London-based designers Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby present their debut exhibition at Haunch of Venison gallery in London. Entitled Ascent, the work is inspired by the structures and engineered forms of moving craft; Forms that have, what Barber and Osgerby refer to as, ‘hidden design’.
Interested in aeronautics and sailing since their childhood days, the designers were able to indulge in exploration of pure form and structure for this collection of sculptural pieces. According to Osgerby, “Those things that have evolved or that have been engineered to move swiftly through air or water often have an intrinsic formal beauty.”
These concepts are clearly illustrated in the fin-like shape of Foil V, a wall-mounted brass structure (seen above), or the satellite shape of Planform Array V, an angular, hanging chandelier with eight segments fixed around a central axis (below left). What resonates is the purity of Minimalist sculpture imbued with an aerodynamic quality.
Barber and Osgerby – two of the most versatile designers around – work in a range of design disciplines, from industrial design to architecture. Notably, their firm was chosen to design the Olympic Torch for the London 2012 Games. Ascent is on view through Nov. 19 at Haunch of Venison, London.