Barber Osgerby present ‘Signals’ at Galerie Kreo

The ‘Signals’ collection of floor, wall and ceiling lamps features aluminium bases and Venini glass cones (on view until 26 March 2022)

Two images showing lamps by Barber Osgerby for Kreo in red and green, and in blue
(Image credit: Photography: Eva Herzog, Courtesy Galerie Kreo)

Taking inspiration from the shape of the cone, British designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby have designed a series of lamps, presented in a new solo show at London’s Galerie Kreo. Titled ‘Signals’, the Barber Osgerby exhibition comprises floor, wall, and pendant lamps made of aluminium and glass. 

‘There is something about the cone that we often return to,’ says Barber. ‘There’s an energy in its form,’ adds Osgerby. ‘In technical drawing, orthographic projection makes use of the conical form to define the view of the object we are drawing. It is a code that is deeply embedded in our minds.’

Yellow and white floor lamps and red hanging lamp

(Image credit: Photography Courtesy Galerie Kreo)

Each lamp consists of an aluminium box that forms the design’s base, onto which conical glass cones are attached. Each of the colourful glass shades is mouth-blown by master craftsmen at the Venini workshops in Murano, Venice. ‘There’s a tension between the industrial and the artisanal elements of the lamps, which we call engineered craft,’ explains Osgerby. ‘We’re always trying to work in this space between the sketch and the machine.’

The collection is defined by bold, tertiary colours, made brighter by the light shining through the glass shapes – an approach that fits with Barber Osgerby’s ongoing preoccupation with colour composition. 

Blue floor lamp by Barber Osgerby

(Image credit: Photography: Eva Herzog, Courtesy Galerie Kreo)

The lamps’ shapes, the designers note, are reminiscent of old-school audio equipment and dystopian, Cold War-era sci-fi designs, their rigorous construction softened by the glass, colour and light. ‘These are technical objects and we haven’t tried to soften them by adding curves or further refinement,’ continues Osgerby. ‘They're bold, monolithic objects, but those qualities then contrast against the core crafted forms that emit light.’

The ‘Signals’ collection summarises some of the ongoing topics of research of the studio, from manufacturing techniques to more complex explorations of forms. The cone, for instance, is chosen as a shape that is both ideal for the transmission of light, as well as a shape that ‘encourages reception’, as the eye can process colour information thanks to cone-shaped cells. ‘They are the ideal shape to transmit and receive information,’ says Barber. ‘They invite engagement.’

Installation image of Barber Osgerby lamps at Galerie Kreo, London

(Image credit: Photography Courtesy Galerie Kreo)

The lamps’ elegant aesthetic is made more contemporary by details such as the oversized buttons on the aluminium bases, and the fact that the glass shades can be moved to shift the light’s glow. 

‘“Signals” is a continuation of themes that have been evolving in the background of our work for some time,’ concludes Osgerby. ‘It encompasses engineered craft, our love of Venini glass and colour, and our enjoyment of working with light to change a space.’

Red and light green floor lamp

(Image credit: Photography: Eva Herzog, Courtesy Galerie Kreo)

Detail of white and yellow lamp

(Image credit: Photography: Eva Herzog, Courtesy Galerie Kreo)


‘Signals’ is on view at Galerie Kreo until 26 March 2022


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Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.