Innovation of materials and creativity remain at the forefront of British design as 23 outstanding submissions from three categories are to be awarded the coveted Design Guild Mark in 2022.
The Design Guild Mark is awarded by The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and charity for the furnishing industry, to drive excellence and raise the profile of British design and innovation. It recognises the highest standards in the design of furnishings in volume production across three categories – Furniture, 2D Design, and Lighting Design. The award is open to designers working in Britain or British designers working abroad.
Each distinct category has its own jury of renowned design experts who assess the submissions against a series of criteria, including: Are the materials appropriate? Are they from sustainable sources? Does the piece/collection show new thinking? Does it solve a problem?
The winning designers – some newcomers as well as previous holders – will be celebrated at a special awards ceremony on 24 May. The awarded designs – representing the domestic and contract markets – will benefit from increased industry and consumer awareness, press and social media coverage, with the designers and companies behind them also receiving enhanced brand recognition.
In addition to honouring the winners, the ceremony will include the announcement of winners of the Jonathan Hindle Prize. This additional award is presented to the most outstanding of the year’s Design Guild Mark awarded pieces and each recipient will receive a stunning trophy and a cash prize.
- DGM 261: Your Move designed by Jon Christie for Flip the Script Furniture
- DGM 262: Kaya designed by Morgan Studio for Morgan
- DGM 263: Smalto Low Table designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby for Knoll
- DGM 264: Fourfold designed by Barry Jenkins for Ocee International
- DGM 265: Buddy designed by Chris Fowler for Bisley
- DGM 266: Sepal designed by Mark Gabbertas for Gloster Furniture
- DGM 267: Saranac designed by Mark Gabbertas for Gloster Furniture
- DGM 268: Heritage designed by Dylan Freeth for Ercol
- DGM 269: Eva designed by Phidias Leonida for NURUS
- DGM 270: PORTS designed by Tom Lloyd and Luke Pearson for Bene
- DGM 271: The Davenport Bureau designed by David Irwin for Another Country
- DGM 272: Bowater Collection – Cable Shop Stool (kit) designed by Jan Hendzel for Jan Hendzel Studio
- DGM 273: The Somerset Four Poster designed by Garry Smith for The Cornish Bed Company
- DGM 274: The Tetbury designed by Garry Smith for The Cornish Bed Company
2D Design (textiles, wall coverings, surfaces, carpets and floor coverings)
- DGM 275: ‘All Tomorrow’s Futures’ Textured Linen Blend designed by Charlotte Raffo and Alexis Snell for The Monkey Puzzle Tree
- DGM 276: Quest designed by Jane Marks-Yewdall for Camira
- DGM 277: Swell designed by Jones & Partners for The Collective Agency
- DGM 278: Northward Bound Carpet Tiles designed by the Milliken Design Team for Milliken Industrials
- DGM 279: Hotaru designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby for Ozeki Lantern Company
- DGM 280: Joseph Collection designed by Michael Young for EOQ
- DGM 281: Melina designed by Yasuyuki Sakurai and Risa Sano for Hand & Eye Studio
- DGM 282: FULL STOP designed by Derek Treadwell for Innermost
- DGM 283: Evedal designed by Aaron Probyn for IKEA
Rodney McMahon, chairman of the Design Guild Mark, said: “The judging days are busy and intense, but it is always fascinating to learn how designers have developed their ideas and to witness their pride and excitement. The judges’ knowledge and questions are endlessly thought provoking and it is a design masterclass for me, and to be able to do it in person this year was a real privilege.”