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

2020 NYCXDESIGN AWARD BEST IN SHOW RECIPIENT 

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

2020 WANTED DESIGN MANHATTAN LAUNCHPAD - COVID19 CANCELLATION

2020 HIGH POINT MARKET INNOVATIONxDESIGN - 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 NYC FOR THE FURNITURE SOCIETY

2013 ICFF NYC FOR DIS

2011 GRAND RAPIDS SITE LAB

2010 BRIGHTON ART GUILD