Designing for Work: A conversation with Barber & Osgerby

swissnex San Francisco and Vitra welcome design duo Barber & Osgerby to their first presentation in the Bay Area, celebrating the arrival of their Pacific Chair.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
Pier 17, Suite 800, San Francisco, California 94111 United States


June 17, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)


$10 - $15

Our work and our workplaces are rapidly changing. Technology is ubiquitous, and products and markets are exponentially evolving. Machines are becoming smarter, faster; humans slowly become more creative, more mobile, more nimble. Teams contract and expand, and and so do spaces. Home is the new office, the office is the new home, and everything becomes virtual.

How do you design for that?

swissnex San Francisco and Vitra are inviting the design duo Barber & Osgerby to find out, through the lens of a humble yet quintessential workplace object.

The acclaimed London-based Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby recently designed their first office chair: the Pacific Chair, developed by and for Vitra in Switzerland. Drawing on this collaboration, the talk will explore the design process, challenges, and opportunities of designing for work. Where do you find inspiration and feedback? What is the role of creativity and technology? From research and development to high-end manufacturing, how do designers respond to an ever-changing and ever-scaling world? Welcome Barber and Osgerby for their first presentation in the Bay Area.

Entry includes admittance to the ECAL Graphic Design exhibition at swissnex Gallery and music provided by DJ Pedro Arbulu.


7pm: open doors, drinks
7:30 – 8:30pm: intro, welcome by swissnex, Vitra, talk BarberOsgerby + q&a
8:30 – 10pm: food, dj Pedro Arbulu & networking


Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

barber and osgerby

Edward Barber, born in Shrewsbury in 1969, and Jay Osgerby, born in Oxford in 1969, studied architecture and interior design as fellow students at the Royal College of Art in London. In 1996, they founded their own studio for design and architecture under the name Barber & Osgerby. Since that time, their collaborative work has probed the interface between industrial design, furniture design and architecture. They are both Royal Designers for Industry (RDI) and are past recipients of the Jerwood Applied Arts prize. Both are Honorary Doctors of Arts, and Osgerby is an Honorary Fellow of Ravensbourne. (Photo: Jessica Klingelfuss).

Pedro Arbulu

pedro arbuluPedro Antonio Arbulu, Jr. has an inspiring passion for producing, playing and dancing to electronic music as well as supporting fellow artists. He was born in Lima, Peru, but has called San Francisco home for fifteen years. His eclectic taste, experience and openness has allowed him to create his own unique style.


Adrian Parra

Adrian ParraAs Head of Marketing for Vitra in the U.S. and Canada, Adrian Parra is responsible for amplifying the Vitra and Arteks brands across home, office and retail systems segments. Adrian previously worked in arts programming at the Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe. Prior to that, he was a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in Bethesda, Maryland. Adrian holds a BFA in Studio Art, Sculpture from the University of Texas at Austin, and a MBA from the City University of New York.


Emina Reissinger

Emina REmina Reissinger is the Head of Partnerships at swissnex San Francisco, where she built and runs the resident as well as corporate partnership programs. By leveraging external networks of ideas and resources, she’s become a firm believer in innovation through community + space + shared learning. Emina most recently launched the Living Lab at swissnex. Through the Living Lab, Emina focuses on three things: building a collaborative platform through prototyping ideas and projects within the resident community; working with partners to strategically implement products, design and technologies that are integral to a creative and collaborative ecosystem; and sharing learnings in a quarterly foresight workshop.

Photo credit: Patrick Züst for swissnex SF.

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