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A dramatic oversize oval makes for a striking variation on the knitted pendant conceived by design duo Iskos-Berlin for Copenhagen's Made By Hand. With a revolutionary 3D knitting technique and a high-tech yarn, they bring the centuries-old medium of knitting firmly into the 21st century to create a new kind of 360-degree lamp. Illumination glows through the knitted surface and veils the light source hidden within. As a focal point over a dining table or a statement piece in any living area, it brings a subtle glow to the proceedings and easily melds with a variety of interiors..
“One of the biggest challenges for a designer,” notes Boris Berlin of Iskos-Berlin, “is to create quiet objects that don’t intrude with their egocentricity, don’t compete with the surroundings or the architecture, but still carry a strong identity and are easy to recognize and remember.” With design partner Aleksej Iskos, the duo’s Copenhagen-based studio has gained international renown for its furniture, industrial and graphic design. Leningrad-born, Boris previously founded much-lauded Komplot Design, where Ukraine native Aleksej was employed as a longtime assistant. Collaborating with some of the world’s most prestigious manufacturers, Iskos-Berlin’s work has been featured in museums around the world and at both MoMA and the Danish Design Museum.
The partners say their aim is for a sharper and more precise take on design with an emphasis on delving into new technologies and materials. Likening their process to the art of storytelling, they admit that the narrative of a product may be complex but, in the end, the clearer the story is, the more likely people are to understand it. As to finding inspiration, Aleksej says it comes from everywhere. “From the beauty of nature in all its shapes, constructions and materials, to industrial processes,” he says. “In addition to art and literature and, not least of all, meeting with interesting people.”