London Layout Festival 2015: design duo Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby are the recipients of this year’s London Design and style Medal.

Barber &amp Osgerby have been announced as this year’s winners in the course of a ceremony at Canada Property this morning, as component of the British Land Celebration of Design and style awards.

“It is a enormous accolade and it’s beautiful to be acknowledged by our personal city,” Osgerby informed Dezeen.

Now in its ninth 12 months, the awards programme also presented medals for layout innovation, emerging talent and lifetime achievement. The PCH Design and style Innovation Medal was won by United kingdom-primarily based Peter Brewin and Will Crawford, who invented a cement-impregnated material called Concrete Canvas.

London 2012 Olympic Torch by BarberOsgerbyBarber &amp Osgerby’s design and style for the London 2012 Olympic Torch

The Swarovski Emerging Talent Medal went to Dutch designer Marjan van Aubel, the creator of glassware, a table and a stained glass window that all produce power from sunlight.

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Medal was bestowed on Ken Adams, the German-born British motion image manufacturing designer most famous for his set designs for the James Bond movies of the 1960s and 1970s.

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Between the judges had been V&ampA museum director Martin Roth, Royal School of Art rector Paul Thompson and head of culture for the Mayor of London, Justine Simons.

Map Table for VitraBarber &amp Osgerby’s Tip Ton tilting chair for Vitra

The London Design Medal has been awarded yearly considering that 2007 to an personal or group that has demonstrated “an exceptional contribution to London and layout”.

A assortment of Barber &amp Osgerby’s work is on display as component of an exhibition at Somerset Residence – a new venue for this year’s London Design Festival.

Shoreditch-based mostly Barber &amp Osgerby are very best known for styles like the London 2012 Olympic Torch, the Tip Ton chair for Vitra and a £2 coin commemorating 150 years of the London Underground.

Barber &amp Osgerby's Pilot chairs for Knoll feature oversized square backsBarber &amp Osgerby’s Pilot chairs for Knoll feature oversized square backs

An additional latest large-profile venture involves designing trains for Crossrail – the new cross-London railway due for completion in 2017, which is at present Europe’s greatest infrastructure undertaking.

“We’re genuinely happy to be concerned in these kind of civic tasks,” explained Osgerby. “The torch is a single and assisting Transport for London believe about the potential is yet another.”

“It truly is been 20 years of operate which is brought us to this level so it really is not like an overnight thing,” he added.

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The duo oversee 3 studios – all primarily based beneath one particular roof – with distinct places of focus. Barber &amp Osgerby is mostly for industrial style, Universal Layout Studio is responsible for architecture and interiors, and Map performs on tech-targeted tasks.

London Underground 150th anniversary coin by BarberOsgerbyBarber &amp Osgerby made a £2 coin to commemorate 150 years of the London Underground

“There are small cross­ overs on numerous projects but they are various teams of folks, so we thought it would be better that they have been recognised that way,” Barber advised Dezeen.

“It truly is also a lot more honest,” additional Osgerby. “There are other firms who do plenty of various factors and they are all below one identify but if I was I was going to engage with that business I would be a bit puzzled about it.”

The items that Barber &amp Osgerby is launching at this year’s festival incorporate a assortment of bamboo pendant lamps and a shower management unit for Axor, as nicely as a book filled with pictures that present their numerous projects from the past handful of years at distinct stages of improvement.

At Somerset Home, the pair have furnished a space named the Reading Room – portion of the 10 Designers in the West Wing group of installations. Guests will be able to browse copies of the book inside of the quiet library-like environment.

Barber and Osgerby's giant rotating mirrors reflect Raphael paintings inside the V&ampABarber &amp Osgerby set up two giant rotating mirrors inside the V&ampA’s Raphael gallery for London Layout Festival 2014

In the course of final year’s layout festival, Barber &amp Osgerby set up two giant rotating mirrors within the V&ampA’s Raphael gallery and showcased a assortment of furniture for Vitra.

Preceding winners of the London Style Medal include French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, British graphic designer Peter Saville, and London duo El Ultimo Grito.

London Design Festival 2015 runs from 19 to 27 September – see Dezeen’s guide to the need to-see exhibitions and installations.



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