The Design Guild Mark has launched the call for entries for the 2021 awards, inviting designers and companies to submit entries for three categories: Furniture, Textiles, Wall Coverings, Surfaces, Carpets and Floor Coverings and the new Lighting Design category.
The Design Guild Mark, awarded by The Furniture Makers’ Company, has been distinguishing the excellent from the ordinary in the design of furnishings intended for volume production for more than 10 years.
It is unique to other design awards as the panel of independent judges – all experts in the field of design – examine the submitted piece and question the designer during a judging day.
Designs awarded a Mark benefit from increased industry and consumer awareness, press and social media coverage, with the designers and companies behind them also receiving enhanced brand recognition.
Designers and companies have until 30 November 2020 to submit an entry to meet the early bird deadline and until 22 January 2021 for the final deadline.
Rodney McMahon, chairman of the Design Guild Mark, said: “The variety and quality of designs, from both established and aspiring designers, applying for the Design Guild Mark is always stimulating. With the launch of the Lighting Design categories this year, we now have three different design strands that we hope will attract an even broader range of applicants and ensure that the award of a Design Guild Mark continues to be something to which to aspire.”
The Design Guild Mark judging panels for 2021 will be:
Joanna Biggs – GA Design
Sarah Bryan – ID:SR
Elliott Koehler – Layer Design
Jeremy Myerson – Royal College of Art
Tom Pearce – Farrah & Pearce
Campbell Thompson – The Conran Shop
Terence Woodgate – Terence Woodgate Design
Simon Alderson – twentytwentyone
Tim Rundle – Tim Rundle Design Studio
Simon Terry – Anglepoise
John Tree – Jasper Morrison
Sebastian Wrong – Established & Sons
Textiles, Wall Coverings, Surfaces, Carpets and Floor Coverings
Linzi Coppick – Forme UK
Daniel Hopwood – Hopwood Design Studios
Professor Clare Johnson – Royal College Of Art
Natasha Marshall – Natasha Marshall
Corinne Pringle – TP Bennett
Peter Thwaites – Rapture & Wright