The studio

Yakusha Studio

Yakusha Design is a multidisciplinary studio founded by Ukrainian-born architect Victoria Yakusha in 2006. The studio works within the fields of architecture, interiors, creative direction, and a brand of furniture and decor — FAINA in the style of live Ukrainian minimalism.

The studio’s philosophy of live design invites one to go inward by interacting with millenea-old techniques, customs and primeal materials. Laconic, yet spirited; deeply connected to nature, live minimalist spaces eliminate the excess and guide back to the essence. Ancestral relationships with nature — a focal point of live design philosophy, reflects in the studio's sustainable approach to creation and construction. We feel earth, we respect earth. Our works fuse the past with the future, heritage with a modern vision of design.

Founded after the Revolution of Dignity in 2014, FAINA collections evoke ancient symbols and revive ancient craft thus passing on cultural history forming the landscape of live Ukrainian design. In 2021, FAINA wins the Dezeen Awards public vote as Emerging Design Studio of the Year.

Istetyka interior by Yakusha is the first Ukrainian project to win Dezeen Awards in the Bars & Restaurants category, 2021.

The studio’s philosophy of live design invites one to go inward by interacting with millenea-old techniques, customs and primeal materials. Laconic, yet spirited; deeply connected to nature, live minimalist spaces eliminate the excess and guide back to the essence. Ancestral relationships with nature — a focal point of live design philosophy, reflects in the studio's sustainable approach to creation and construction. We feel earth, we respect earth. Our works fuse the past with the future, heritage with a modern vision of design.

Founded after the Revolution of Dignity in 2014, FAINA collections evoke ancient symbols and revive ancient craft thus passing on cultural history forming the landscape of live Ukrainian design. In 2021, FAINA wins the Dezeen Awards public vote as Emerging Design Studio of the Year.

Istetyka interior by Yakusha is the first Ukrainian project to win Dezeen Awards in the Bars & Restaurants category, 2021.

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.

AWARDS: Architecture & Interior Design

2007 InteriorGoda
Winner in the residential interior category

2011 InteriorGoda
A Special Prize for Restaurant Design in the competition

2012 International Architectural Awards
Winner in the residential interior category

2013 Interium Award
The Second Place in the Interior Design category

2015 NM House
Our 50 Project — ‘Heart of Ukrainian design’

2015 House&Interior Magazine
Special prize for Victoria Yakusha for engaging in APC-Caffe project

2015 InterYear
Winner in the Interior Design category

2015 International Industrial Design Award
Winner in product design category

2015 Best Home Design List in Germany
CUBE project

2017 Dutch Design Week
Prize "Between tradition and innovation"

2019 Ukrainian KIFF
Among the Best Offices

2018 Interior of the Year
Winner in the office category — Ya Vsevsit project

2019 ArtSpace Award
The Best Interior Design of Offices and cultural spaces — Ya Vsesvit project

2019 Dezeen Awards
Interior Design Shortlist for YA VSESVIT project

2021 Dezeen Awards
The best interior in the Bars & Restaurants category

AWARDS: Product design — FAINA

2015 Industart 2015 Award
Winner — PECHYVO cabinet

2017 Archiproducts Awards
Nomination — SHCHEDRYY table

2018 AZ Awards Canada
Nomination — SOLOD cabinet

2018 Interior fo the Year Award
Special Prize — ZTISTA chair

2019 ELLE Decor International Design Award
Design of the Year — ZTISTA furniture line

2019 ELLE Decor International Design Award
Design of the Year — Yakusha Victoriya

2021 Arte Laguna Prize
Finalist — SONIAH lighting

2021 Dezeen Awards public vote winner
An emerging design studio of the year (FAINA by Yakusha)

Exhibitions: Solo

2017 Stockholm Furniture Fair
The FAINA collection had an individual stand

2018 Milan Design Week
FAINA presented new products at Superdesign

2018 London Design Fair
FAINA presented the complete collection

2020 Interior Design Show Toronto
Introducing the ZTISTA Organic Furniture Line

2020 Collectible Design Fair
Presentation of the DOMNA armchair

Exhibitions: Group

2015 Bologna Design Week
First exhibition of the FAINA collection

2018 Dutch Design Week
Cabinet SOLOD, HRYB coffee table - exhibition participants

2018 Paris Design Week
Bandura vase in the "1000 vases" project by Roberto Bachiocci

2020 Stockholm Design Week
FAINA presented at both TOP locations — "Fenix ​​Palace" & "Temperament" exhibition by Sahara Widoff

2020 Milan Design Week
The KOROTUN table, BANDURA, and MOTANKA vases are presented in the Studiopepe installation "Les Arcanistes — Future Un / written"

2019 Helsinki Design Week, Habitare
Asun Magazine stand, curated design, presenting clay and wood decors as well as the TOPTUN chair

2019 Dutch Design Week
ZTISTA organic furniture and clay decor at Kazerne Creative Hub

2020 Milan Design City
An exhibition of the SONIAH floor lamp at the Rossana Orlandi gallery

2020 Paris Design Week
Collectible Curated Edition presenting the DOMNA armchair

2021 Collection design fair
Presentation of FAINA design