London design duo Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby have designed gorgeous teak outdoor furniture for the label Dedon. Their creations couldn’t be comfier or more stylish.
What is the secret of a good product?
Edward Barber: A good product should be meaningful and useful; ideally it should also be passed down the generations and used every day. A classic is an object that you never tire of and treasure, but also cannot live without on a practical, everyday level.
Is this the design philosophy you applied when you designed the “Tibbo” furniture range for Dedon?
Jay Osgerby: We designed the collection with the intention of bringing the sensibility of indoor furniture outside. That’s why the pieces work both inside and outside the home. The chairs and tables are tactile and architecturally calm, which we intended to contrast with the often chaotic nature of the outside environment. The furniture is crafted from premium teak sourced from sustainable plantations, and so has great weather resistance and durability, even in extreme conditions. If the collection is outside, it will naturally acquire a beautiful silver-gray patina, whereas indoors it will retain its golden hue. The cushions and the soft-touch, natural-looking fiber that we developed specially for this collection provide comfortable seating. The furniture is also light enough to be moved around with ease.
How much of your personal style is in the products?
Edward Barber: It is difficult to pinpoint a particular “style” in our work, because we approach each project in isolation. For us, the design process involves a series of discussions, sketches and model-making over a period of time until we are satisfied with the solution.
What do you like most about your job?
Edward Barber: I love working with great manufacturers who share our vision and collaborate to create items that are timeless, versatile and uncompromising. There are so many products out there that we have to ensure that anything we add to the mix is worthy of the resources and materials utilized.
What inspires you?
Jay Osgerby: Most things. As a designer you can’t help but look at the world with an enquiring mind. Our minds are full of problems that need to be solved. We find solutions when we least expect it, and that’s the magical part of being a designer – noticing it when you see it.
Interview: Uta Abendroth; © Dedon, published in GG (3/17).