Brilliant People


At this years BCFA’s Annual Luncheon held at the prestigious Dorchester Hotel, London, Jan Wilson was awarded the 2016 Panaz/ BCFA Lifetime Achievement Award for her services to  interior design. We asked Jan to tell us a little bit about herself, her work and the joys of working within in this industry… So Jan, could… Read More >

3 November 2016

Female Furniture Designers?

I recently realised that perhaps part of my experience as a furniture designer has not been the industry standard. I worked for many years for Katerina McMahon, the inspiring Design Director at Morgan, within a design team of at least 50% female designers. In May the Furniture Makers Company presented their 2016 Design Guild Mark… Read More >

27 October 2016


Our BCFA Open event will showcase new designs and creative interiors from BCFA member companies; we have been speaking with our exhibitor’s talented designers to learn more about their history, new designs and design ethos. In this post you can find a taster from our first four Q&A sessions, click on the links to read… Read More >

7 September 2016

Don’t Get a Job… Make a Job

‘Have big ideas and don’t be afraid of them. In fact, nurture your weirdest ideas, feed them, water them and let them grow into wild and wondrous things that no one else could dream of.’ Powerful words of encouragement from Gem Barton, author of ‘Don’t Get a Job… Make a Job’ which aims to inspire… Read More >

31 August 2016

How did you get into design?

Last week we met three designers, each at very different stages of their careers, Amy Pears, Designer at Johnson Tiles, Fiona Davidson, freelance designer and senior lecturer and Jonathan Hindle, KI’s Group Managing Director, who founded the Design Guild Mark in 2008. In our 4th post we meet designer Helen Strevens who shows us how… Read More >

22 August 2016

Design Guild Mark: What the winners say!

Founded in 2008 by The Furniture Makers’ Company the prestigious Design Guild Mark is awarded to drive excellence and raise the profile of British design and innovation.  The Award recognises the highest standards in the design of furniture for volume production, by the finest designers working in Britain, or British designers working abroad. The Furniture… Read More >

17 August 2016

How did you get into design?

In lasts weeks post, the second in our series, we learnt about the key people who influenced the careers of BroomeJenkins Senior Designer Julian Evens and Morgan Design Manager Erin Johnson. Eleanor Cardwell, PR & Marketing Manager at Newmor Wallcoverings, showed us how an education in fine art can provide a base for a creative… Read More >

16 August 2016

How did you get into design?

Last week we asked three established designers how they had made their way into their current design positions. We discovered how their young family life shaped both Pernille Stafford and Alex Hellum’s journeys into design. We also leant how finding the right scale moved Katerina McMahon away from architecture into the furniture workshop. Read more… Read More >

9 August 2016

How did you get into design?

In early July we were blown away by the Design Excellence presented by the UK’s 2016 graduates at New Designers. Meeting so many graduates on the cusp of their design careers made us want to learn more about the journeys which our BCFA members took into their design positions. We asked 15 designers: how did… Read More >

3 August 2016