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Barber & Osgerby exhibition celebrates the unfinished
Dec 4, 2013

“We have always been fascinated by the making process as it is an integral part of our work,” said Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, founders of the design studio Barber & Osgerby. “We have curated an exhibition that will provide a platform to capture and reveal a frozen moment in the manufacturing process and unveils an everyday object in its unfinished state. Often the object is as beautiful, if not more so, than the finished product.”

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby
Entitled “In the Making,” (January 22 - May 4) the exhibition curated by the pair will highlight over 20 objects in an unfinished state at the London Design Museum—from the £2 coin to a cricket bat—celebrating the intriguing beauty of the production process.

The objects have been selected because they each have an unexpected quality about them in those moments, hours or days before they assume their final, recognizable form. These points in the making process capture a peculiar and unconventional slice of time in the production of everyday objects such as tennis balls, banknotes and even diamonds.

2012 Olympic Torch "in the making"
These partially made objects give an insight into the design thinking that has driven this duo to such acclaimed success, including designing the London 2012 Olympic Torch, which went on to be awarded the Design Museum’s Design of the Year 2012.

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