Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby studied architecture at the Royal College of Art in London. Their collaboration started while they were still in school. In 1996, they founded the design studio Barber Osgerby. Their first piece, the Loop Table, was much-acclaimed and is part of the collections of the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the V&A Museum in London. Many successful products for renowned companies followed; their cooperation with ClassiCon began in 2004.
In addition to their first company, the two designers founded another design studio in London: today, “Universal” is considered one of the most innovative design consulting agencies for architecture, interiors and exhibition design in the world. Whether in furniture, industrial design or architecture, Barber Osgerby represent the philosophy of interaction design – their key question is directed toward the best-possible interactive relationship between user and object. The Royal Society of Arts awarded them the title Royal Designer for Industry in 2013.