Grid interprets the counteraction between the human body and the chair, breaking its shape down into a skeleton. In this way, the chair is reminiscent of the Bauhaus, reducing complex forms into their basic constituents. Of course, what is not there in Grid Chair is just as important as what is; the negative spaces invite speculation and indicate many facets of the body that cannot be represented.
In the words of Boris Berlin: “A geometrically precise wooden grid of the iconic chair silhouette, transformed by the memory of a human body…”
The grid flow is the secret to Grid Chair’s appeal: it seems to say that the human body, however ordered, cannot be contained. From a craftsmanship point of view, the construction of the Grid Chair is very challenging and the designer produces it in a partnership with a great Danish craftsman – cabinetmaker Gert Kjeltoft.
Born in Leningrad in the Soviet Union (St. Petersburg, Russia) in 1953, Boris Berlin graduated from the Higher School of Art and Industry 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 Boris moved to Denmark, founding “Boris Berlin Design”.
In 1987 he became a co-founder and partner of Komplot Design, which has received numerous design awards.
In 2010, Boris Berlin co-founded and became a partner of Iskos-Berlin Design, together with Aleksej Iskos, who was earlier working in Komplot Design. The two of them 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.
In 2015 Boris Berlin was awarded The Thorvald Bindesbøll Medal by the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts for excellence in the fields of applied art and industrial design.
Dansk Designpris, G-Mark (Japanese Golden Design Award), The Forum AID Award: Best Nordic product, several Red Dot – Best of the Best Awards, Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany
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, Vitra Design Museum in Germany etc.
Institute of Applied Arts and Design, Leningrad 1975
Boris Berlin has curated and designed several design exhibitions and participated in many of them. He has also led a number of master classes in design schools.