Iskos-Berlin Design is a partnership of Aleksej Iskos and Boris Berlin. The company was established in late 2010, but Aleksej and Boris have been working together for a number of years. In 1987, Boris co-founded Komplot Design, where Aleksej was employed for more than 11 years. This long and fruitful cooperation has allowed them to develop a shared philosophy of design
They 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!
Iskos-Berlin experiments with new technologies and materials, to explore their impact on everyday objects. These objects have their own individual histories, which are also part of wider narratives of the way we interacting and thinking with things. By allowing the materials to choose their own direction, to speak for themselves, we try to bring a novel twist to this ongoing, and unending, story.
In their work to create the first series of lights for Lightyears, the design duo were inspired by recognized and unrecognized flying objects.