London based design studio Barber Osgerby stands as a testament to the fact that high quality work will always win through, with or without the media status “star designer”
While its fair to say that many of their contemporaries have been placed on international glossy magazine pedestals, Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby have remained largely in the shadows, quietly producing consistently high quality work for both international producers and private customers.
That is however slowly changing and Barber Osgerby are now getting the public recognition they unquestionably deserve.
The pair first achieved a wider public with their award winning De La Warr Chair through Established & Sons in 2005; however in the course of their career Barber Osgerby have built up strong relationships and delivered highly individual collections for companies as varied as Capellini, Magis or ClassiCon.
In 2010 Barber Osgerby completed their first project for Vitra – the Map Table and Tip Ton Chair.
The launch of Map Table and Tip Ton Chair in Milan came shortly after the announcement that Barber Osgerby had won perhaps their most prestigious contract thus far: the commission to design the Olympic Torch for London 2012.
In July 2012 Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby’s torch will light the Olympic Fire – but here and now in July 2011 you can light your own fire with Jay Osgerby’s Caipirissima
And if you share your favourite cocktail recipe us you could win a limited edition Dark Lime Panton Chair from Vitra.
Full details on how to enter our summer competition can be found here.
Jay Osgerby’s Caipirissima
2 measures of White Rum
1 measure of Sugar Syrup
0.25 measure of lime juice.
Cut the lime into eigths.
Muddle the lime and sugar to release the juices and oils in the skin of the lime.
Pour rum and extra lime juice into glass, add crushed ice and stir.
The London 2012 Olympic Torch by Barber Osgerby
Tip Ton by Barber Osgerby for Vitra
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ClassiCon at IMM Cologne 2010
On Wednesday a tweet fluttered into our (smow)twitter from @imm_cologne with the information that the Munich based producer ClassiCon had decided to return to IMM Cologne.
Which in the wake of the shock we received on our first day here in Köln didn’t go unnoticed among the thousands of invites to cocktail parties and sumptuous buffets at some of Cologne’s finer addresses we’re forced to deal with.
Established in 1990 from the dying embers of the 1898 established “Vereinigte Werkstätten für Kunst im Handwerk” (for the sake of convenience lets just call it a collective of designers) ClassiCon inherited the rights to produce the works of designers such as Eileen Gray or Otto Blümel. Not content to rest on their laurels however, ClassiCon were quick to cooperate with young, emerging talents such as Konstantin Grcic or Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby.
ClassiCon at IMM Cologne - Party!!
And it is this mix of established classics and modern innovation that has seen ClassiCon develop and expand over the last 20 years.
And is also one of the reasons a trade fair such as IMM Cologne needs companies like ClassiCon as a counter balance to the mediocre tat being peddled in other halls by men who think an expensive suit and an iPhone somehow makes them important and their products more valuable.
It’s not a second hand car show!
But back to quality designer furniture and ClassiCon.
Adjustable Table by Eileen Gray through ClassiCon - detail
To celebrate their 20th anniversary ClassiCon are now offering a 20 year guarantee on the Adjustable Table by Eileen Gray. One of the true classics of 1920s design, Gray originally created the Adjustable Table – as with the chair Roquebrune and the Petite Coiffeuse – for her own house in Roquebrune on the Cote d’Azur. With it’s chromium-plated steel tubing frame the adjusting of the Adjustable Table functions via a simple slot/rod mechanism; all beautifully set-off by a small chrome chain.
For such a product one really doesn’t need a 20 year guarantee – an Adjustable Table will outlive it’s owner – but it is still nice to see ClassiCon standing so squarely behind their craftsmen.
Elsewhere on the ClassiCon stand we were delighted to finally get to see Saturn by Barber Osgerby; and would have loved to have compared it to Otto Blümel’s Nymphenburg, only that was far too high up.
And as ever, there are an awful lot of cheats, crooks and bandits out there and so before investing in design furniture always check that you are buying an officially licensed original. The designs of Eileen Gray, for all the Adjustable Table, the Bibendum Chair or the Non Conformist chair are globally among the most illegally copied furniture designs.
Only ClassiCon however are licensed to produce the works.
And only ClassiCon offer a 20 year guarantee on their craftsmanship.
Below is a small promotional video made by the IMM Cologne team in which ClassiCon boss Oliver Holy explains a little about the company and their relationship to IMM. Clever cats that they are the IMM marketing team have released it on sevenload: and so we’ve not got round to ripping and subtitling it yet… but we’ll get there. But possibly not until we’re back in Leipzig with the better software. And so for now it is only available in German.
Posted in Designer, imm cologne, Producer, Product, smow am rhein Tagged with: Adjustable Table, Barber Osgerby, Bibendum Chair, ClassiCon, Edward Barber, Eileen Gray, imm, imm cologne, imm köln, Jay Osgerby, Konstantin Grcic, Non Conformist chair, Nymphenburg, otto blümel, Petite Coiffeuse, Roquebrune, Saturn