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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.

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