Young Furniture Makers’ Awards

The Young Furniture Makers is the student-facing brand that encompasses all of our educational efforts. It is a free to join group open to all young people, run by our student members. It provides them with valuable information and networking opportunities with our more senior members, who come from all sectors of the furnishing industry, and vitally allows them to interact with all our unique initiatives.

We are now accepting applications for our three Young Furniture Makers’ Awards: Bespoke, Design and Innovation.

About the Bespoke Award

Awarding excellence in the craft of furniture for the intention of bespoke furniture by the finest young designers in full time higher education.

Criteria

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?
  • Does the design of the piece show innovation?
  • Are its proportions and scale harmonious?
  • Is the design fit for purpose

Eligibility

An YFM Bespoke Award can be awarded for a one off piece which is intended for limited production and is designed by any student who is either;

  • Studying in full-time education
  • Who has or is studying in a private/commercial furniture designer-maker course or who has
  • Recently graduated from a United Kingdom university or college.

Benefits

Pieces of furniture awarded an YFM Bespoke Award are recognisably items of quality and excellence. To substantiate and promote this accolade, YFM Bespoke Award holders are entitled to;

  • Use the YFM Bespoke Award logo on any publicity material relating to each piece awarded a YFM Bespoke Award
  • Receive a numbered YFM Bespoke Award certificate, which clearly states the names of the designer and maker and is itself a guarantee of the authenticity of the piece.
  • Publicity within the YFM section of 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.

About the Design Award

An award for excellence in the design of furniture for the intention of volume production, by the finest young designers in full time higher education.

Criteria

Excellence in design, materials, manufacture and function

  • Are the materials appropriate?
  • Does the piece show new thinking?
  • Does it represent value?
  • Does it solve a problem?
  • Have the students considered the method and cost of manufacture?

Eligibility

A YFM Design Award can be awarded for a piece or range which is intended for volume production and is designed by any student who is either;

  • Studying in full-time education
  • Who has or is studying in a private/commercial furniture designer-maker course or who has
  • Recently graduated from a United Kingdom university or college.

About the Innovation Award

Young Furniture Makers Innovation Award recognises students researching a design idea that could lead to an innovative product or service.

Criteria

Excellence in design, materials, manufacture and function

  • Are the materials unique and inventive?
  • Does the piece show original thinking?
  • Does the piece show innovation?
  • Does it solve a problem?
  • Does the idea show commercial promise?

Eligibility

An Innovation Award can be awarded for a piece, which recognises students developing a design idea that could lead to an innovative product or service by any student who is either;

  • Studying in full-time education
  • Who has or is studying in a private/ commercial furniture designer-maker course or who has
  • Recently graduated from a United Kingdom university or college.