“The form of the cone is perfect geometry, “ remarks Edward Barber, with Jay Osgerby adding—“In technical drawing, Orthographic projection makes use of the conical form to define the view of the object we are drawing. It is a code that is deeply embedded in our minds.”
The exhibition marks the studio’s first solo show with Galerie Kreo, which began working with Barber and Osgerby in 2016 — a partnership that has, to date, created work including the Hakone family of furniture. Signals is the first lighting collection developed by Barber Osgerby for Kreo, with each lamp in the collection created using two principle materials, two pure shapes, and two different forms of making.
Throughout Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby’s careers, cones have been a recurring motif in their design work. “There are fragments from many different parts of our past work that have come into creating these objects,” says Osgerby. “Colour compositions, making techniques, and familiar forms. Each light acts as a signal for these ideas,” adds Barber.
The structure of the lamps is provided by hand-formed, colourful aluminium box sections. Onto these, large conical shades are affixed with
Central to the collection are a series of totemic
Signals unites these different elements of Barber and Osgerby’s work, bringing together research and making techniques from across the studio’s practice. “Signals is a continuation of themes that have been evolving in the background of our work for some time. It encompasses engineered craft, our love of Venini glass and colour, and our enjoyment of working with light to change a space,” concludes Osgerby.