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Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby
Thonet chair and cricket bat in production
Pencil, can and trumpet in production photography by György Kőrössy

22 January 2014 – 05 May 2014

The secret life of cricket bats, felt hats, shoes, boots, marbles, light bulbs, whistles, pencils, coins, horns, lenses and Olympic torches.

In The Making, curated for the Design Museum by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, captures twenty four objects mid-manufacture, putting the aesthetic of the unfinished centre stage. Varying from the £2 coin to a cricket bat, a surprising range of objects have been chosen by founders of design studio Barber & Osgerby, to be exhibited in an incomplete state, celebrating the intriguing beauty of the production process.

The show gives a glimpse of the designers’ ongoing dialogue with the manufacturing process. This perspective is distinctive to their practice: throughout their careers, Edward and Jay have had a curiosity about the way things are made.

‘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. There is also the chance people will come in and say 'What a load of old crap.' Jay Osgerby.

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. Their multidisciplinary approach challenges the boundaries of industrial design, architecture and art.

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With thanks to B&B Italia
In-kind support generously provided by:
Creation Baumann
Hobs Reprographics

Exhibition graphics by Build

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