really sets the Mariposa Sofa apart is it’s clever adjustment mechanism, which allows you to individually tilt the side and backrest elements for various sitting or reclining positions.
Available in a range of fabrics and colours, this stunning Barber Osgerby sofa is guaranteed to brighten up your living space.
Are you as big a fan of Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby designs as we are? We’d love to know what items of furniture would be on your Barber & Osgerby wishlist.