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Barber & Osgerby’s New Works Launched at Salone del Mobile Milan 2017

SEEN had to go and check out Milan Design Week 2017, also known as ‘Salone del Mobile 2017’, because it’s the biggest design event on the planet, serving as an international reference point for furniture design since it began in 1961. We love the way the city transforms into a giant catwalk for all that’s new in design, with nearly every corner turned into exhibition space. And we also wanted to follow the new works by award-winning British designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, from the London-based studio, Barber & Osgerby.

At this year’s furniture fair in Milan, they have launched several new and very exciting products, including Aes for Hermès Maison; Bellhop family for FLOS; Mariposa Club for Vitra; TIBBO collection extension for DEDON; and Tobi-Ishi Outdoor for B&B Italia.

SEEN was very much looking forward to the launch of Bellhop, the new lighting family for Flos. Originally designed as a table lamp for the new London Design Museum, the Bellhop family has been adapted into a collection of lamps, including a portable wireless table top lamp, a pendant, a wall light and an outdoor range of lamps.

Aes for Hermès Maison was launched at La Pelota space, the same setting used for the launch of Barber & Osgerby’s first projects with Established & Sons in the mid-2000s. Cast in bronze, in a single-use mould, the sculptural Aes coffee table for Hermès is the first piece from this new collaboration.

Aes Table for Milan Barber & Osgerby

Another striking design by Barber & Osgerby are the new variants of VITRA’s Mariposa family of sofas: the Mariposa Club Sofa and the Mariposa Club Armchair. Both pieces epitomise a design philosophy that seeks quality and expressive flair in a condensed format, exuding an invitingly cosy feel with a modern touch. The slimline body of both the sofa and armchair offers maximum seating comfort, while the compact dimensions take up limited space.

The TIBBO collection is German-based furniture DEDON’s first collection with Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby. Launched earlier this year, it consists of a dining chair, four sizes of dining table, two sizes of bench, a lounge chair, a coffee table and a side table. The TIBBO collection is equally at home outdoors, where it will naturally acquire a silver-grey patina, or indoors, where it will retain its golden hue. With its material mix of teak, textiles and woven fibre for the seats, every piece conveys an exceptionally rich and luxurious feel.

This 56th edition of the Salone del Mobile Milano successfully drew to a close with 343,602 attendees in 6 days from 165 countries, with the participation of over 2,000 companies (34% of them from other countries), which underpinned their close partnership with the city of Milan, confirming the city and the event’s status as capitals of design. A perfect setting for the beautiful designs by SEEN favourites Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby.

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