British designers Jay Barber and Edward Osgerby, interviewed in the Sunday edition of Financial Times House & Garden.
In its September 11 Sunday edition, FT House & Home featured a profile on British designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby. Catching the pair in their east London office, “Brothers by Design” discusses their inadvertent beginnings in furniture and participation in the London Design Biennale, which takes place at Somerset House this month. After their first design for a coffee table, “suddenly that was it, we were off,” Barber told FT. “We entered another world—one that we hadn’t necessarily planned to get into.”
The designers' 2014 collaboration with Knoll on the Barber Osgerby Lounge Collection began with a project inspired by Florence Knoll’s classic sofa and uses the same architectural approach to comfortable seating. The resulting sofa system involves an elegant yet firm massing that contrasts with the structural transparency of the Piton™ Stool and Side Table, the pair’s most recent additions to the collection.
In the same issue of FT House & Home, Piero Lissoni’s Avio modular sofa system for Knoll was included in a selection of designs to look out for at the upcoming London Design Festival. Avio, a relaxed sofa system built around a thin structural beam, marks the Italian designer’s second collaboration with Knoll after the Divina Lounge Collection in 2004.
As part of the festival, Knoll will host a conversation with Lissoni at its Clerkenwell showroom on September 20, to celebrate the launch of the new collection. The Italian designer will discuss the concept and technological complexities behind the Avio sofa system, which was revealed to acclaim at the 2016 Salone del Mobile in Milan earlier this year.
Avio modular sofa system by Piero Lissoni for Knoll, included in a roundup of the London Design Festival 2016.