Yuko Nishikawa is a designer and ceramic artist based in Brooklyn, NY, creating sculptural lighting, installation, and fantastical objects. She also runs a monthly talk event, Salon at Forest, a gathering and conversation of creative minds.
She was raised in a peaceful beach-town an hour south of Tokyo in a family where creating with hands was part of everyday life. She moved to Philadelphia, and then to NY when she was 18, wanting to explore a new culture. Fascinated by how space affects people's behaviors and moods, she studied Interior Design at Fashion Institute of Technology and worked for some of the NYC's leading interior design studios such as Clodagh, Bilhuber and Alexandra Champalimaud. Over the next few years, she began to focus on prototyping and everyday functional objects such as chairs and table lamps. Then, for nearly a decade, she designed furniture and lighting for the luxury home furnishing company Donghia; two of these designs won Interior Design Magazine's Best of Year Awards.
Always working on personal projects, she encountered clay, a material that opened up wider expressions and experiments for her. At first, bowls and then vases, which lead her to develop artisan collections for Calvin Klein Home and Anthropologie. Then in 2017, she took a sabbatical to work on collaborations for retail and hospitality clients, including Halifax, a restaurant in W Hotel Hoboken, and The James New York, all the while exhibiting artwork and installations through galleries and retailers in Milan, New York, and New Jersey. In 2018, she established a design and art company specializing in sculptural lighting and installations.