SOFT EDGE 12 UPHOLSTERY / Story
Made possible by exploring innovative developments in moulded plywood techniques, Iskos-Berlin’s Soft Edge chair blends strong curves with extreme lightness to create a three-dimensionality that is not normally possible with 2D plywood. The ultra-thin, soft-formed back and seat are free of sharp edges, embracing the body and providing human-centric comfort for constant movement. Both steel and wooden frame versions possess light, stackable qualities, making them suitable for a wide range of public and private environments – from classrooms and cafés to the home.
Iskos-Berlin is the design partnership of Aleksej Iskos and Boris Berlin, which was founded in 2010 and is based in Copenhagen. Together, they work across the fields of industrial, furniture and graphic design. The pair previously worked together at Komplot Design, Berlin was a founding member in 1987, with Iskos joining the practice in 1999. Berlin (b. 1958) 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 utilise 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.