In February 2022, the British designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby unveiled their first solo exhibition with Galerie kreo in London, with a collection of lamps entitled ‘Signals’. The collection highlighted their longstanding passion for colour and form, and comprised 8 different models — including floor lights, wall lights, and ceiling lights. Set to coincide with the second instalment of the show opening in Paris in April 2022, ‘Signal C4V’ is the ninth and last model of ‘Signals’ — existing exclusively online, in the form of an NFT. ‘Signal C4V’ marks the first NFT project undertaken by both Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, and Galerie kreo.
136 NFT lamps will be released during the sale, with a fixed price of 0.5 ETH. These will exist as 17 editions of 8, with each limited edition displaying a different colour combination opposing object and surrounding space, foreground and background.
‘Signal C4V’, like other models from the ‘Signals’ collection, is named after its shape and the number of conical shades dotting its central structure. Here, the Ceiling light has 4 cones and rises Vertically, hence C-4-V.
When the second instalment of ‘Signals’ opens in Paris in April, the show will mark Galerie kreo’s 136th exhibition. This number appears on the invitation card of the show (a kreo tradition since its 1st exhibition in 1999) — and thus constitutes a tangible link with the history of the gallery, as well as the physical objects of ‘Signals’.
To honour Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby’s passion for and continuous experimentation with colour, ‘Signal C4V’ could not exist with just one colour juxtaposition. Instead, there will be 17 colourways — a multiple of 136, but also a nod to Galerie kreo’s history of producing objects in limited editions of 8.