The Design Guild Mark, now in its seventh year since launching in 2008, rewards excellence in the design of furniture in volume production. By the award of this Guild Mark for designs which meet The Furniture Makers' Company criteria, the designers receive due recognition and the industry is made more aware of the importance of investment in design.
The Design Guild Mark rewards the work of the finest furniture designers working in volume production and the best of British furniture designers working abroad. Chaired by Graham Jones, among the judges were Malaika Byng from Wallpaper* and Jason Wilary-Attew from John Lewis.
Graham Jones, Chairman of the Design Guild Mark commented:
"This year has been particularly exciting. We have seen a record number of entries that suggests the Design Guild Mark is really gaining awareness and value. We also had a number of new judges who were open and energetic about what they saw and heard. Most significantly, we had many first time applicants and, particularly, young applicants, who really expressed a passion for their craft and for why they wanted to apply for a DGM.