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Nicholas Tilma is a designer and artist based in Detroit, Michigan. Through experimental and traditional fabrication techniques and by mixing material languages he creates otherworldly furniture, lighting, and objects that combine references to artificial nature and science fiction to address the following questions: How will humans of the future memorialize the natural world when our references are themselves the fake versions of the real thing? How can we acknowledge our collective fear of a dystopian future, while romanticizing its aesthetic?

He recieved an MFA in 3D Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2023 and holds a BFA in Art & Design from the Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan. He worked as a product designer at furniture company, Floyd, for six years while operating his personal studio practice simultaneously. He has exhibited work in New York City, Brooklyn, Detroit, and Ann Arbor. 

For commissions, press, or any other inquiries please email: nttilma@gmail.com


2023 - MFA 3D Design, Cranbrook Academy of Art

2015 - BFA Stamps School of Art & Design, Universtiy of Michigan


2024 - Present - Adjunct Instructor, University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture and Community Development, Detroit, MI

2015- Present - Principal, Nicholas Tilma Studio, Detroit, MI

2015 - 2021 - Product Designer, Floyd Inc, Detroit, MI


2023 - Graduate Degree Exhibition, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI

2022 - Cranbrook Chair Show, First National Building, Detroit, MI

2022 - Hot Stuff, Rabbit Rabbit, New York, NY

2021 - Cranbrook Chair Show, Jack Craig Studio, Detroit, MI

2020 - Super Group, Superhouse, Brooklyn, NY

2020 - Never Normal, Wasserman Projects, Detroit, MI

2019 - ❗❓(In Good Company), Fernando Mastrangelo Studio, Brooklyn, NY (Curated by Rossana Orlandi and Fernando Mastrangelo)

2019 - Works in Progress, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI

2018 - SHAPE: Defining Furniture in Michigan’s Design Legacy, Shinola Flagship Store, Detroit, MI (Curated by I.M. Weiss)

2018 - Return of the Living Dudd, Jonald Dudd, Brooklyn, NY (Collaboration with Evan Bruetsch)

2017 - Designer Putt Putt, Detroit Design Festival, Detroit, MI (Collaboration with Stephen Busscher)


In Good Company featured on Sight Unseen

"Detroit Furniture Design Legacy" in Surface Magazine

Popeye Magazine (Japan) Makers' Way of Living Feature, February 2018 Issue & Interior Issue, This is How City Boys Live, 2019 (feature reprint)

Hypotenuse Light featured on Sight Unseen

Artist Profile: Nick Tilma, Michigan Daily

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