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Boris Berlin

Designer/Partner/KOMPLOT Design & ISKOS-BERLIN
Medlem siden / member since 2013



“We see design as an art of storytelling. This story is normally quite complex, consisting of semantics, morphology, materiality, technology of objects and many other elements. But the clearer your story is, the more likely people are to understand it. The more surprising you make your story, the more likely they are to remember it. And finally the more you make people smile, the more likely they are to love it!"

Born in Leningrad in the Soviet Union (now St. Petersburg, Russia) in 1953, Boris graduated from the Institute of Applied Arts and Design in 1975. He began his career as an industrial and graphic designer at VNIITE, Leningrad, where he designed a wide range of industrial products.
In 1983 he moved to Denmark, founding Boris Berlin Design, from 1985 working in Penta Design.
In 1987, he became a co-founder and partner of Komplot Design, which has received numerous design awards, among them: Dansk Designpris, G-Mark (Japanese Golden Design Award), The Forum AID Award: Best Nordic product, Red Dot – Best of the Best Award, Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany, etc.

In 2010, Boris Berlin co-founded Iskos-Berlin Design in partnership with Aleksej Iskos, who was earlier working in Komplot Design. The two have developed a shared philosophy of design and their studio focuses on industrial, furniture and graphic design, and it specialises in experimenting with new technologies and materials to explore their impact on design of everyday objects.
The geography of their clients spreads from Denmark and Sweden to USA and Japan including such companies as Gubi, Hay, Normann, Muuto, Light Years, Versus, Källemo, Blå Station, Zero, Tendo, Stylex and so forth.

Komplot Design’s and Iskos-Berlin Design’s works are represented in collections of several design museums around the world, among them: Design Museum Denmark, Die Neue Sammlung - The International Design Museum Munich, Museum of Modern Art, New York, etc.

Boris Berlin has also curated and designed several design exhibitions and participated in a number of them, was key-note speaker at several design conferences and he has led many master classes in design schools.

Profil / Profile

Co-founder and Partner of ISKOS-BERLIN Design.

Co-founder and Partner of KOMPLOT Design

Member of Danish Art Foundations Project Support Committee of Crafts & Design

Kompetencer / Competencies

Product design
Furniture design
Exhibition design
Graphic design
Design strategy
Corporate visual identity
Project management

Uddannelse / Education

Graduate of the Institute of Applied Arts and Design, Skt. Petersburg
1975.