New York based Yuko Nishikawa focuses on creating fantastical objects, visuals and environments to tickle the forgotten emotions and memories, questioning how we see, feel and think in our everyday lives. Working freely with functional objects, drawings, sculptures, and writing she aims to expand creative conversations beyond mediums. She has exhibited in New York, New Jersey and Milan while developing artisans collections with Calvin Klein Home, The James New York and Anthropologie. She is an honoree of Interior Design Magazine 2017 Best of Year Awards in the accessory category.
Originally from Japan, she received her B.F.A. in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. For a decade she designed lighting and furniture for the luxury home furnishing brand Donghia Inc. where her chandelier and table designs won Interior Design Magazine's Best of Year Award in 2013 and 2014. Previously, she worked as an interior designer for leading design studios such as Clodagh, Jeffrey Bilhuber and Alexandra Champalimaud.
She lives and works in Brooklyn, hosting monthly makers talks in her studio named Forest.
I have conflicting emotions about making art. First, making is a lot of fun, and having fun is important to me. Second, I have an urge to make something, and I feel it is my mission to make something worthwhile. I see myself as one specimen of one given moment of one living thing. Creating is a way for me to make connections among random events and ideas in life. Instead of analyzing and explaining in literal language I want to explore thoughts and emotions through building tangible objects using my hands. Things like frustrations toward time, the memory of a seaside town, a desire to be somewhere else, a strange feeling when facing a medicine cabinet alone in someone else's bathroom.