Edward Barber is one-half of the acclaimed British design duo BarberOsgerby.
He and his design partner, Jay Osgerby, studied architecture together at the Royal College of Art in London and established their firm in 1996. Since then, they have experienced a dizzying rise to prominence, with works now included in the collections of London’s Victoria & Albert Museum and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Barber and Osgerby’s acclaimed designs have included chairs, tables, fabric and lamps as well as interiors, including those of fashion designer Stella McCartney’s stores. They have accepted commissions as diverse as designing furniture for a cathedral on England’s south coast and dining chairs for the famed modernist De La Warr Pavilion at Bexhill-on-Sea.
“I have always admired the seriousness of BarberOsgerby’s designs, which are never about stylistic gimmicks or novelties,” says Gareth Williams from London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. “Their furniture is a continuum with British modernist design of the mid-20th century: calm, often quite discrete, polite, well-made and fit for purpose.”
In 2007, the duo were awarded the title “Royal Designers for Industry”, the highest honour that can be accorded to designers in the UK. Only 200 designers can hold the distinction at one time.
Edward Barber will be in New Zealand this week for the first time. Don’t miss the chance to meet and see the work of this remarkable designer.
Edward will hold two talks at Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Reeves Road, Pakuranga, Auckland.
Talk 1: Wednesday 11th March, 12.30pm (light lunch supplied)
Talk 2: Wednesday 11th March, 7.30pm (incl. refreshments)
To reserve your place, please telephone Te Tuhi, 09 577 0138.