IRIS by BarberOsgerby



IRIS is a collection of five limited edition tables designed by BarberOsgerby for British brand Established & Sons.


The components are machined from solid aluminium and individually anodised, giving each strip a unique colour.


Inspired by colour charts used during the design process, the tables are shaped to show off the selected colour combinations to their best advantage. Above two photos by Mark O'Flaherty.


The collection is on show this week at The Pharmacy in Basel, Switzerland.


Each design has been produced in a limited edition of twelve. Above photo by David Brook.


Above photo by Mark O'Flaherty. All other images by BarberOsgerby.

The following information is from BarberOsgerby:


IRIS - Established & Sons launches BarberOsgerby’s exhibition

Established & Sons LIMITED presents their first exhibition by BarberOsgerby with a show called IRIS starting 8th May 2008.

IRIS features five tables, each with its own specific colour spectrum.

“Colour is a very important consideration in any designed object. With almost all our projects we use colour charts at some stage in the design process,” say Edward and Jay. “These can be fabric samples, paint charts, dye coatings or a Pantone book of printing inks. Whichever type of chart they are, they always look beautiful in their graphic layout and their diverse range of colours. The larger the colour range the more beautiful it is, as each colour is described through close hues and tones.”


Each table in the IRIS series is constructed from a single geometric component, which has been repeated to form a tessellated ring. Each individual component is machined from solid aluminium.


Colour is integral to the design of the IRIS series. Each of the variations has its own specific colour spectrum: Iris 1500 in grey tones, Iris 1300 in blue tones, Iris 1200 in green/yellow tones, Iris 600 in pink tones and Iris 500 in yellow/orange tones. Each table has been specifically designed to create the best possible form to showcase the rich colour palette.


The composition of colours, whether a graduated run of colour tones or a series of sharp tonal differences, has been painstakingly handpicked to directly complement its surrounding colours, capturing the beauty of the colour chart in a three-dimensional form. Using circular forms means that the colour patterns are continuous – no starting point and no end.


“When a variety of colours are laid out on a table suddenly the diversity of the colours becomes uplifting and alive, in the same way that the different coloured spines on a bookshelf brings a room to life,” say the designers.

There is the fine balance of visual beauty and cutting-edge technology that enables the pieces to work. The machined components are individually anodised creating a unique colour specific to that single component. The process of anodising embeds colour into the surface of the aluminium rather than coating it. This means that the aluminium can be seen through the colours. The components are then fixed together to form a faceted circle. IRIS 1500 is made up from 60 individually coloured components; IRIS 1300 and IRIS 1200 are both made up of 48; IRIS 600 and IRIS 500 from 36 components.

Starfire super-clear glass has been used for the table surface to prevent any colour alteration occurring.

Each of the five tables will be produced as a limited edition but the hand-finishing processes will create subtle differences within the edition.

The show will run from the 9th May – 4th July 2008 and can be viewed at the Established and Sons Gallery.

Established & Sons LIMITED
2-3 Duke Street, St James’s,

Opening Times
Monday – Friday, 10am-6pm

Alternatively IRIS can be viewed in Basel from the 3rd – 6th June.

The Pharmacy,
Clarastrasse 57,
4058 Basel
(opposite Art Basel)

Opening Times
Tuesday - Thursday, 10am – 8pm
Friday, 10am – 5pm

Posted on Thursday June 5th 2008 at 7:33 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • (((0)))

    I want to see more about the guy wh0’s working on…

  • Mattia

    Beautiful, beautiful work. BarberOsgerby are fast becoming one of my favorite design teams working today. Really great intelligence and attention to detail in all of their projects.

  • This looks really stunning (again!)
    Those leopards @ established & sons sure know what’s fresh & goin’ on…

  • ak


  • mucugoro

    I dont think so

  • At last

    this is actually amazing

  • Fling

    Painstakingly handpicked colours capturing the beauty of a colour chart?
    I recently lovingly bought a desk by hand from IKEA.

  • piero meastro

    These objects are beautiful, the colors and the techniques are so fresh to me.
    Well done – stunning.


  • emm

    so.. it’s a table?.. makes me think…

  • Andrew S.

    Wow. These are incredible!

  • Austin


  • bald skull

    all of those top pix make no sense. it’s not until a person is seen that their scale makes any sense.

    but they are lovely.

  • Beautiful. The colours of the stripes play out very well.

  • fanstas

    When I saw them at the opening, my jaw dropped ! This are in instant design classic.
    The only thing is: Why are the pieces machined, when they could have been casted? It they are the same piece, make sense to cast and then machine the details. But not machine the whole thing from a solid pieces for each one.

  • Matt

    Very beautiful but where do you legs/knees go if you were to sit at this table?

  • cpcp

    The dude should have put some more thought into the internal design of those alu pieces – solid alu is very OTT. He could have put in some simple cut outs/ribbing and removed a good percentage of material without changing the outer appearance at all.
    I’m keen to see a polished alu version too …

  • cpcp

    Also – how does he insert/screw in the last alu piece in each table???

  • joe

    wow, very cool anodized aluminium stuff. That would go along with these chairs here really well:

  • Really nice, the simplicity of the form is made interesting by the colours. Good done, an istant classic.

  • kojo

    solid aluminum? why not gold.. i mean we are still designers not artists. Even if the table looks very nice, in terms of production and resources its crazy… i mean we should think before we get to fascinated about all these shiny things we see in blogs…

  • geo

    iconic. two rational thumbs up…

  • José A. Brouzzó Duncan


  • tiffany

    what a waist of material…
    does the fact that it’s made in a limited edition make it art? don’t think so…
    They should have spend there time making it into a mass produceable product, that would have made sense

  • mass50

    these guys really understand what limited edition furniture is about. If you are only making 12 tables then it doesn’t matter what the material is.
    These pieces would never work in mass production and that’s just the point, they are made from multiple pieces in different colours, that’s why they are limited edition pieces no?
    Barber Osgerby are becoming some of the best designers around, understanding both mass production (Tab light for Flos etc.)and now limited editions.