about us

The motto of the Nautilus was “Mobilis in mobili”, which means “changing within the changes” or “movement within mobility”.
This not only describes the way we at ISKOS — BERLIN approach our work, but also the history of the company. After 23 years of successful sailing Komplot Design reached the sea of changes, and out of its wake emerged something new.

ISKOS — BERLIN Design is a partnership of Boris Berlin and Aleksej Iskos.
The company works within the fields of industrial, furniture and graphic design. The firm was only established in late 2010, but Boris and Aleksej have been working together for a number of years. In 1987, Boris co-founded Komplot Design, where Aleksej was employed as an assistant for more than 11 years. This long and fruitful cooperation has allowed them to develop a shared philosophy of design. In their own words:

“We see design as an art of storytelling. This story is normally quite complex, consisting of semantics, morphology, materiality, technology of objects and many other elements. But the clearer your story is, the more likely people are to understand it. The more surprising you make your story, the more likely they are to remember it. And finally the more you make people smile, the more likely they are to love it!

Our aim is to retain the best elements of Komplot’s philosophy of design and to make them sharper, clearer and more precise.
At ISKOS — BERLIN, we look to experiment with new technologies and materials, to explore their impact on everyday objects.
These objects have their own individual histories, which are also part of wider narratives of the way we interacting and thinking with things. By allowing the materials to choose their own direction, to speak for themselves, we try to bring a novel twist to this ongoing (and unending) story”

Boris Berlin
Industrial and Graphic Designer MDD, born in St. Petersburg (Leningrad) 1953, graduate of the Institute of Applied Arts and Design, St. Petersburg 1975.
Employed by VNIITE, Leningrad in 1976 and worked freelance, designing a wide range of industrial products and graphics.
Since 1983, BORIS BERLIN DESIGN in Denmark. 1985-87 Working for Penta Design, computerized work station for Danish Post and Telegraph.
Since 1987 co-founder and partner of KOMPLOT Design.
As part of KOMPLOT Design Boris Berlin received numerous Design Awards and distinctions and is represented in several Design Museums around the World.
Since 2010 co-founder and partner of ISKOS-BERLIN Design.

Aleksej Iskos
Born in 1965 in Kharkov, Ukraine.
Studied architecture at Kharkov’s Institute of Civil Engineering and later theory of education at the State Institute of Pedagogic.
Moved to Denmark in 1991.
Graduated from Institute of Industrial Design at Denmark’s Designskole in 1996.
From 1999 to 2010 employed at Komplot Design, Copenhagen.
Various works are included in collections of The Designmuseum Danmark, The State Art Council collection and Icelandic Museum of Design.
Since 2010 co-founder and partner of ISKOS-BERLIN Design.