School Design Prize 2018

About the prize

Launched in 2014, the School Design Prize raises awareness of the furnishing industry among school children by rewarding them for their Design Technology work.

Every year The Furniture Makers’ Company asks companies and individuals to sponsor copies of the V&A published book Modern British Furniture – design since 1945 by design historian Lesley Jackson.

The books are then posted to selected schools around the country, with a certificate featuring the name of the donating individual, for Design Technology teachers to present to their most outstanding student.

What the students say

“I really enjoy working with my hands and would love to work in this industry when I leave college. The fact I’ve won a prize for doing something I love is even better.”  Joe Littler

“I was greatly surprised to be entered into this prestigious competition, and even more so to have the joint winning entry. I’d like to give a huge thank you to all the generous support and advice from teachers and the Furniture Makers  throughout the process.” Ella Lemaire

“I am very pleased that all my hard work over the last eight months has come together to produce a portfolio that I am proud of. This project has aided the development of my skills and capability in product design and it is a pleasure to have won this award.”  Matthew Shaw

How to sponsor a prize

Each book costs £45 (+VAT) and donors can recommend the schools that receive the awards.

For more information, please contact Richard Ainsworth, fundraising manager at The Furniture Makers’ Company, on 020 7562 8527 or by emailing