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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 received a BFA in Art & Design from the Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan in 2015. 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, Detroit, and Ann Arbor, MI. He is currently attending Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI to pursue his MFA in 3D Design.

For inquiries please email: nttilma@gmail.com

Popeye Magazine (Japan) Interior Issue, This is How City Boys Live, 2019 (feature reprint)

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

Hypotenuse Light featured on Sight Unseen

Artist Profile: Nick Tilma, Michigan Daily

I.M Weiss Gallery 

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