ISRAELI BORN, LONDON BASED DESIGNERS
Design duo Shay Alkalay and Yael Mer set up Raw Edges, a London-based design studio, after both graduating with a Masters in Product Design from the Royal College of Art. Yael’s main focus includes turning two dimensional sheet materials into curvaceous functional forms, whereas Shay is fascinated by how things move, function and react. Alkalay and Mer have received several highly respected awards including The British Council Talented Award, iF, Wallpaper* Design Award 2009, Elle Decoration International Design Award in 2009 and the 2009 Designer of the Future Award from Design Miami Basel. In recent projects Endgrain and Herringbones, the duo have experimented with colour, using the grain of the wood to carry the dye through the timber. In 2015 the Stack-Up Series used many different materials, textures and colours to present new unique bespoke editions of the design. Alkalay’s Stack is included in the permanent collection of MoMA in New York.