Carmen D'Apollonio (*1973, Zurich, Switzerland) lives and works in Los Angeles. D’Apollonio previously worked as an art director for short films and commercials in the mid-nineties. In 1996, she began working with the artist Urs Fischer, and assisting him for over a decade. In 2006, she founded the fashion brand Ikou Tschuss (ikou means “let’s go” in Japanese and tschüss is “byebye” in Swiss German), which combined modern textiles with traditional artistry. D’Apollonio established her own studio in Los Angeles in 2014. D’Apollonio’s process begins with sketching, which she then translates into clay—evolving the three-dimensional form as she goes. Her titles range from the comic to the plaintive and offer narrative fragments entirely in tune with their suggestive, open-ended compositions.

1995 art director for short film and commercials
1996–2006 assistance and collaboration for Urs Fischer, New York
2006 foundation of Ikou Tschuss
2006–2014 design and creation for Ikou Tschuss, Zurich, Switzerland
2015–2016 qualification as a ceramicist


2023 coming up September: Tobias Mueller Modern Art, Zurich, Switzerland (S)
2022 I´m Not A Shrimp, Friedman Benda, Los Angeles, US (S)
2021 One Lazy Afternoon, Linn Lühn, Düsseldorf, Germany (S)
Don´t Wake The Snake, Friedman Benda, New York (S)
2020 Felix LA, Los Angeles
2019 Independent New York
Jeff Lincoln, New York (G)
Jeff Lincoln, New York (G)
Summer, Friedman Benda, New York (G)
2018 Time to Say Hello, Matt Blacke Inc./ Cliff Fong, Los Angeles, USA (S)
And Other Stories, invited by Camille Bidaut-Waddington, Paris, France (G)
3 days with Carmen D´Apollonio, Linn Lühn, Düsseldorf, Germany (S)
2017 Schöner Wohnen Galerie Jürgen Becker, Hamburg, Germany (G)
The More I See, Linn Lühn, Düsseldorf, Germany (S)
2016 Collaboration with Céline, Paris, Fall/Winter 2016

Press (excerpt)

Licht-Skulpturen, NZZ Magazine, December 2022
Don´t Wake the Snake, Whitewall Magazine, October 2021
Discover the Evocative Lighting of Carmen D´Apollonio, Galerie Magazine, July 2021
Carmen D´Apollonio Makes Lamps That Feel Like Friends, Cultured Magazine, July 2021
Architectural Digest US, May 2021
Apartamento Magazine, May/ June 2021
Mooi uitgelicht, JAN Living (The Netherlands), January 2021
Les portraits, AD France, No. 157, No./ Dec. 2019
Carmen D’Apollonio, Dream Magazine (ES), April 2019
Carmen D’Apollonio, Harper’s Bazaar Spain, March 2019
September 2018 - New York Times Magazine, The Design Issue
Modevärldens nya älsklingar, STYLE BY, fall 2018
ELLE Decoration NL, June/ July 2018
Still Life, RUSSH June/ July 2018
Vogue Living NL, May 2018
Carmen D´Apollonio, L´Officiel (Mexico), Feb/March 2018
Jetzt geht´s rund, Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Switzerland), Dec 3, 2017
Carmen D´Apollonio´s Ceramic Creations Are Céline Approved, VOGUE online (US), Oct. 15, 2017
D´Apollonio, l´artista che trasforma la ceramica in lampade di design, ELLE Decor Italia, Oct. 2, 2017
Carmen D´Apollonio, Unconditional Magazine (US), Autumn/Winter 2017
Lampes sculpturales , MilK Decoration (France), Sept. 27, 2017
Lampes sculpturales en céramique, Le Journal Du Design (France), Sept. 26, 2017
Sculptural Ceramic Lamps, Ignant/ Design (Germany), Sept. 22, 2017
Carmen D´Apollonio, Miss Moss (Australia), Sept. 8, 2017
We Love NYC, annabelle (Switzerland), August 30, 2011
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