The prestigious Design Guild Mark is awarded to drive excellence and raise the profile of British design and innovation. The Award recognises the highest standards in the design of furniture for volume production, by the finest designers working in Britain, or British designers working abroad.
The judges are renowned experts in their respective fields and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the evaluation process. Uniquely the designers present their furniture in person on judging day, and the judges are able to examine the design closely.
Numbered Design Guild Marks will be awarded to the designers of pieces or ranges of furniture in volume production which are judged to achieve excellence in respect of the various criteria below.
The piece should demonstrate excellence in design, materials, manufacture and function
The Design Guild Mark has been described as the ‘most important British design award programme‘ and this is partly due to the calibre of our independent judging panel.
Led by Alex Gifford, Design Guild Mark chairman, our 2017 judging panel consists of:
A Design Guild Mark can be awarded for a piece or range
which is in current volume production and is designed either
Pieces or ranges of furniture awarded a Design Guild Mark are recognisably items of quality and excellence. To substantiate and promote this accolade, Design Guild Mark holders are entitled