Design Guild Mark 2018 – Call for Entries

Last year Design Insider was invited to see how the judging process at Design Guild Mark works, we witnessed first hand the throughout job the judges do to make sure that the product is worthy of a Design Guild Mark.

We urge all product designers to put forward their designs  and enter for the 2018 Design Guild Mark.

You can check out our highlights video of the day below.

The Design Guild Mark is recognised as a major mark of excellence in British design and in 2018 it will celebrate its tenth year.

The prestigious Design Guild Mark promotes excellence and raises the profile of British design and innovation. The award recognises the highest standards in the design of furniture in volume production by the finest designers working in Britain, or British designers working abroad.

Led by Rodney McMahon, Design Guild Mark chairman, our 2018 judging panel will be:

  • Simon Alderson, twentytwentyone
  • Joanna Biggs, GA Design
  • Barbara Chandler, Evening Standard
  • Diana Monkhouse, Space Invader Design
  • Jeremy Myerson, Royal College of Art
  • Thomas Pearce, Sebastian Conran Associates
  • Philippa Prinsloo, John Lewis
  • Pernille Stafford, Resonate Interior Architecture
  • Jason Wilary-Attew, The Conran Shop
  • Terence Woodgate, Terence Woodgate Design

Barbara Chandler, Design Writer for the Evening Standard, said: “The Design Guild Mark judging is a great opportunity for us judges to see a large selection of the best of British furniture. It’s truly “interactive” in a thorough, traditional way. The Design Guild Mark has a growing following amongst consumers and in the design industry, and I am very proud to be part of it.”

David Irwin, Design Guild Mark 2017 awardee, said: “The Design Guild Mark award is one of the greatest measures of quality and excellence within the British furniture industry, providing validation of a product’s design integrity and commercial viability. I am delighted to receive this prestigious award from The Furniture Makers’ Company, for both the Narin and Tor chair, it’s a great honour.”

The closing date for applications is 19 January 2018.

To submit your product please visit The Furniture Makers’ Company’s website or click on the following link: and complete the Call for Entries form.


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