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Boris Berlin. High Grid (39 x 50 x 139 cm. Edition of 20)

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High Grid’ (2017) by Boris Berlin 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 ‘High Grid’ 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 ‘High Grid’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 ‘High Grid’ is very challenging, and the designer produces it in a partnership with a great Danish craftsman.

Boris Berlin


Born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg, Russia) in 1953, Boris graduated from the Higher School of Art and Industry, St. Petersburg 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 moved to Denmark founding Boris Berlin Design. In 1987 he is co-founder and partner of Komplot Design and in 2010 he is founding partner of Iskos-Berlin Design. Boris Berlin’s activities are mainly within product and furniture design, but he also undertakes exhibition and graphic design projects. In his design he focuses on experimenting with new technologies and materials exploring their possibilities and impact on design of everyday objects. The geography of his clients spreads from Denmark and Sweden to USA and Japan, including such companies as Gubi, Hay, Muuto, Normann, Fritz Hansen, R+R, Källemo, Tendo Mokko, Stylex Seating, Jot.Jot and so forth. His designs received numerous distinctions and 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. and his works are represented in design museums around the world, among them: Design Museum Denmark, Trapholt, Designmuseo, Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum Munich, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Vitra Design Museum, etc. Boris Berlin is awarded the Thorvald Bindesbøll Medal by the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts for excellence in the fields of applied art and industrial design. He has curated and designed diverse design exhibitions and participated in a number of exhibitions, led master classes in various design schools and was invited as a key-note speaker at several design conferences.

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    59.0 x 146.0 x 49.0 cm (23.2 x 57.5 x 19.3 in)

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