ABOUT

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. 

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.

AWARDS

2022 WANTEDDESIGN - BEST OF LAUNCH PAD FOR FURNITURE

2022 ISDF INNOVATION + DESIGN AWARD - BEST CONSOLE TABLE

2022 ISDF PINNACLE AWARDS -  DESIGNER/MAKER FINALIST

2022 NYCxDESIGN AWARD RESIDENTIAL SIDE TABLE - HONOREE

2022 NYCxDESIGN AWARD STORAGE - HONOREE

2021 NYCXDESIGN AWARD TABLETOP - HONOREE

2021 HIGH POINT MARKET INNOVATION + DESIGN AWARD - FINALIST

2020 NYCXDESIGN AWARD - BEST IN SHOW

2020 DEZEEN AWARDS - LONGLIST 

2020 HIGH POINT MARKET INNOVATION + DESIGN AWARD - FINALIST

2019 ICFF STUDIO AWARD - SHORTLIST

2018 LEXUS DESIGN AWARD - FINALIST

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

EXHIBITIONS

2022 ICFF/WANTED DESIGN LAUNCHPAD - NYC

2022 LAKE COMO DESIGN FESTIVAL (LCDF) - COMO, ITALY

2022 ISDF INNOVATION + DESIGN EXHIBITION - HIGH POINT, NC

2022 EE FORD HOUSE - CRAFT IN THE DIGITAL AGE - DETROIT WEEK OF DESIGN

2022 BRIGHTON ART GUILD OUR TOWN EXHIBITION - BRIGHTON, MI

2021 ISDF INNOVATION + DESIGN EXHIBITION - HIGH POINT, NC

2020 WANTED DESIGN MANHATTAN LAUNCHPAD - COVID19 CANCELLATION

2020 ISDF INNOVATION + DESIGN EXHIBITION - COVID19 CANCELLATION 

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 WITH THE FURNITURE SOCIETY - NYC

2013 ICFF WITH DIS - NYC

2011 GRAND RAPIDS SITE LAB

2010 BRIGHTON ART GUILD