Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay were born in Tel Aviv and studied at the Jerusalem Bezalel Art & Design Academy, before moving to London. After gaining diplomas from the Royal College of Art in 2006, they set up the Raw Edges Design Studio. They have collaborated with brands such as Cappellini, Established & Sons, Moroso, Kvadrat, Stella McCartney, Arco, Golran and Moustache. They have pieces in the permanent collection at MoMa in New York as well as other leading museums around the world. Raw Edges also produces limited edition pieces and installations at their London studio. They have received important awards such as the British Council Talented Award, the iF Gold Award, the Dutch Design Award, the Wallpaper* Design Award 2009, the Elle Decoration International Design Award, the Designer of the Future Award 2009 from Design Miami/Basel and the Best Design Award 2012 from Architekture und Wohnen. They designed the Booken bookcase for Lema in 2013.