The Furniture Makers Company recently announced the Design Guild Marks for 2013. The Design Guild Mark, now in its sixth year, has become recognised as a major mark for excellence in British Design. The Design Guild Mark rewards excellence in the design of furniture in volume production and the best of British furniture designers working abroad.
The judging panel, which included Gensler’s Enrico Caruso, tp bennett’s Pernille Stafford and Cushman & Wakefield’s Kate Mason, had the difficult task of assessing which entries had achieved the now established standard of excellence required from the diverse range of items set out for their inspection.
Graham Jones, the present Chairman, commented: ‘This year’s judging day was its usual mix of celebration and contention. Every year we find something simple and something delightful that unites the judges in their commendation and helps to explain why the Design Guild Mark is so important.’
Designers whose entries were awarded Design Guild Marks this year included: Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby’s Sofa Collection for Knoll International and Tip Ton for Vitra; Mark Gabbertas’ Diabolo, Mir and MirA for Chorus Furniture and Metro for Lyndon Design; Terry Hunt’s UniteSE SpaceStation for KI; James Irvine’s Juno’ for Arper; Simon Pengelly’s Jonty for Chorus; Wales & Wales’ Marylebone Chairs for Benchmark and Wills Watson & Associates’ Corsair Range for WJ White