November 1, 2018

Brooklyn-Based Yuko Nishikawa Dreams Up a Ceramic Chandelier Called You See A Sheep

Before establishing her eponymous art-and-object studio this year in Brooklyn, New York, Yuko Nishikawa dabbled in interiors for such Interior Design Hall of Fame members as Clodagh and Alexandra Champalimaud. Now the Japan-born 42-year-old is blurring disciplines with pieces like You See A Sheep, a chandelier she fittingly describes as a “dreamy, immersive environment,” just like its inspiration, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s 1943 novella The Little Prince, one of her favorite books.

The designer stands amid her handmade-to-order ceramic chandelier. Photography by Cary Whittier

The composition consists of 24 shells of ceramic mixed with paper fiber to reinforce and lighten the surfaces. The wet clay is hand-coiled into organic shapes. Then randomly dispersed apertures are carved, colored clay is applied, and it’s off to the kiln. Once electrified and suspended on 15-foot-high steel wires,  the luminous elements signify “dwellings,” Nishikawa explains. Hmm, could architecture be next?

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