Design Guild Mark

Design Guild Mark


The prestigious Design Guild Mark is awarded by The Furniture Makers’ Company in order to drive excellence and raise the profile of British design and innovation.

The Mark recognises the highest standards in the design of furnishings across two categories (Furniture and 2D) for volume production, by the finest designers working in Britain, or British designers working abroad.

The Design Guild Mark is independently judged by a panel of renowned experts in their respective fields and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the process.


Judging Criteria

A Design Guild Mark can be awarded, for a design, which is in current volume production. Evidence of this must be provided in terms of the design process and the means of production.

Furthermore, it must be designed:

  • by any British designer, or
  • by any United Kingdom based design practice

Entries must demonstrate excellence in design, materials, manufacture and function. Consideration will be given, for example to:

  • Are the materials appropriate?
  • Are they from sustainable sources?
  • Does the piece show new thinking?
  • Does it represent value?
  • Does it solve a problem?
  • Is it fit for purpose?
  • Does the design have longevity?
  • Has the design been refined for and is it capable of being produced in volume?

Design Guild Mark website

The Design Guild Mark has a dedicated website. The website,, includes information on all previous
winners of the Mark ,the latest news, biographies of the judging panel and useful
information about applying and the judging criteria for both the Furniture and 2D categories.

Visit the Design Guild Mark website to find out more.

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Questions can be answered by Sheena Kotecha, Interim Guild Marks Manager by
emailing or by calling 020 7562 8520.