Design Guild Mark presents the trends of 2018 at 100% Design
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
Magnetic Copper Cube
Edge Executive Desk
Race Antelope Chair
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