Back to the roots – clay furniture by Yakusha Design

Clay – is one of the oldest building material in human history, however you will not find many ceramic furniture objects or other decor pieces nowadays. As an artisan tool and design element clay is very plastic, timid and not easy to deal with for an artist. Still even small clay details of furniture can deliver a very warm and positive vibes for your home.

Artisan furniture collection FAINA was created in 2014 by Ukrainian architect and designer Victoriya Yakusha. Central element of her minimalist ethnic collection is clay. “Pottery traditions in Ukraine are very old, they starts from Trypilian culture in ancient times, – says Victoriya. – I decided go back to our roots and create contemporary furniture using materials and techniques of our ancestors”. While working on collection she collaborated with 8 Ukrainian artisans in order to develop ceramic pieces, make them durable, textured and still looking interesting in the aesthetic sense. The seemingly fragile nature of clay actually turned out to be very reliable and stable.

Today her essential collection FAINA contains of 18 design objects: round table, sideboard, cabinet, ceramic floor and pendant lamps, washbasin and set of vases. Each piece is handmade and absolutely unique, there is no mass production. You can model different sizes and change colour – from natural beige to black chocolate.

FAINA – video story and inspiration from Faina on Vimeo.

Victoriya Yakusha is a Ukrainian architect and interior designer, the author of many residential and public interiors, owner and general manager of Yakusha Design Studio, author of artisan ethno furniture collection FAINA. Using bold and unconventional techniques she creates eco-minimalist interiors and design furniture. Victoriya has shaped her style under the influence of European understanding of architecture and design while studying in France and adopting experience from such interior design trend setters as Marcel Wanders, Zaha Hadid and Kelly Hoppen.