In 1969 they founded the studio Barber & Osgerby in London.
One of their first collaborative projects was the "Loop Table", an illusory simple coffee table with a birch ply top looping around the base, which was produced first by Isokon Plus in the UK, then by Cappellini in Italy.
In 2004 Barber & Osgerby were awarded the Jerwood Applied Arts Prize for furniture, the UK’s most significant applied and decorative arts prize. This led to a commission to design furniture for the De La Warr Pavilion, Britain’s most important modernist building. The resulting cast aluminium chair is now in the Victoria & Albert Museum collection.
In 2005 the Zero-In table was launched by the British producer Established & Sons. The table employs car industry techniques in its construction, never before used in the furniture industry. In May of the same year, in collaboration with Pantone, Barber & Osgerby created the central space for the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York. The now iconic multi-coloured flight stools were produced with corresponding Pantone reference numbers screen-printed on the side. More recently they have been commissioned to design the furniture for the entrance foyer of the Royal Institute of British Architects in Portland Place.
Barber & Osgerby were also jointly named "designers of the future" with Established & Sons at Design Basel/Miami in June 2006.
They develop collections for leading manufacturers and clients such as Magis, Authentics, Venini, Swarovski, Flos, Established & Sons and Panasonic.
Both Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby have lectured at a number of design events and design schools, including hosting workshops at Ecal, Switzerland and the Vitra Design Museum.
Barber & Osgerby’s work can be found in numerous permanent collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Design Museum, London.