• Collaborative Innovation

Built on Cross-Functional Teams of Designers, Engineers, Researchers, Brand Experts

We are Forge.
Where you can find us.

The creative environments where our teams coalesce around tough challenges every day. We work in unique and inspiring “barns”, in quintessential New England towns. What’s not to love? Guests always welcome.

Our team: Problem Solvers

Our Researchers, Designers, Engineers, and beyond work together cohesively to make your product a success. We design with intent; user insight feeds our design and engineering choices.

Meet the founders.

Pioneers in design, innovation and product development

Edward Gilchrest

Co-founder / Chief Engineering Officer

Ed brings over 30 years of product development and manufacturing experience to Forge. He invested the last 10 years in growing Gyre9, a product development consultancy dedicated to manufacturable design. Using a unique blend of industrial design and engineering disciplines, Gyre9 has provided innovative solutions for clients across a wide range of categories. His experience includes 10 years at UTC, managing an engineering and manufacturing medical equipment firm that was sold to Invacare, as well as starting and owning a manufacturing company that was purchased by Joerns Healthcare. Ed has a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Frank J. von Holzhausen

Co-founder / Chief Design Officer

Frank has excelled during the last 44 years as Founder and President of Group Four, Inc., providing leadership in all phases of new product development. From developing market opportunities, to identifying manufacturing solutions, to assuring successful final production and placement, Frank is a recognized design industry leader. He served as President of the Association of Professional Design Firms, participated as a member of IDSA and the American Institute of Graphics Arts, and was a judge for the 2008 IDEA/Business Week International Design Competition. Frank has a Bachelor of Industrial Design degree from Syracuse University.

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