We’re more than a little smitten with Tel Aviv-born, globally educated and now London-based design duo Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay, collectively known as Raw Edges Design Studio (and who also happen to be married). The couple crafts modern furniture and utilitarian, outlandishly imaginative conceptual pieces in their small shared working space in London, drawing from a seemingly bottomless well of inspiration and positivity.
Alkalay’s Stack reimagines all of the usual characteristics of a chest of drawers — and, dancing along the unifying thread of Raw Edges’ work as a whole, offers a conceptual piece solidly grounded in purpose. Its not-insignificant commercial success aside, Stack has earned a spot in MOMA’s permanent design collection. We’re pleased as punch to be sharing a city with this pair, and we’re all ears and eyes for what they do next.
The London Underground has been in the poster game for over a century, laying the conceptual track work for many an aspiring creative (we know who we are) — before, after and perhaps especially, during the management tenure of one Frank Pick. The Poster Art 150 exhibition at the London Transport Museum gathers some of the finest seen along the long ride, like these by Tom Eckersley and Eric Lombers, Edward McKnight Kauffer and Man Ray.