Both born in Tel Aviv in 1976, Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay studied at the Bezalel Art & Design Academy in Jerusalem before moving to London. After obtaining a diploma from the Royal College of Art in 2006, they founded the Raw Edges Design Studio. Yael like
s to fold slim layers of all sorts of material as if they were paper, creating curved volumes and functional forms, while Shay has a passionate interest in a world where things move, function and interact. These two different approaches come together to c
reate a series of original projects, characterised by a keen sensitivity towards the environment. 2009 was an important year: in addition to the Elle Decoration International Design Award for Stack by Established & Sons, in the Furniture section, at Desig
n Miami/Basel the duo received the Designers of the Future Award 2009. They work with a number of international brands and producers, such as Arco, Cappellini, Bauhaus Ceramic Japan, Established & Sons and Stella McCartney.