Raw Edges

  • product design
  • Israel
  • 3 june
  • National Palace of Culture

Raw Edges is the London-based studio of Israeli designers Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay.
They have worked for Cappellini, Established & Sons and Stella McCartney, and their projects are in the permanent collections of New York's MoMA and London's Design Museum.
Typically Raw Edges design extraordinary pieces of furniture that are both entirely usable and very close to being objects of art. They prefer using unorthodox materials in unorthodox combinations – wood, paper, felt.
Yael and Shay met in 1998 at the Bezalel Art and Design Academy in Jerusalem. They applied to the Design Products Masters at the Royal College of Art and were in Ron Arad’s Design Products Course. They graduated with rather strange projects - Yael did a bin bag teddybears and Yael did an evacuation dress.
They decided to stay in London, but no one would hire them, so they founded their own studio in 2007.
Today Raw-Edges have more than 10 international awards. The list includes iF Gold Award, Dutch Design Award, Wallpaper* Design Award 2009, Elle Decoration International Design Award and Designer of the Future Award 2009 from Design Miami/ Basel.
They have done also exhibitions, talks and workshops in Rome, Berlin, Tokyo, London, Brussels, Rotterdam, Chicago, Monreal, Madrid, Beijing.
Yael likes folding and creating 3D shapes from flat materials. She dreams of working on a contemporary dance performance.
Shay likes to see how things move and react. He wants to to develop set design for Michel Gondry ‘s films and always states that in interviews, hoping that maybe soem day he will read it.
Both hate glossy 3D models and working on a computer - as their choice of studio name suggests.

The title of their talk is Raw Edges



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