Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby * News

Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby design the Olympic Torch for London 2012

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) today announced that the design of the London 2012 Olympic Torch is in development. Edward and Jay have been appointed to design the torch that will enable 8000 Torchbearers, to carry the Olympic Flame around the UK during the 70 day relay next year. David Kester, Chief Executive of the Design Council said: ‘Arguably this is one of the most visible design briefs in the world – literally billions of eyes will be on the Olympic Flame in 2012. I am delighted that Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby have won this commission and wish them well as standard bearers for UK design.

Filo/Private Commission

Date – 2009; Manufacturer – Cappellini; Materials – Oak frame with upholstered quilts; Dimensions – 3095 × 920 × 1295
The utilitarian, internal structure of a sofa is usually hidden from view and is therefore designed to support rather than to look attractive. In contrast, the exposed framework of the Filo Sofa is handcrafted from solid oak, by skilled cabinetmakers.
Rather than being used as a skin for the structure, upholstery has been used in the form of layered quilts to provide comfort. The quilts can be alternated to give variable colour combinations.

Shell Chair/Isokon Plus


Folded plywood chair that uses the ‘folding’ design language employed for the Shell table. The structural qualities of folded, laminated plywood are used to produce a simple, lightweight piece using a single production process.
Date – 2001; Manufacturer – Isokon Plus;Materials – Lacquered laminated birch plywood; Dimensions – 445 × 470 × 800

De La Warr Chair/Established & Sons

Metal chair designed for redevelopment of the De la Warr Pavilion.
Date – 2005; Manufacturer – Established & SonsMaterials – Aluminium frame and steel tubing; Dimensions – 780 × 585 × 565
First drawing of the Pavillion Chair chair on the left, later sketches and pattern ideas on the right.
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