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Barber Osgerby: New book explains how design duo carved a niche

May 10, 2011 |  8:01 am


 Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby are not well known outside certain design circles, but the recent release of a handsome monograph, "The Design Work of Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby," should help to change that. The book provides another platform for the duo to share their work, be it the folded aluminum facades on H&M stores, including the one on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, or clever modern furniture such as the new Tip Ton chair, pictured above, a single piece of plastic that provides two sitting positions -- one tilted forward, the other tilted back.

On Friday, the Vitra showroom in New York is hosting a media preview and VIP reception for Tip Ton, with the designers on hand to sign copies of "The Design Work of Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby." If you weren't invited and can't get to New York to see the Tip Ton installation, writer David A. Keeps provides the next best thing: a book review of the monograph and a companion photo gallery.

-- Craig Nakano


2011 furniture trends in photos

Upper photo: Edward Barber, left, and Jay Osgerby at work. Credit: Barber Osgerby Studio

Lower photo: Chairs designed for the restored 1935 De La Warr Pavilion, an early Modernist building outside London. Credit: David Brook