Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby founded their eponymous studio 15 years ago, but this year their achievements have hit an all-time high. They’ve designed ‘Beaker’ ceramic wall lights for Italian lighting supremo Flos and the ‘Tip Ton’ dining chair with a rocking base for Vitra (both pictured). They also scooped the commission to design the Olympic torch, which they’ve interpreted in sleek perforated gold.
Lee Broom’s star has risen so high that he really doesn’t need an introduction. In the past 12 months, the dynamic furniture, lighting and interior designer has wowed us with his parquet-inspired designs for Deadgood, striking ‘Decanterlamp’ and ‘One Light Only’ lights (pictured), a concession at The Shop at Bluebird and a personal shopping suite at Topman Oxford Circus. This September, he’s launching his debut upholstery collection.
Industrial furniture and lighting designer Benjamin Hubert takes a materials-led approach to his work and turns his hand to an impressive array of furniture, products and lighting designs. His output this year has included ‘Pod’, a felt-upholstered ‘acoustic privacy chair’ for Dutch brand DeVorm (pictured); ‘Loom’ lighting (pictured) for Swedish label Zero; and the elegant ‘Maritime’ ash chair for Italian brand Casamania.
Design duo James Russell and Hannah Plumb — aka James Plumb — have a talent for spotting the potential in broken, discarded cast-offs and giving them a new lease of life. Which means they’ve been at the vanguard of the new ‘upcycling’ trend. Whether they’re replacing an old chest’s missing drawers with suitcases or making a concrete seat for an old sofa frame, their work is always quirky and stylish. In the past year, they’ve also created a pop-up hotel and completed a residency at Spazio Rossana Orlandi, one of Milan’s hippest design boutiques.