Furniture and product designers Edward Barber, left, and Jay Osgerby are the Astaire and Rogers of 21st century minimalism. Objects they make -- be they oak choir benches for a cathedral or plastic clothes hangers for Levi's jeans -- look effortlessly graceful. The British duo, shown here at work on the prototype for the Tip Ton chair for Vitra, specialize in pricey limited-edition pieces, which explains why they are barely known outside certain design circles. But the recent release of a handsome monograph, "The Design Work of Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby" from Rizzoli
may change that, delighting existing fans and winning over other design enthusiasts interested in the marriage of computer-generated design with old-fashioned craft.