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Design Guild Mark presents the trends of 2018 at 100% Design

Design Guild Mark

The prestigious Design Guild Mark, awarded by The Furniture Makers’ Company, is a celebration of excellence, showcasing new concepts that are revolutionising the domestic and contract furnishing industry as well as saluting timeless classics.

Now in its tenth year, the Mark recognises the highest standards in the design of furnishings for volume production, by the finest designers working in Britain, or British designers working abroad.

Twelve pieces of furniture and three 2D entries were awarded a Design Guild Mark in 2018 and a selection of these pieces ­- including the two winners of the Jonathan Hindle Prize for Excellence, awarded to the most outstanding designs in the two categories.

This year’s winners were:

The Hugo Settee
Designed by Ian Archer and manufactured by SITS

Aphelion Console
Designed by Byron and Gómez for Benchmark

Designed by Mark Gabbertas for Allermuir

Designed by Benjamin Hubert of Layer for Allermuir

Thinking Quietly
Designed by Jones & Partners for Thinking Works

Magnetic Copper Cube
Designed by Paul Kelley for Paul Kelley Ltd

T1 Chair
Designed by Rodney Kinsman RDI for OMK 1965

Designed by Lyndon by Boss Design

Designed by Philippe Malouin for SCP

Designed by PearsonLloyd for Allermuir

Edge Executive Desk
Designed by PearsonLloyd for Modus Furniture

Race Antelope Chair
Designed by Ernest Race for Race Furniture


Designed by Alasdair Bremner & David Binns for Panaz

Jitterbug from the Shoreditch Range

Designed by Gary Bridge for Axminster Carpets

The Alchemy Collection

Designed by Rachel Evison for Bute Fabrics   






‘The Design Guild Mark scheme goes from strength to strength and the standard of entries and recipients continues to rise, it seems. We are very proud that our work has been recognised.’ Mark Gabbertas, 2018 Design Guild Mark holder


A stand-out trend and common amongst the entries from 2018, according to judge Barbara Chandler, editor of Homes & Property at the Evening Standard, was the ‘softening’ of office furniture. Several designers explained that there was now a demand for ‘homely’ workspaces, with softer sculptural flexible seating and ‘kind’ materials for tables/desks.


Judge Pernille Stafford of Resonate Interiors agreed that innovation in commercial workplace was evident this year.


The Design Guild Mark will be displaying these trends in a special feature at this year’s 100% Design, which will also mark the official launch of the 2019 call for entries.


For more information about the Design Guild Mark, go to www.furnituremakers.org.uk/Design-Guild-Mark









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