Both born in Tel Aviv, Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay studied at the Bezalel Art & Design Academy in Jerusalem before moving to London where, after obtaining a diploma from the Royal College of Art in 2006, 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. The year 2009 proved to be very important, in addition to the Elle Decoration International Design Award for Stack by Established & Sons, the duo received the Designers of the Future Award 2009 in the furniture section at Design Miami/Basel. They work with a number of international brands and producers, such as Cappellini, Established & Sons, Moroso, Kvadrat, Stella McCartney, Arco, Golran, Moustache and Lema. Their work is part of the permanent collections at the MoMA in New York and other international museums. Yael and Shay occasionally produce limited edition pieces and installations based on experiments done at their London studio. In 2015, the pair presented a new large-scale installation at Chatsworth House, where colourful patterned flooring will be installed in the sculpture gallery and wooden seating will grow from the floor.