The Design Guild Mark is launching the call for entries for the 2020 awards later this month and we’re excited to announce the launch of a new Lighting Design category to complement the Furniture category and the Textiles, Wall coverings, Surfaces, Carpets and Floor coverings category.
The new Lighting Design category will reward excellence in the design of table lights, floor lamps, pendants, ceiling and wall lights, outdoor lighting and technical/system lighting.
The Design Guild Mark is unique to other design awards as each category has its own judging panel, made up of experts from the UK design community, who scrutinise both the design and designer in person at a judging day and determine whether the product represents design excellence.
Led by Design Guild Mark chairman Rodney McMahon, the Lighting Design judging panel will include:
Simon Alderson, twentytwentyone
Simon Alderson co-founded twentytwentyone in 1996. The award-winning company is internationally respected for its carefully curated retail business. twentytwentyone has a dedicated commercial sales team working with architects and designers on progressive interiors projects. The company also produces a small collection of furniture and accessories and acts as exclusive UK agents for several international design collections.
Simon Terry, Anglepoise
In 2001 Simon Terry left a successful career as a film compositor in Visual Effects, working on a range of blockbuster movies, including James Bond, Zorro and Les Miserable, to join the family business, Anglepoise®. As managing director, he has been responsible for transforming the company into a dynamic, design-driven business, collaborating with Sir Kenneth Grange, Britain’s most successful industrial designer, who remains design director of Anglepoise® to this day.
Tim Rundle, Tim Rundle Studio
Tim Rundle is an industrial designer specialising in Lighting, Furniture and Consumer Products. Originally from New Zealand, Tim relocated to London in 2008 and worked for some of the most high-profile design companies in the UK, including Tom Dixon, Conran+Partners and Priestmangoode, before founding Tim Rundle Studio in 2015.
John Tree, Jasper Morrison
John Tree is a designer currently dividing his time between Jasper Morrison’s office and his own. Having worked as a senior designer with Sony, John has worked with Jasper for over 17 years, designing products for some of the world’s leading brands. Through his own practice, John consults for tech-based start-ups and develops his own products for manufacturers such as Very Good & Proper, Deadgood, and Deacode. John has been a guest tutor at both the Royal College of Art and Ecal where he has been an external assessor for the Masters course.
Sebastian Wrong, Established & Sons
Sebastian Wrong is a designer, creative director and specialist in modern manufacturing. His career has seen him work with some of the most pre-eminent designers and companies of the era. His portfolio of work spans furniture, lighting, accessories and gallery projects. He is currently the design director of the London based furniture brand Established & Sons.
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.
The piece from the three categories deemed to be the most outstanding by the judges will also win the Jonathan Hindle Prize for Excellence – a £1,000 cash prize.
Designers and companies have until 28 November 2019 to submit an entry to meet the early bird deadline and until 23 January 2020 to meet the final deadline.