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.
The partnership has exhibited widely and has won many awards. In 2007 they were made Royal Designers for Industry.