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FMC announces Design Guild Mark winners

Innovation of materials, creativity and sustainability are at the forefront of British design as

City of London livery company and charity for the furnishing industry, The Furniture Makers’

Company ( awards the coveted Design Guild Mark to 16

outstanding submissions, from three categories, with three receiving the additional accolade

of the Jonathan Hindle Prize.

The product selection for 2024 includes:
• OE1 Sit-Stand Table, designed by Industrial Facility for Herman Miller.
• Aran lounge chair, designed by Morgan Studio for Morgan.
• Kitt chair, designed by Mark Gabbertas for Gabbertas Studio.
• Maluma sectional seating system, designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Modus Furniture.
• Element sofa system, designed by Philippe Malouin for SCP.
• Laines central channel with electrification, designed by Craig Jones for Jones & Partners.
• Woodland Seat, designed by Gaze Burvill Team for Gaze Burvill.
• Pirouette Coat Stand, designed by Huw Evans and Campbell Thompson for The Conran Shop.
• Bellingdon Table and Bellingdon sideboard, designed by Lisa Gould Sandall for ercol.

Interior Elements for 2024 includes:
• MODERN FLOCK wallpaper collection, designed by Erica Wakerly for Modern Surface Ltd.
• Revolution, designed by Jodie Padgett for Camira.  Revolution is the first fabric to be produced usingCamira’s advanced textile recycling capability.
• Bronte British Lambswool Collection, designed by Judith Coates for BRONTE BY MOON.
• Re.Wrap, developed by Ric Frampton and Sophie Cappe in response to waste from Polyethylene Terephalate acoustic solutions manufacturing, Re.Wrap offers a versatile solution with a focus on environmental responsibility.

Lighting category for 2024 includes:
• Tekiò a Japanese inspired lamp, designed by Anthony Dickens for Santa and Cole.
• Apex lamp, designed by Tree for HAY.  Inspired by the classic Banker’s Light, the Apex’s folded steel shades create a peaked roofline silhouette and offer a graphic contrast to the chrome-plated bases. For clip options, the adjustable clamp enables the lamp to be fixed to a wide variety of vertical and horizontal surfaces.
• Hotaru Mini, designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby for Ozeki & Co.  The Hotaru Mini features a handcrafted washi-paper lantern, bamboo cane structure and a hand-forged cast-iron base and provides a warm diffused light and natural ambience.

In addition, three of the awarded winners Aran, Re.Wrap, and Apex have received the Jonathan Hindle Prize for outstanding design,  each receiving a trophy made from solid surface Corian, and a £1,000 cash prize.

“As the Founder of Design Guild Mark, it has been a joy to watch it develop and progress now being widely recognized as a stamp of design excellence in the sector,” says Jonathan Hindle, Founder of the Design Guild Mark and President of KI, EMEA.  “Sustainability has always been an important factor for the awards, but I am glad to see now that is the priority, and evident in the judges selection.”

The Design Guild Mark requires applicants to present their actual piece in person to the esteemed judging panel to allow for a dialogue and any questions to take place.  The panel of independent judges are world leaders in their field and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the evaluation process. “Meeting the applicants, hearing their design journey, and witnessing the friendly but insightful and probing questions of the judges is an enjoyable design master class,” comments Rodney McMahon, Chairman, Design Guild Mark.  “Designers should apply for the Design Guild Mark just for the experience of meeting the judges.”  

Established in 2008 by The Furniture Makers’ Company, the Design Guild Mark is a non-profit award programme designed to raise the profile of British industrial design and to recognize excellence in the discipline.  Over time the Mark has grown from just Furniture to include categories for Interior Design Elements, and Lighting.

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