Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby
One by One, 2018
​Installation view

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby
One by One, 2018
​Installation view

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby
One by One, 2018
​Installation view

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby
One by One, 2018
​Installation view

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby
One by One, 2018
​Installation view

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby
One by One, 2018
Installation view

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby
One by One, 2018
​Installation view

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby
One by One, 2018
​Installation view

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby
One by One, 2018
​Installation view

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby
One by One, 2018
​Installation view

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Untitled, 2018

Terracotta, white slip

13h x 6.25w in
33.02h x 15.88w cm

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Untitled, 2018

Black clay, black slip

14h x 6.50w in
35.56h x 16.51w cm

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Untitled, 2018

Black clay, white slip

12.50h x 6w in
31.75h x 15.24w cm

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Untitled, 2018

Terracotta, white slip

Diptych: 6.5h x 11w in overall, 3h x 11w in top panel, 3h x 11w in bottom panel

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby
Untitled, 2018
Black clay, white slip
Diptych: 11.5h x 11.5w in overall, 6.5h x 11.5w in each

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Untitled, 2018

Black clay, terracotta slip

4.75h x 3w in
12.07h x 7.62w cm

Barber & Osgerby
Untitled, 2018
Terracotta, white slip
10.90h x 6.50w in
27.69h x 16.51w cm

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Untitled, 2018

Black clay, white slip

1.75h x 4.75w in
4.45h x 12.07w cm

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Untitled, 2018

Black clay, white slip

13.50h x 6.25w in
34.29h x 15.88w cm

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Untitled, 2018

Graphite on paper

11.75h x 16.50w in
29.85h x 41.91w cm

Framed: 13.50h x 18.25w in
34.29h x 46.36w cm

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Untitled, 2018

Graphite on paper

11.75h x 16.50w in
29.85h x 41.91w cm

Framed: 13.50h x 18.25w in
34.29h x 46.36w cm

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Untitled, 2018

Graphite on paper

11.75h x 16.50w in
29.85h x 41.91w cm

Framed: 13.50h x 18.25w in
34.29h x 46.36w cm

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Untitled, 2018

Graphite on paper

11.75h x 16.25w in
29.85h x 41.28w cm

Framed: 13.50h x 18.25w in
34.29h x 46.36w cm

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Untitled, 2018

Graphite on paper

11.75h x 16.50w in
29.85h x 41.91w cm

Framed: 13.50h x 18.25w in
34.29h x 46.36w cm

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Untitled, 2018

Graphite on paper

11.75h x 16.50w in
29.85h x 41.91w cm

Framed: 13.50h x 18.25w in
34.29h x 46.36w cm

Barber & Osgerby
Untitled, 2018
Watercolor on paper
11.75h x 16.50w in
29.84h x 41.91w cm
 

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Untitled, 2018

Watercolor on paper

16.25h x 11.75w in
41.28h x 29.85w cm

Framed: 18.25h x 13.50w in
46.36h x 34.29w cm

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Untitled, 2018

Watercolor on paper

16.25h x 11.75w in
41.28h x 29.85w cm

Framed: 18.75h x 13.50w in
47.63h x 34.29w cm

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Untitled, 2018

Watercolor on paper

16.25h x 11.75w in
41.28h x 29.85w cm

Framed: 18.25h x 13.50w in
46.36h x 34.29w cm

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Untitled, 2018

Watercolor on paper

16.25h x 11.75w in
41.28h x 29.85w cm

Framed: 18.25h x 13.50w in
46.36h x 34.29w cm

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Untitled, 2018

Watercolor on paper

16.25h x 11.75w in
41.28h x 29.85w cm

Framed: 18.25h x 13.50w in
46.36h x 34.29w cm

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Untitled, 2018

Watercolor on paper

16.50h x 11.75w in
41.91h x 29.85w cm

Framed: 18.25h x 13.50w in
46.36h x 34.29w cm

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Untitled, 2018

Watercolor on paper

11.75h x 16.25w in
29.85h x 41.28w cm

Framed: 13.50h x 18.25w in
34.29h x 46.36w cm

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

One by One

May 1 – June 16, 2018

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby: One by One
curated by Alexis Fabry
May 1 - June 16, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 6pm to 8pm.

Josee Bienvenu is pleased to present ‘One by One’, an exhibition of ceramics, drawings and watercolors by internationally acclaimed designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby. This is their first exhibition with the gallery.

“The title, ‘One by One’ refers both to us as individuals: two designers working with different approaches whose ideas always seem to unite; and to the fact that no matter how many projects we have underway, each project is considered and developed one by one. Each project starts in its own unique way. Sometimes, it’s a quick line drawing in a sketchbook, usually when navigating the direction of a project; at other times a more refined watercolor or collage when resolving the form of an object."1

The exhibition focuses on a group of ceramics. This new body of work has its roots in experimentation. As Barber and Osgerby were testing clays and glazes a couple of years ago, while developing a collection of tableware, they were struck by the imprecision of the process. Clay reacts unpredictably, particularly when fused with glazes. As much of their work as industrial designers is concerned with control and perfection in manufacture, there is rarely any space for serendipity. This way of working, on the contrary, is erratic, fast, expressive and exciting, the antithesis of, and antidote to, their day-to-day, exacting design practice. These tiles were produced by pouring a liquid slip over the clay in a single motion with a great economy of means. Only natural colors were used: a black or a terracotta bodied clay, with a palette of black, white and terracotta clay slips, to create ceramics with an intense natural quality.

As a counterpoint to the ceramics, a series of pencil drawings feature elements of Barber and Osgerby's design work. In isolation, these elevational drawings take on a new abstract quality as they capture the essence of the objects they contributed to shape.

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby founded studio Barber & Osgerby in 1996 after graduating with master’s degrees in Architecture from The Royal College of Art in London. Their wide body of work spans industrial design, furniture, lighting and site-specific installations, as well as gallery and public commissions such as the London 2012 Olympic Torch and projects for the Royal Mint. They are currently working with leading global manufacturers including Vitra, Knoll, B&B Italia, Flos, Venini and Hermès. Their work is held in permanent museum collections around the world including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Design Museum in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2013, the duo was recognized in the Queen’s Birthday Honors and awarded OBEs for their services to the design industry. In September 2017 Barber and Osgerby published their latest monograph with Phaidon, ‘Barber Osgerby, Projects’ written by Jana Scholze.

1 Barber, E. & Osgerby, J. (2015). One by One. Retrieved from http://barberosgerby.com/projects/view/one-by-one1/

Press

Disegno, July 2018