Emily Litten


Emily Litten
Adjunct Instructor, Industrial Design

BDes Industrial Design, University of Illinois Chicago

Emily Litten is a designer inspired by nature. The way that ecosystems thrive on diversity, as well as the individual qualities of plants and animals which inhabit the earth, are important influences on her work. A deep connection to nature and a strong sense of empathy are at the forefront of her design practice. Emily’s design work explores many subjects, mediums, and methods; whatever best serves the project at hand. She aims to share these insights in the classroom by encouraging her drawing students to find their own style and voice to best communicate and develop their own unique ideas. 

Emily has studied furniture design in Copenhagen, Denmark, and pieces from a project titled “Stone Houses,” a collection of handmade ceramic bird houses, are part of the permanent collection of Boisbuchet in Lessac, France. 

Working for Marco Susani and Defne Koz, Emily has contributed to projects that have received awards such as Compasso d’Oro, IDA Silver Award, Core77 Design Award, Archiproducts Design Awards, Neocon #MetropolisLikes, and more.