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Barber & Osgerby Present Tibbo: Bringing the Inside Out

The acclaimed design duo Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby have a diverse body of work that 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. SEEN loved their installation Forecast in the courtyard of Somerset House at last year’s Design Biennale. Now they have collaborated with German furniture producer Dedon for the first time to design TIBBO, Dedon’s first collection in teak, combining meticulous craftsmanship and superior comfort. The design of the TIBBO collection is distinctive, elegant and pure, just as you’d expect from Barber & Osgerby. With its mix of teak, textiles and woven fibre for the seats, the collection conveys a timeless quality.

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TIBBO has an architectural rigour in both its construction and proportions. The chairs are distinguished by turned arms and legs and the sail-like three-dimensional curve of its thin, formed seat back. The largest of the dining tables, a spectacular 3.5 metres in length, stands on just four legs, accommodating ten diners with ease. But the rationality of TIBBO’s design is balanced by the warmth of the wood, the comfort of the cushions and the soft touch and natural look of the fibre, specially developed for the collection.

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TIBBO is hand-crafted from slow-growth premium teak sourced from sustainable plantations – a vital consideration. Premium teak offers great weather-resistance and durability even in extreme conditions. Consisting of a dining chair, four sizes of dining table, two sizes of bench, a lounge chair, a coffee table and a side table, the collection is equally at home outdoors, where it will naturally acquire a silver-grey patina, or indoors, where it will retain its golden hue. Dedon’s furniture is always created in collaboration with international designers, based on German standards of quality, and is manufactured by hand in traditional fashion by trained artisans. In this way, every piece of furniture embodies the combination of modern technology and century-old craftsmanship.

“The TIBBO collection is significant as it marks our first collaboration with Dedon. The use of teak in the range, also a first for Dedon, has resulted in a collection that brings the sensibility of indoor furniture outside, with pieces that can work both inside and outside. The collection is tactile and architecturally calm which contrasts with the chaotic nature of the outdoors.” – Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

DEDON TIBBO collection designed by Barber & Osgerby (13)