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Designer-maker Silkie Lloyd on creating a collaborative space
Silkie Lloyd from The Forge discusses the importance of creative spaces
After working from home on and off for at least a decade, I realised I was missing the company of other creatives – being isolated was holding me back. Around this time I discovered the uprise of co-working, and was inspired by spaces such as Makeshift Society in San Francisco and The Unique Space in LA. These weren’t just for work, but enabled the creative community to connect. My partner and I set out to find a building in Bristol we could turn into such a space, and were beyond lucky to find The Forge, a historic industrial building in Bristol’s arts
we wanted to create a space that was beautiful, welcoming and inspiring
quarter. It needed a complete renovation, as we knew from the start that the design and aesthetic of the space would be a strong part of the story. We’ve used a mix of materials and furniture, with some vintage, some reproduction and some personal pieces dotted around. We wanted to create a space that was beautiful, welcoming and inspiring. People come to talk, imagine, invent and explore – it’s a space to share stories and creative experiences.