The Bespoke Guild Mark rewards excellence in design, materials, craftsmanship and function for pieces made as single items or a limited run of up to 12.
Excellence in design, materials, craftsmanship and function. Is the piece, in both design and craftsmanship, exceptional? There are other matters to consider, for example
Are the materials, including the fittings and the finish, appropriate?
Are the materials from sustained sources? Items incorporating CITES listed materials will not be considered for a Guild Mark.
Does the design of the piece show innovation?
Are its proportions and scale harmonious?
Is it fit for purpose?
Will it last?
Pieces of furniture awarded a Bespoke Guild Mark are recognisably items of quality and excellence. To substantiate and promote this accolade, Guild Mark holders are entitled to
Use the Company’s Coat of Arms and the Bespoke Guild Mark logo (together) on any publicity material relating to each piece awarded a Guild Mark
Receive a numbered Guild Mark certificate which clearly states the names of the designer and maker (in itself a guarantee of the authenticity of the piece) and a unique enamelled disc to be fixed to each piece awarded a Guild Mark
Have a page on the Company’s website (furnituremakers.org.uk) containing a link to their own site/s, their contact details, and a general description of their practice, with further pages for each Guild Mark that they hold. These pages are linked to categorised thumbnail images of all Bespoke Guild Mark pieces
Be entered, in most cases and without further application, into the annual competition for the Claxton Stevens Prize of £1,000 for the Bespoke Guild Mark piece judged to be the best of all those awarded in that Company year (May-April)
How to apply
An application form is available to download. Questions can be answered by Doreen Oddy, Guild Marks Manager manager by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 020 7562 8522.
The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers is incorporated by Royal Charter
The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers’ Charitable Funds incorporating the Furnishing Trades Benevolent Association
is a registered charity in England and Wales (no. 1015519) and a registered company (no. 02759359) in England and Wales