We Believe the Future is Human.
Boris is a product, research and identity design consultancy founded in 2009 by industrial designers Katarina Ivarsson & Anna Karlsson. Boris Design Studio has offices in Hong Kong and Stockholm.
At Boris we believe innovation is born out of curiosity and we are firm believers that a sustainable approach is the only way forward.
We share these values with our broad spectrum of clients including multinational companies and organisations such as IKEA, SAAB, Doro, INSEAD, Kerry Logistics, Stockholm Royal Institute of Technology and Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
By adding Research Design to our scope we have tapped in to a wealth of knowledge and a large network of research institutions and affiliated industry leading companies. There we provide creative processes and design services in a variety of future tech projects within Health and Wellness, Internet of Things, Smart Home and Smart Cities.
Our expertise spans from ideation, product design and hands on production implementation to unique workshop methods and innovation strategies – we bring research into reality.
2019 A Design Award, Packaging Design Category
2018 A&D Trophy Awards, Best of Category Office Product
2018 Best Office Product, Best of Category
2015 DfA Design for Asia Award
2015 iF Product Award
2014 SwedCham Annual Business Award
2013 Perspective Award 40 under 40 in the field of Product Design
2013 Hong Kong Lighting Award
2013 iF Product Award
2010 iF Communication Award
2019 Stockholm Furniture Fair
2018 BODW City Programe
2018 Fria byggarakademin, Keynote speaker
2018 The non-intrusive future of Technology
2018 Stockholm Furniture Fair
2017 Lund University School of Design – Commencement Speaker
2017 SIFE, Shenzhen International Furniture Fair – Keynote speaker on Urbanisation
2017 SIFE Shenzhen International Furniture Fair – Entrance Exhibition
2017 Stockholm Furniture Fair
2016 Creative Swedes pop-up during BODW
2016 17th Hong Kong Forum – Panelist
2016 Symposium for IoT and Smart Home Appliances – Keynote Speaker
2016 HKTDC – Keynote Speaker New Delhi
2016 Stockholm Furniture Fair
2015 Creative Swedes pop-up during BODW
2015 HKTDC Keynote Speaker Stockholm
2015 Salone Del Mobile
2014 Swedcham Annual Business Award
2013 HKTDC – Keynote Speaker Green Trends
2013 Friends of Mobilelife
2012 DIP, Design Incubation Program – Graduates
2012 Pecha Kucha Hong Kong
2012 Salone Del Satellite
PRODUCT & PACKAGING DESIGN
We work with a wide range of products from consumer electronics and soft-goods to innovative packaging solutions. By keeping the user experience sharply in focus, we help clients innovate and create new smart products and packaging solutions with a sensibility towards sustainability and the times we live in. Happylicious is a good example of it.
We are curious which means that we love the challenge of taking on different projects whether it’s designing senior feature phones with Doro or the feat of defying physics when designing aquariums with Akvarieleasing.
As travellers, fashionistas and urban nomads with a decade of experience of soft-goods design and manufacturing in South-East Asia we can provide innovative, stylish and manufacturable designs as well as access to a great network of manufacturers. Check out the PAKT One and Sparro for great examples of our latest successful development collaborations!
Packaging design is going through an amazing change at the moment – how do we create good and eye-catching packaging that is not just added bulk? We see packaging as a natural part of meaningful product experience. In some cases, we allow the packaging to become a product in itself like the highly functional packaging for Neue Labs. From a sustainability point of view, we always strive to eliminate excesses and to use the best possible materials for each application. Less is more has never been truer!
Partnering with research institutes and industry leaders, we use design thinking to push development forward and to visualise complex and abstract future applications, always with people in focus. We have developed our own workshop methods and practices to create clear and communicative development processes that present real, tangible results for all stakeholders.
One method we use to make future scenarios tangible through speculative design is design fiction. One example of that is a fictive IKEA catalogue that visualises products and business models that could lay in the near future for the company. Another is when we together with renowned research institute Mobile Life and multi-national networking and telecom giant Ericsson headed the project to visualise a possible near future as part of the strategy for Stockholm City to become the smartest city in the world. Creating a relatable future vision can be a very valuable tool for creating internal debate, sparking new innovation or simply communicating intent for any organisation, commercial or governmental.
We frequently support researchers in research projects in both Europe and Asia. In Sweden we collaborate with Rise, Swedens biggest cluster of researchers in the field of data and technology, and the Royal University of Technology, Department of interaction design, in Stockholm, to conceptualise ideas and build prototypes to test with users.
Together with researchers and research institutes, we explore how digitalisation, IoT and AI can shape the world we live in. The projects cover topics such as creating devices for bodily awareness and wellness, wordless communication through mobile devices, personal safety through IoT and visualising advanced communication models. Our focus is always the user and how to cater to real needs. The future is human.
IDENTITY & DIGITAL DESIGN
A brand is more than a logo. Our team can add value from the earliest stages of formulating the soul of a new brand to managing corporate visual identities. We present tailored designs and strategies by seeing the bigger picture but we also love digging into the details!
We take on digital applications such as websites, apps and corporate presentations, as well as printed materials. Consistency and dynamics between different media and platforms has become crucial and we can create and visualise the right content to convey the story online, offline and in print. We leverage our expertise in User Experience Design by working seamlessly with developers to achieve the best possible brand experience.
A great example is our long-term collaboration with logistics company Kerry Logistics. Our work with them sees consistent output over a variety of projects and media such as corporate brochures, annual reports and sales presentations.
Another example where user centred design meets branding is our collaboration with underwear manufacturing giant Hop Lun. We supported them in creating an icon-based signage system to create consistency in the communication throughout their facilities in China, Bangladesh and Indonesia. We also create designs for events and exhibitions such as the North Entrance “Scandinavian Design Village”, concept we did for the Shenzhen International Furniture Exhibition in 2017.
Our multicultural team has a global mindset with an urge to understand what drives us and where.
We employ a resourceful team of creatives with roots in Sweden, Poland, Italy, Hong Kong, China and Australia. We speak nine different languages. At least. Together we share years and years of experience from the design field in a wide variety of disciplines.
Founder & CEO
Founder & Design Director STHLM
Anders P Hellberg
Design Director HK
Senior Industrial Designer
Senior Graphic Designer
Sofie Aschan Eriksson
Production Specialist Advisor
UX Specialist Advisor
Are you a Boris?
Smart products, smart applications and smart cities are nothing without the people. That is why we are strong believers in the need to keep the human perspective in order to create a sustainable future. Smart is Sustainable. Smart is about creating a world that we want and can continue living in.
- Design Research
- Identity & Digital Design
- Product & Packaging Design
Come say hi if you happen to be in Stockholm or Hong Kong!
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Come say hi if you happen to be in Stockholm or Hong Kong!