Victoria Yakusha

Ukrainian designer-architect, head of the studio "Yakusha Design”

Victoria Yakusha is a Ukrainian born architect, designer, founder of YAKUSHA studio and collection of live design FAINA, mother of four children.

Deeply inspired by Ukrainian culture and traditions, Victoria is associated with contemporary Ukrainian design, and known for creating her own unique style - 'live minimalism'.

Victoria earned an architectural degree at Prydniprovska State Academy and Institute of National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA), France. In 2006, she established multidisciplinary studio YAKUSHA, today working within the field of architecture, interior design, product design, and creative direction.

Victoria’s architecture and interiors stand out by a laconic, but sensual approach. They are full of textures engaging all the senses and encouraging to feel the soul of the objects.

Victoria Yakusha is a Ukrainian born architect, designer, founder of YAKUSHA studio and collection of live design FAINA, mother of four children.

Deeply inspired by Ukrainian culture and traditions, Victoria is associated with contemporary Ukrainian design, and known for creating her own unique style - 'live minimalism'.

Victoria earned an architectural degree at Prydniprovska State Academy and Institute of National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA), France. In 2006, she established multidisciplinary studio YAKUSHA, today working within the field of architecture, interior design, product design, and creative direction.

Victoria’s architecture and interiors stand out by a laconic, but sensual approach. They are full of textures engaging all the senses and encouraging to feel the soul of the objects.

“I think our faith and philosophy worked. For five years, we have been doing what we believe in and constantly broadcasting certain values.”

Story

Born in beautiful Ukrainian land, I always have a special connection to the earth, it’s a place of my strength. In an interior or an object I’m searching for a living energy. Clay, wood, willow, wool are the main elements Victoria works with, that help her to express her nature of "live design" – design with a powerful energy of materials and telling its owner a unique story behind.

In 2014, as a reflection on the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine, Victoria established FAINA - the collection of live furniture, lighting, and decor to show the world unique Ukrainian cultural heritage. Millennia-old crafts, traditions and symbols of the land get a new voice, reinterpreted in modern design.

In 2018 Victoria launched “Land inspires”- the first design expedition in the history of Ukraine that draws attention to the endangered craft techniques and heritage of her motherland.
FAINA objects by Victoria Yakusha were presented at Collectible Fair, Milan Design Week, Venice Biennale, Dutch design week, Paris design week, Stockholm Furniture Fair.

Published in Dezeen, Design Milk, Designboom, Archdaily, Vogue. In 2019/2021 her works were included in annual trend reports and selected as the worlds’ top design trends. In 2019, Victoria opened a residential gallery in Brussels, So now the YAKUSHA & FAINA team is based in 2 countries - Ukraine and Belgium.

"In 2019 Victoria Yakusha was named Designer of the Year in Ukraine by Elle Decoration Awards. In 2021 her interior became the first Ukrainian project to win Dezeen Awards."

Born in beautiful Ukrainian land, I always have a special connection to the earth, it’s a place of my strength. In an interior or an object I’m searching for a living energy. Clay, wood, willow, wool are the main elements Victoria works with, that help her to express her nature of "live design" – design with a powerful energy of materials and telling its owner a unique story behind.

In 2014, as a reflection on the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine, Victoria established FAINA - the collection of live furniture, lighting, and decor to show the world unique Ukrainian cultural heritage. Millennia-old crafts, traditions and symbols of the land get a new voice, reinterpreted in modern design.

In 2018 Victoria launched “Land inspires”- the first design expedition in the history of Ukraine that draws attention to the endangered craft techniques and heritage of her motherland.
FAINA objects by Victoria Yakusha were presented at Collectible Fair, Milan Design Week, Ven...

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