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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