In an age where everything is digitized, accelerated, and ephemeral, Forge Collective still believes in the power of ideas in the physical world. We believe the objects that surround us are embedded with stories—stories told through materials and through the processes that shape materials. With stories rich in meaning and detail, objects can connect us as a people to our most fundamental defining elements: land, culture and history.
Forge Collective explores connections overlooked by plain sight. We are driven to make objects that embody our rich perceptions of the world. The grace of a traditional Cumbia. Sights, smells and sounds of a Moroccan marketplace. Laughter and conversation in a Beijing Hutong. The warmth of a sunset in Burma. In short, objects that are reflections of our profound engagement with the world.
About the Designers
We come from a broad spectrum of cultures, namely Colombian, Polish-American, Chinese-American, Burmese-Canadian and Indian, with equally varied professional backgrounds in architecture, engineering, and business. This dynamic mix of experiences drives us to experiment boldly, question thoroughly and, most importantly, inspire each other. Intellectually, professionally and culturally, we have forged a whole far greater than the sum of our parts.
Sharing the belief that moderation is little more than bad habit, we follow one rule :Dream boundlessly, then accommodate reality.
Stevenson Aung, a student in the graduate industrial design program, was born in St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada, but spent most of his childhood in Edmonton, Alberta. Aung received his undergraduate degree in finance and international business from the University of Alberta, Canada and EDHEC Business School, France. While working for an investment firm in London, Aung was exposed to a great deal of art and design, which propelled him to study at the Pratt Institute.
Mike is an interdisciplinary designer. He is passionate about materializing ideas derived from the possibilities, and limitations, of the physical world, whether at the scale of a lighting fixture or a university campus master plan. He was born in Poland, raised in North Carolina and studied in St. Louis, MO, where he received a BS of Architecture from Washington University. He worked in the field of residential, institutional and sustainable architecture for four years in North Carolina and San Francisco. He is currently pursuing a Master of Industrial Design at the Pratt Institute.
Born in Miami, Florida, Alvaro Uribe grew up in Bogota, Colombia. He later moved to New York where he graduated from Pratt Institute with a BA in Industrial Design. Uribe expanded his study to schools in Denmark and Germany. In the past years he has assisted in developing projects with companies and designers such as Smart Design,Ecco, Studio Dror, Curve ID, Areaware, Design Incubator, Phyletische Museum Jena, Nicol, Linda Celentano. He currently is developing products with Nachtmann, Billes Products, and Nicol. Uribe was also the recipient of the Prestigious Rowena Reed Kostello Award from Pratt Institute, and has been honored in numerous other competitions.
Sushir Kadidal is a designer who is intrigued by the connections between the various scales of design – architecture, transportation, furniture, print, and the systems that govern them all. Born in Bangalore, India he received a Bachelor’s of Architecture from the School of Architecture, R.V.C.E., Bangalore, and went on to work in a number of areas of architecture ranging from commercial spaces, private residences, institutions, religious spaces, landscaping and interior architecture. Sushir is currently a thesis candidate in the graduate program at the Department of Industrial Design, Pratt Institute. Concurrently he is the Design Director at [TYTHE ]design.
Jason Hu received a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of California, Berkeley in the field of bioengineering. He has since sought to re-imagine manufactured products, technologies, and systems through the lenses of social, economic, and ecological consciousness. He currently pursues a Masters of Industrial Design at the Pratt Institute.
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