Boris Berlin

Boris Berlin is the designer behind the KIN Carry-on. Together we have worked tiressly on developing a new generation of suitcases that are much more environmentally-friendly.


Born in Soviet Russia in 1953, Boris studied at the Higher School of Art and Industry where he graduated in 1975. He started his career designing industrial products at VNIITE, Lenningrad.

In 1983, he moved to Denmark, where he began his journey with Danish design by founding Boris Berlin Design, becoming a member of Danske Designere (1984), and co-founding KOMPLOT Design (1987). After 23 years of working at KOMPLOT, he co-founded Iskos-Berlin with his former colleague Aleksej Iskos.

Today, Boris is an awarded professional that has designed chairs, lamps, carrier trolleys, markers, and much more. Since 2013 he has been a member of the Danish Design Council, where he shares efforts to create growth and sustainable change in Danish design.

KIN by Boris Berlin

The KIN Carry-on is a game-changer in the suitcase industry. The key design feature of the product is the unique material used for the shell.

The carry-on comes in two natural colours; Beige Mélange and Black Mélange with matching vegetable-tanned leather details. The shell of the suitcase is made from a combination of biobased and biodegradable plastics and flax. To mould the material into its final shape it is heated and then compressed using a technique called thermocompression. The lining inside is made from linen that matches the fabric of the accessories made by Thomas Bentzen.

The suitcase features a double coil zipper that makes it very difficult to force open, and high-end 360-degree spinner wheels from Hinomoto that are both extremely silent and durable. Inside, the two compartments of the suitcases are separated by compression straps that are easily detachable.