EDWA RD BARBER & JAY OSGERBY
Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby founded their London-based design studio, Barberosgerby, in 1996 after graduating from London’s Royal College of Art. Their multidisciplinary practice challenges the boundaries of industrial design, architecture and art. Both are Royal Designers for Industry and in 2004 were recipients of the prestigious Jerwood Applied Arts prize. Barber and Osgerby have created collections for several prestigious European furniture companies and their work is held in permanent collections around the world including the V&A and Design Museum in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago. The pair also designed the torch for the 2012 London Olympics.
LV: Why did you agree to create an Objet Nomade for Louis Vuitton? EB & JO: We were excited to work with Louis Vuitton and its rich history of craftsmanship and design. It was a great opportunity to bring a new kind of product to a company that has for so long pioneered the style and function of the objects we travel with. LV: What was your inspiration for this object? EB & JO: The inspiration came from Louis Vuitton’s history of travel: we imagined a modern-day lantern. It is handmade in Venice by glass experts and then assembled with pioneering technology to allow it to be recharged by sunlight, as well as conventionally. LV: How did you use the workshops’ savoir-faire? EB & JO: We were asked to bring our point of view to the discovery of a new kind of product. The Bell Lamp marries high-tech innovation with hand-blown Murano glass, infused with the same tradition of craftsmanship found in Louis Vuitton’s workshops thanks to the iconic Nomade leather strap.