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Erika Cross

Erika Cross
Erika Cross

Erika Cross


Furniture

Motivated by the desire to elevate ordinary objects and familiar forms into unexpected delights, Erika investigates the relationships between object, scale, and user. Her aesthetic fuses sculptural forms with utilitarian functionality. Working at the...Read More

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Artist accepts commissions.

STATEMENT

Motivated by the desire to elevate ordinary objects and familiar forms into unexpected delights, Erika investigates the relationships between object, scale, and user. Her aesthetic fuses sculptural forms with utilitarian functionality. Working at the intersection of product and process, she has a hands-on approach to design. The workshop becomes the source and site of her creative energy; both library and laboratory. Using research, intuition, experience, and experiment, Erika purposefully challenges limitations to develop innovative methods and objects.

BIO

Born in Michigan, Erika is the founder of Erika Cross Studio. She received an MFA in Design Products from the Royal College of Art in 2014. Prior to that she studied simultaneously at two universities, earning a BFA in Art and Design from the University of Michigan in 2011, and a BS in Interior Design at Eastern Michigan University in 2012.

EXHIBITIONS/SHOWS/COMMISSIONS

2020 Wanted Design Manhattan Launchpad - COVID19 Online Edition

2020 High Point Market INNOVATION+DESIGN - COVID19

Online Edition:
2018 Ann Arbor Art Center Works in Progress Exhibition

2018 Brighton Art Guild Our Town Exhibition

2017 Archello How it's Made Exhibition, Toronto

2017 World Design Summit, Montreal

2015 Mood Expo, Brussels

2013 ICFF, furniture society

2013 ICFF, DIS

2011 Site Lab, Grand Rapids

2010 Brighton Art Guild

EDUCATION

2014 - MFA Royal College of Art, Design Products

2012 - BS Eastern Michigan University, Interior Design

2011 - BFA University of Michigan, Art and Design

AWARDS/DISTINCTIONS

2020 NYCxDesign Award Best in Show

2020 High Point Market INNOVATION+DESIGN Award Finalist

2019 ICFF Studio Award Shortlist

2019 Advantage Lumber Slab Contest 3rd Place

2018 Lexus Design Award Shortlist

2015 Designboom Dare to Dream Design Awards Finalist

2014 Core77 Design Awards, Student Furniture & Lighting

2014 Thierry Mugler/IFF Design Competition Finalist

2013 Furniture Society ICFF Award

2012 Niche Awards Finalist

2011 ASFD Student Design Competition Recipient

2010 ASFD Jason Phillips Award

2010 IFDA Ruth Clark Furniture Design Award

2010 Brighton Art Guild Norma Grey Award

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2015 - Current, Founder, Erika Cross Studio

ARTIST'S TAGS

furniture, furniture designer, artistic furniture, handmade wooden home accessories, modern designs, furniture designer, tables, modern art, bold furniture