Aleksej Iskos and Boris Berlin formed their Copenhagen-based studio in 2010. Together, they work across the fields of industrial, furniture, and graphic design. The pair previously worked together at Komplot Design, which Berlin co-founded in 1987, with Iskos joining the practice in 1999. Berlin (b. 1953) is from St. Petersburg, Russia, and is a graduate of the city’s Institute of Applied Arts. While Iskos (b. 1965) is from Kharkov, Ukraine, and has studied architecture, engineering, and industrial design in both Ukraine and Denmark. Their approach is to “see design as an art of storytelling” and they pay particular attention to the materiality of objects, often letting this define the language of their designs. Their exploratory nature often results in products that utilize new technologies and materials. For HAY, Iskos-Berlin have created the Soft Edge series of chairs and stools, a design created in the knowledge that there is no ultimate sitting posture, rather that our natural state is one of constant dynamic movement.
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