How did you get to where you are today?
Josh fell into furniture making at college and then got a job making Japanese style furniture and fitted pieces. Although he enjoyed the craftsmanship element he wanted to be able to design and work more on his own style of furniture.
In the mean time I had done a BTEC in 3D design and then a degree in communication design. After this I got a job working as a graphic designer for a natural health-care company. I got into graphic design because I wanted to create things but I found myself in an office sitting in front of a computer with a very small amount of creative freedom. One day I was thinking about how I could work my way up in advertising to a more creative graphic design job but realised I really didn't have any desire in trying to sell products I had no interest in myself. I started thinking more about my future and decided what I needed, more than a well paid job, is to have a job that is enjoyable.
Josh and I have been good friends for a while, one day we were talking and realised we were both on the same brainwave, both wanting more from our jobs. So we decided to team up and set up our own company.
I think that by having enthusiasm, creative thinking and a belief that setting up our own business was something we could achieve, we have managed to get to where we are today.
What are you currently working on? We've just delivered a metal frame shelving unit with wood and glass shelves. On the workbench at the moment we have a walnut hifi unit and next week we are beginning work on a fancy cedar bee hive.
Can you describe a typical working day for you?
What is the most exciting thing that has happened since you founded Forge Creative?
One of the most exciting things to happen since we started Forge Creative was the chance to be involved with BBC's Money For Nothing. This ongoing series gives us the challenge of transforming unwanted items from the tip into valued furnishings. It's been great opportunity to market Forge and show our creative skills.
Who, where and what inspires you?
I think we draw inspiration from all sorts of places and sometimes you don't know where an idea has come from. A starting point for a design could come from something as simple as a material or process we want to use. In terms of other design, we are quite inspired by clean, modern, Scandinavian style. There's also two makers that really inspire us: Pat Kim design and a company called Kneip they are both verging on art more than products but use shape, form and textures to create really interesting pieces.
What do you use everyday that you wish you had designed?
We really admire this little bronze block plane by Lie Nielson. It's a tool we regularly use and one of our favourites. What makes it so special is that it is so well designed, carefully crafted, and fits in the palm of your hand perfectly - it's such a pleasure to use! We aspire for our creations to be of an equally high standard that they give our customers the same sense of satisfaction.
What can we expect in the future?
The future of Forge Creative is exciting and also fairly unplanned as we never quite know what we'll be asked to do next. What we do know is that we will continue to design and create things we love and that hopefully others will too.
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