In collaboration with twentytwentyone, leading British designers, Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby have created an elegant range of lighting drawing on the heritage of Japanese lantern-making. The Hotaru collection represents the perfect unison of traditional craft with an enduring aesthetic that is as modern as it is timeless. Key to the sustainable production is the folding nature of the construction which allows minimal packaging for global distribution, with dramatic impact and volume when installed in domestic and commercial interiors.
Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby founded their eponymous studio in 1996 after graduating with Master’s degrees in Architecture from The Royal College of Art in London. From their first studio in Trellick Tower in London, they designed their first piece, the Loop Table, produced by Isokon in 1997. Much of Barber and Osgerby’s early work involved the folding and shaping of sheet material, influenced by the white card that they had used frequently in architectural model making.