School Design Prize

School Design Prize 2018

Inspire the next generation – sponsor a School Design Prize 

This is your chance to reward a gifted design & technology student and inspire them to consider a career in the furnishing industry.

The UK furnishing industry has an ageing workforce. The long term prosperity of the industry depends on us attracting young people to pursue a career in this creative, vibrant sector.

You can help safeguard the future of the industry by sponsoring a School Design Prize.

About the prize

Now in its sixth year, the School Design Prize is our unique award given to promising young students in schools across the country. Towards the end of the academic year, we send schools two prizes which are presented to the male and female student the design & technology teacher thinks has created the most outstanding coursework linked to furnishing.

Benefits to sponsors 

• Helping inspire the next generation of furniture makers
• Supporting children in your community
• Building links with local schools
• You’re supporting your industry charity
• It’s a great story for PR.

Previous winners and nominees said:

“From the very beginning, I knew how important and competitive this award was which only boosted my determination to work as hard as I could. Amazingly, the hard work paid off and I got such amazing opportunities to display my work and meet the most incredible people. It was a truly amazing day and I would like to thank the Young Furniture Maker’s team for the experience.” Emaline Hamnett

“It was a great honour to receive the School Design Prize and as a result, I was invited to the Young Furniture Makers Exhibition in London. Throughout the exhibition, I was able to talk to other students about their designs, which was both educational and inspiring given the standard of work on display. The advice which I obtained from design professionals and other students at the event will be greatly beneficial to my progression as a designer. I was so happy to receive this award and it was a real privilege to collect my certificate in front of the several hundred people.”-Matthew Pembery

See our gallery of winners here and watch our video with Ella, a previous School Design Prize winner.

Sponsor a School Design Prize now! 

For more information, please contact Laura Garnett, head of fundraising & development at The Furniture Makers’ Company, on 020 7562 8527 or by emailing