Entry is open to British designers working in the UK or abroad, as well as designers with UK-based practices
DGM Fourfold by Barry Jenkins for Ocee International – Jonathan Hindle Prize Winner 2022
Inviting designers and companies to submit entries for three categories, Furniture, Lighting, and Interior Design Elements, entry is open to British designers working in the UK or abroad, as well as designers with UK-based practices.
Submissions can be for an individual product or collection of products that are currently in production, that were designed for, and are manufactured by an industrial design process. The designs can be intended for domestic, office, hospitality, educational or corporate use, and for both interior and exterior environments.
The Design Guild Mark was established in 2008 by The Furniture Makers’ Company to recognise all designs that meet the highest standards of originality and innovation in British industrial design. Over time, the Mark has grown from just Furniture to include categories for Interior Design Elements and Lighting.
DGM 277 Swell, designed by Jones & Partners for The Collective Agency, Jonathon Hindle Prize Winner 2022
Unique to other design awards as the panel of independent judges – all experts in the field of design – examine the submitted piece during the judging day. Applicants are required to present their actual piece in person to allow for a dialogue between the judges and for any questions to be answered.
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 each of the three categories deemed to be the most outstanding by the judges will also win the Jonathan Hindle Prize for Excellence.
DGM 279 Hotaru by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby for Ozeki Lantern Company, Jonathan Hindle Prize Winner 2022
Designers and companies have until 25 November 2022 to submit an entry to meet the early bird deadline and until 20 January 2023 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 last 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.’
About Design Guild Mark
In 2022, the Design Guild Mark’s graphic identity has undergone a subtle evolution at the hands of Gunter Piekarski. This astute refresh is being applied across all platforms and reinforces the very special personality of this award programme.
The prestigious Design Guild Mark promotes excellence and raises the profile of British design and innovation. The award recognises the highest standards in the design of furnishings in industrial design by the finest designers working in Britain, or British designers working abroad.
Each product must meet a series of strict criteria including the design’s form, originality, and environmental credentials. The Furniture Makers’ Company is the City of London livery company and charity for the furnishing industry, which champions excellence in design and manufacture, educates new talent for the future of the industry and supports those in need.
For more information, visit designguildmark.org.uk
Images courtesy of Design Guild Mark