Design Guild Mark 2014 announces Award recipients The Furniture Makers’ Company is pleased to announce the Design Guild Mark 2014 award recipients.
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.
Design Guild Mark 2014 award recipients are as follows:
Simon Pengelly – ‘Concave Bookcase’ for Joined+Joined Simon Pengelly – ‘Norse Chair’ for Modus Furniture Steuart Padwick – ‘Fonteyn Dressing Table’ for MADE Sarah Kay – ‘Pembroke Range’ manufactured by Sitting Firm Sam Hecht & Kim Colin – ‘Wireframe Sofa Group’ for Herman Miller Katie Walker – ‘Windsor Rocker’ manufactured by Sitting Firm Mark Gabbertas – ‘Sandur Chair’ Gabbertas Studio for Oasiq Je-uk Kim – ‘Lovebird Sofa’ for MADE Katerina Zacherides – ‘Brompton Collection’ for Morgan Morgan Studio – ‘Pimlico Collection’ for Morgan Oliver Hrubiak – ‘Finn Lounge Chair’ for John Lewis Broome Jenkins – ‘Deploy Table Range’ for Boss Design Group Dylan Freeth – ‘Romana Large Sideboard’ for Ercol Jones & Partners – ‘Focused Work Table’ for Thinking Works Ben Fowler – ‘Hat Tree’ for Marque Furniture Ltd PearsonLloyd – ‘SixE Chair’ for HOWE PearsonLloyd – ‘Riya Chair’ for Bene David Lord and Ben Frost – ‘Olly Stool’ for Junction Fifteen Leonhard Pfeifer – ‘Slope Desk’ for Müller Möbelwerkstätten Marie Dessuant – ‘Desk Three’ for Another Country Alex Hellum – ‘Jot Desk’ for Joined+Joined Namon Gaston – ‘Oxbow Chair’ for Benchmark David Adjaye – ‘Washington Collection’ for Knoll International Michael Sodeau – ‘Library Seating’ for Modus Furniture Frederick Scott (deceased) – ‘Supporto Chair’ from Zoeftig Rod Wales – ‘Span Dining Table’ for Joined+Joined Rod Wales – ‘Radar Tables’ for John Lewis
The Design Guild Mark is judged by a panel of judges who are leading professionals from the furniture, hospitality, commercial, retail and media industry.
Barbara Chandler, writer for Homes & Property, London Evening Standard, and Homes & Gardens magazine: "In an age of the 'virtual' the Design Guild Mark is very 'real'. We have all the pieces of furniture to view for designers and/or manufacturers there to present for ‘real’, and we the judges are definitely real, though with 55 submissions to get through this time, the atmosphere was perhaps a little surreal towards the end. Thus as a judging exercise within the design industry, the Design Guild Mark is unique. We cross-question the designers/manufacturers. We crawl all over the furniture, plonking down on chairs and sofas, pulling out drawers, stroking finishes, and looking underneath everything.”
Jason Wilary-Attew, Head of Buying Furniture for John Lewis:
“It was a great day - I really enjoyed it! The mix of judges this year continued to create a strong healthy tension of opinion, which to me only adds to the credibility of the decision-making process and credibility of the Design Guild Mark. The breadth of product categories was exciting to see, and means we have a strong coverage of furniture types.”
Simon Alderson, twentytwentyone:
“The submissions for the Design Guild Mark were rich and diverse. It was both stimulating and challenging to decipher key attributes that combine to acknowledge furniture with this prestigious award. The specific skills and experience of the team of judges marry well to determine the qualification of submissions. The high quantity and overall quality of this year’s shortlist reflects well on the health of the British design industry.”
Jeremy Myerson, Royal College of Art:
“If you want to put your finger on the pulse of British furniture design, then the Design Guild Mark Judging is the place to do it. The 2014 session was full of ideas, energy, talent and skill - and we gave the Mark to some great work.”
Lee Cheong, University of Portsmouth:
“The amazing number of diverse and quality entrants this year truly shows the recognition that the Design Guild Mark has now achieved. This Design Guild Mark award shows the value of design in the manufacture of furniture in volume production. The furniture industry now recognises the benefits of investment in good design.”