Victoria Yakusha

Victoria Yakusha

Victoria Yakusha is a Ukrainian designer, artist, and architect based in Belgium, and whose philosophy of 'live design’ centers around her connection to earth and cultural roots. Since starting her collectible design studio, FAINA, in 2014, Victoria Yakusha has created a distinctive aesthetic that brought her to the forefront of contemporary Ukrainian design. 

Her designs have been exhibited at Design Miami/Basel, the Collectible Fair in Brussels, and Milan Design Week. She has received numerous international awards, including the Elle Decor International Design Award in 2019 for the best-emerging design studio and best design of the year ("Ztista" Collection), the Arte Laguna Prize in 2021 and the Public's Choice at the Dezeen Awards in the same year.

Victoria Yakusha emphasizes the use of living materials from Ukraine. She is also developing a material called Ztista made from recycled paper, clay, linen, and various natural elements, all biodegradable and worked by hand.



2022 | Best Curio Show of the year | Design Miami / Basel | Miami, US
2021 Public Award | Category "Emerging studio design of the year" | Dezeen Award
Design of the year | Collection "Ztista" | Elle Décoration International Design Award
Designer of the year | Elle Décoration International Design Award
Finalist "Art Design" | "Soniah" lamp | Arte Laguna Prize | Italy
2018 | Special Award | "Ztista" chair | Interior of the year award
2017 | Award "Between tradition and innovation" | Dutch Design Week
2015 | Best design product | International Industrial Design Awards


Curio "The Land of Light" | Design Miami | Miami, US
Materia matters | Milan Design Week | Milan, Italy
ICFF & Wanted Design Manhattan | New York, US

Stepping on Ukrainian soil | Design Miami / Basel | Miami, US

Stockholm Design Week | FAINA at Fenix Palace | Stockholm, Sweden
Milan Design Week | Installation by Studiopepe | Milan, Italy
Interior Design Show | Toronto, Canada
Collectible Design Fair | Brussels, Belgium

Helsinki Design Week | Asun Magazine | Helsinki, Finland
Dutch Design Week | Kazerne Creative Hub | Kazerne, Netherlands

London Design Fair | London, UK
Milan Design Week | Milan, Italy
Dutch Design Week | Eindhoven, Netherlands
Paris Design Week | Paris, France

Stockholm Furniture Fair | Stockholm, Sweden

Bologna Design Week | Bologna, Italy


STYLEPARK | Review - Milan Design Week 2023: CONTINUUM
ELLE DECOR UK  | Ukrainian architects and designers share their hopes for the future
STIR PAD | Victoria Yakusha presents an eclectic ensemble of CONTINUUM in Milan

ELLE DECORATION | Viktoria Yakusha : la voix engagée du design ukrainien
ELLE DECORATION | Avec les designers ukrainiens : «Je crois que nous allons survivre et tout reconstruire »

IDEAT | Les luminaires Soniah se tournent vers le soleil pour illuminer l’hiver
ABITARE | FAINA, Ethnic Minimalism
DEZEEN | Yakusha Design balances rough and smooth surfaces
 in Kyiv eatery Istetyka
T AUSTRALIA | The Ukrainian Brand Coinciding Their Collections with the Solstice

WHITEWALL | Victoria Yakusha Designs Sustainable...
ELLE DECOR INDIA | Yakusha Design pens a love letter to minimalism...
DESIGN/MILK | The Soniah Lighting Collection Reaches for the Sky
HARPER'S BAZAAR ARABIA | Installation By FAINA Design Brings Abandoned Home In Ukraine To Life
AZURE | The Trend Report: Four Inspiring Directions for 2021
GOODMOODS | Faina, tradition contemporaine ukrainienne
DOMUS | Faina Design, the new Ukrainian design is looking for a “living minimalism”
DEZEEN | Sexy eco, monochrome and plus-size furniture: interior design trends for 2020

ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST US | 8 green ideas spotted at Stockholm Fair
VOGUE | 13 Dreamy Standsout 
L'OFFICIEL | Не от мира сего: Съемка L'Officiel
DEZEEN | Yakusha Design applies dark tones throughout its Kyiv offices
INTERIOR BREAK | Il design ancestrale di Faina Collection