The Furniture Makers’ Company is delighted to announce DGM 212 Ori Guest Bed, designed by Catherine Aitken, and DGM 233 Igneous, designed by Jemma Ooi and Nathan Philipott, as the winners of the 2019 Jonathan Hindle Prize for outstanding design.
The Jonathan Hindle Prize is awarded to the most outstanding of the year’s Design Guild Mark awarded pieces in both the Furniture and 2D categories. Both winners received a beautiful trophy, which was sponsored and made from solid surface Corian®, together with a cash prize of £1,000.
There was an exceptionally high standard of entries this year and for the first time in Design Guild Mark history the judges ‘highly commended’ two designs. These were DGM 214 William Lounge Chair and Ottoman, designed by Mark Gabbertas for Allermuir and DGM 217 Panel, designed by Lucy Kurrein for Capdell
The Ori Guest Bed, designed by Catherine Aitken and manufactured by Another Country, is a day time sofa, a single ‘put-me-up’ and a pull out double bed all in one. A versatile piece, designed in response to, and in line with, Ekkist’s well-being principles, it is made from solid ash with two slim mattresses manufactured by Naturalmat and filled with a combination of organic coir and wool.
Rodney McMahon, Design Guild Mark chairman, said: “The judges voted to award the Ori Guest Bed the Jonathan Hindle Prize as the best of the Design Guild Mark Furniture awardees, in a very strong field for 2019, as they were taken by the simplicity and versatility of the design, but were especially impressed that the holistic design process had eliminated environmental impact imposed by any of the materials – from fabrics to fixings.”
Igneous, designed by Jemma Ooi and Nathan Philpott, is a design made from carbon powder. Custhom’s innovative process of hand-foiling wallpapers creates a uniquely distressed or highly polished finish in a wide range of metallic hues which imitates the crystallization of igneous rocks formed through the cooling and solidification of magma or lava. The pattern is non-repetitive down the length of the wallpaper.
Rodney added: “The Igneous Collection was named the best of the Design Guild Mark 2D awardees for 2019. The beauty of the product was an immediate standout and by bringing together intriguing processes, using recycled materials, thereby creating original and unique, non-repetitive, patterns using a handmade technique, in Britain, was very impressive.”