Nina Cho is an artist and designer based in Detroit. She was born in San Francisco and raised in Seoul, South Korea, where she attended Hong-Ik University studying Woodworking and Furniture design. She then moved to Michigan to attend Cranbrook Academy of Art, earning an MFA in 3D Design. She was recognized as an Honoree of Sight Unseen’s 2015 American Design Hot List, presented in partnership with Herman Miller and featured as one of Five Breakout Designers of 2015 in Artsy. She was nominated for the Pure Talents Contest at Imm Cologne in 2016. She held a residency in 2016 in Tuscany, Italy, sponsored by the London gallery MOS. In 2018, the Toledo Museum of Art invited her to participate in the Guest Artist Pavilion Project. In 2019, She was recognized as one of 13 Extraordinary Women in Design and Architecture by Dwell. In 2020, she received the 6th Annual American Design Honors by Wanted Design presented with Bernhardt Design.
"I am inspired by the traditional Korean aesthetic of emptiness. In painting, the unpainted portion of a canvas is as important as the painted part. It is about respecting absence as much as the object. Through practicing the beauty of the void, I respect not only the object itself but also the negative space that an object creates. Rather than a deficiency, the voids welcome air, surroundings, and the spirit of a space; leaving empty spaces in my pieces invite users to creatively complete the work. To balance the positive and negative space, it is essential to explore form. Carefully choosing every aspect of my work is essential. Form, material and color are cohesively connected." - Nina Cho