Edward Barber studied Interior Design at Leeds Polytechnic and in 1992 moved to London to study Architecture and Interiors at the Royal College of Art.

Jay Osgerby studied furniture design at Ravensbourne College of Art and in 1992 moved to the RCA to study Architecture and Interiors. Edward and Jay met at the RCA and in 1996 they formed BarberOsgerby.

Together they now have an extensive and diverse portfolio of modern furniture and contemporary lighting for designer brands such as Isokon Plus, Magis, KnollStudio, Flos, Asplund, Cappellini and Vitra.