Born in S:t Petersburg in 1953, Boris Berlin graduated from Higher School of Art and Industry, in the same city in 1975. He began his career as an industrial and graphic designer at VNIITE, a Russian design research institute as well as working freelance.
In 1983 Berlin moved to Denmark where he founded Boris Berlin Design Studio, and from 1985 to -87 he worked for Penta Design where he made a computerized workstation for the Danish Post and Telegraph. In 1987 Berlin founded the design studio Komplot together with Danish architect Poul Christiansen, working with furniture design for clients such as Norwegian ForaForm, Swedish Klaessons and Danish Gubi.
The Kompot studio has received several design awards and are represented at museums all over the world. One of their most prolific object is the chair Non, designed for Källemo in year 2000. Non was made of hard rubber-like polyeurethan foam on a steel frame, that made it flexible and allowed it to be used outdoors as well as indoors.
Another cornerstone for the Komplot Studio is the Gubi Chair, with a seat shell made in the 3D- laminated veneer technique. It was designed for the Danish company Gubi in 2003. Berlin was the designer for the exhibition The Danish Chair at Designmuseum Denmark in 2016 where each chair was given their own individual display case, framing them like works of arts.
Together with Ukrainian designer Aleksej Iskos, Berlin founded the Iskos-Berlin studio in 2010. Iskos and Berlin have created furniture for producers such as German Ermičs and the Danish companies Menu and Hay.