Nina Cho

Nina Cho

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Courtesy of Next:Space Detroit
Artist: Nina Cho
Title: Constructivist Mirror Series (Square)
Bronzed acrylic mirror, black acrylic, ebonized wood
17" x 17" x .75"


Nina Cho is an artist and designer, currently based in Detroit, USA. Nina was born in the United States and raised in South Korea. She earned an MFA in 3D Design at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. She has been 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 based in the USA. She was nominated for the Pure Talents Contest at Imm Cologne in 2016. She has been invited to shows nationally and internationally in 2016, including exhibitions in London, Cologne, Milan, Frankfurt, Toronto, Seoul, Detroit and New York City.

Cho’s personal background has naturally led her to a minimal and simplified aesthetic. She has focused on reductive forms that blur the line between an art object and a functional product. She pursues ideas of lightness and reduction in her work. Colors, shape, and material must be essential to the piece and complete the work.



Founded in 2014, NEXT:SPACE is the leading purveyor of bespoke and limited edition furniture, lighting and functional objects in Detroit, MI. Developed to further the legacy of important design in Detroit, NEXT:SPACE presents forward-thinking furniture from studio designers shaping the evolution of design.

NEXT:SPACE was founded by appraiser and design curator, Isabelle Weiss, really out of necessity. Despite the rich history of design in Detroit, in 2014 there were no galleries focused on functional design. And so, Isabelle was compelled to create a new platform, a “living archive” of the people, objects and stories that shape the next generation of important furniture design in Detroit and Michigan.

In her role at NEXT:SPACE, Isabelle sees herself as a “future historian” - presenting and documenting Detroit design today so it is remembered and valued in the future. This perspective was born from Isabelle’s studies in the History of Art and her subsequent career as an appraiser with a boutique international auction house. Specializing in mid-20th century art and design, her studies in design history and work with iconic mid century furniture, led to her interest in building a platform for contemporary design that pushes Michigan’s design legacy to new and exciting territory for the next generation of designers and collectors alike.