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Button Tables

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Button Tables

Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby

Small tables

Description

Multipurpose tables with lacquered cylindrical bases that taper in slightly at the bottom smoothing out their geometry. There are two oval variants accompanied by a third with a round shape. All have a marble top with a raised edge resembling a tray. A formal exercise is created through the combination of different materials, the contrast between the hardness of marble, soft design and minimal details giving the illusion of imperceptible movements of form.
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Barber & Osgerby have given the Button Tables the same care and attention they gave their more iconic project, Tobi-Ishi. The innovation seems more formal than functional. Softness and stiffness, a combination of contrasting materials, and minimal details that create imperceptible movements in the development of the shapes are the recurrent themes of the duo from London, whose language is recognizable even when it comes to service elements. The lacquered cylindrical bases are slightly rounded at the bottom to soften their geometry and produce soft, well calibrated shapes and precise details.

Technical information

Top 
marble (matt polyester finish)

Frame 
polyethylene tubular

Brace 
steel

Base-frame 
laminate MDF wood fibre panel

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Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby founded their East London studio in 1996, after studying architecture together at the Royal College of Art. Their approach is characterised by its emphasis on experimentation and innovation and an exploratory attitude to materiality and colour.

From these areas of focus emerge solutions that reflect the close relationship of their work with industrial processes and new technologies, but also its affinities with fine art. The strength of Barber and Osgerby’s creative partnership has led to collaborations with some of the world’s most progressive companies and a diversity of output that encompasses architecture, interiors, sculpture, product and exhibition design. Amongst many professional accolades, Barber and Osgerby received the Jerwood prize in 2004 and in 2007 were awarded the status of “Royal Designers for Industry”. In 2013 they were appointed to the Order of the British Empire, for services to the design industry.

Examples of their work are held in the permanent collections of major museums around the world, such as the Design Museum in London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, to name a few. In 2001 Barber and Osgerby founded Universal to function in parallel with their primary studio. Focused on the fields of architecture, interiors and exhibition design, Universal is now recognised as one of the world’s most innovative creative design consultancies. In 2012 they launched Map, a strategy-based industrial design consultancy, Map.

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