Meet the Designer – Emily Forgot

Emily Forgot is a London based multidisciplinary designer whose practice spans across art, design and illustration. VG&P collaborated with Emily on a Limited-Edition three-piece series called Assembly, inspired by the architecture of post war schools. We spoke with Emily to discuss the designs, their inspiration and her process of making.

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Tell us about your background as a designer, how has it informed your design aesthetic?

Emily: "My background is in illustration and graphic design but now my work seems to embrace the 3D world much more than the 2D practice in which I started my career. I think I have always been obsessed with objects and our environment, so it feels like a natural progression to work spatially.

Coming from a discipline like graphic design certainly influences the idea of communication through aesthetics and my illustration side leans into the narratives I wish to put forward so there is an element of storytelling and fantasy to some of my work."

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Tell us more about how the Assembly series came to life, what were the key influences for the design?

Emily: "The brief from VG&P was very open but the idea was to collaborate on something to celebrate their 10-year anniversary. I had been making my wooden relief assemblages for a few years and we thought it would be nice to produce something similar but using the processes, techniques and material employed to create some of VG&Ps furniture and accessories. The starting point for the project was the Canteen Chair which is influenced by classic post-war British school chairs. It became the springboard for my architectural research into post-war schools that developed the basis of the design. In the end, the piece was based on an image I found in the Design Council archive from 1951 of a classroom block in Stevenage by Architect F R S Yorke. Naming the limited-edition pieces Assembly was a nice nod to the school reference and also the method of construction."

What was the process of making the pieces and the choice behind the materials used?

Emily: "The materials and processes were chosen to echo those used in the fabrication of VG&Ps collection, from bent and tubular steel to wood and powder coated metal."

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Do you have a favourite Architect?

Emily: "That is too difficult to answer! I am always discovering places and spaces I love but a firm favourite will always be the architecture of Ricardo Bofill. In particular his own office and home La Fabrica just outside Barcelona. I love the poetry and bravery of his work."

What is your favourite medium to work with?

Emily: "I enjoy working with wood and paint, as it is something I feel very comfortable working with myself in the studio but there are so many interesting materials to explore and experiment with so I like the idea of collaborating with other specialists who can make the things in my imagination come to life. Just like with the Assembly project, I love the opportunity to learn from other creators and to push work in new directions."

What is on the horizon for you as a designer, are there any interesting projects coming up?

Emily: "On the subject of collaboration, I have some exciting collaborations coming up that push my work outside the boundaries of my own processes. These include a collaboration with Floorstory on a new series of rugs and 2 large scale installations for a company called Brookfields in London. These installations are being fabricated at the moment and Im excited to bring some happiness and colour to people returning to the office this summer."

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