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Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby founded their London studio in 1996 after graduating with Master’s in Architecture from the prestigious Royal College of Art in London. Their diverse 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.

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Iris features five table, each with its own specific colour spectrum. Iris is the word used for the circular, coloured rainbow in classical Greek mythology.

Each table had to be made from individual, coloured segments, as this was the only way to achieve the deliberate and exact variation of colour that they needed for each composition. Each segment was precision-machined, and then hand-dyed in anodizing tanks. Machining the segments from solid aluminium was the only way to enable the anodizing process: cast metal would not take the colour in the same way. The machined elements were made to an extraordinary level of precision.

Iris 500
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Iris 600
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Iris 1200
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Iris 1300
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Iris 1500
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Barber & Osgerby’s work is held in permanent museum collections around the world including London’s V&A Museum and Design Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2007 they were awarded Royal Designers for Industry by the Royal Society of Arts and in 2013 the duo were each awarded an OBE for their services to the design industry. Both hold honorary doctorates of art and lecture internationally. A definitive monograph of their work to date, titled Projects, has just been published.