kb-network    News 24 Jan 2018

The Furniture Makers’ Company launches new 2D award for fabrics, textiles, coverings and carpets

For many years, The Furniture Makers’ Company has awarded the prestigious Design Guild Mark to recognise excellence and raise the profile of British design and innovation. The Mark has traditionally recognised the highest standards in the design of furniture for volume production, by the finest designers working in Britain, or British designers working abroad. Now they have announced a new category under the award – 2D.

Rodney McMahon, chairman of the Design Guild Mark, said: “Now in its 10th year, the Design Guild Mark’s furniture category continues to attract a very high calibre of entries that are then judged by our independent and expert panel. With the Mark gaining international recognition as a designation of excellence, the time was right to expand into 2D design. The judges confirmed for the 2D category are recognised experts within the field and we will announce the rest of the panel in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we look forward to receiving the first applications for the 2D design category during this historic time for the Design Guild Mark.”

The Design Guild Mark is unique to other awards programmes as the submitted design and designer are reviewed in person by the judging panel. The following judges have already been confirmed for the 2D category:

Daniel Hopwood, creative director of Hopwood Design Studios.

Prof Clare Johnston, professor of Textiles, Royal College of Art.

Peter Thwaites, design director at Rapture & Wright.

The personal review makes this a great chance for designers to meet the above influencers. More judges will be announced in the coming weeks. The deadline for entries is Friday 2nd March 2018.

The Furniture Makers’ Company | furnituremakers.org.uk