Raw Edges

Design studio founded by Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay, where their different approaches combine in the creation of original projects.

The Raw Edges design studio, founded by Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay, joined the Mutina team in 2010. They designed the Folded, Tex, Folded XL and Tape collections.

Both born in Tel Aviv, Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay moved from Jerusalem to London, where they founded the Raw Edges Design Studio. Yael likes 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 the way things move, function and interact. These two different approaches combine in the creation of original projects, characterised by a keen sensitivity towards the environment.

“When we design ceramic tiles, we imagine a tangible material. With Folded, we wanted to recreate the illusion of a sheet of paper, with Tex the impact of a fabric, and with our last collection, Tape, we wanted to create the impression as if someone unrolled a pattern layer on the floor or on the wall, and this layer is adjustable.”

In 2009, they received the Elle Decoration International Design Award for Stack by Established & Sons and the Designers of the Future Award at Design Miami/Basel. They work with many international brands such as Cappellini, Established & Sons, Moroso, Kvadrat, Stella McCartney, Arco, Golran, Moustache and Lema. Their creations are part of the permanent collections at international museums.

Exhibitions

Happy Places

Weil am Rhein, 2018

A Designer’s Universe

Weil am Rhein, 2016-2017

Islands Milan

Milan, 2014

The Unnatural Selection

Bloomberg, 2011

Wall to Wall

London, 2009

The Pond

Bloomberg, 2009

Mount Domesticus

Miami, 2009
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