Best British Designer 2014: Barber & Osgerby
Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby have had a prolific year, with furniture launches, museum installations and
an exhibition. Here, they tell us more.
What has been your biggest project of 2014? In physical terms, our ‘Double Space’ installation at the V&A Museum was the biggest [created with BMW, the structure comprised two huge revolving mirrored objects that offered a new view of the cartoons in the Raphael Gallery], while the broadest was our furniture range for Vitra, which launched in Milan in April. January saw the opening of our first curated exhibition, ‘In the Making’, which is shortly to travel to Dublin. But the year’s most time-consuming project has been our design for the Crossrail train, due for completion in 2017.
Which of your upcoming ventures are you most excited about? A new 2,500-square-metre permanent gallery at the Science Museum that we’ve been working on since 2010 with our architecture practice, Universal Design Studio. The ‘Information Age’ space tells the story of developments in telecommunication from the mid-1800s to today. It has been challenging for the whole team, but we’ve learnt so much about how our society has been transformed by inanimate objects.
How does it feel to win another British Design Award? We believe passionately in Britain’s creativity and it’s an honour to make a contribution to this. We’re thrilled to have won.