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The future of design

The Young Furniture Makers exists to inspire creativity, nurture talent and connect the next generation of designers and makers with influencers from the sector who are eager to support career development.

Membership to the Young Furniture Makers is completely free up until three years after graduation and will open doors to new horizons and a unique community to share ideas, collaborate and develop relationships.


Under the banner of the Young Furniture Makers, we organise events, including seminars and tours, to support career development and continued professional development. Our annual awards recognise excellence in the areas of Bespoke, Design and Innovation, while the Young Furniture Makers exhibition has grown over the past two decades to become the place for the future of design to connect with business leaders and industry professionals.

How we’ve helped

The furnishing industry needs a skilled workforce in order to maintain a competitive edge in today’s global market. We have created a wide-ranging programme of support to develop talent for the future. Here are just a few examples of people we have supported.

Young Furniture
Makers Awards

The Young Furniture Makers Awards are the student equivalent of our Guild Marks, recognising excellence in the fields of Bespoke and Design. Every year we receive hundreds of entries from students for the awards. The designs that impress our judges on paper are then invited to show at our Young Furniture Makers exhibition so they can scrutinise them in person and pick winners.


Apply for the 2021 YFM Design Award

YFM Design Award Guidelines


Apply for the 2021 YFM Bespoke Award

YFM Bespoke Award Guidelines


Apply for the 2021 Schools Award


The Young Furniture Makers exhibition was set up by The Furniture Makers’ Company more than 10 years ago for school children, students and graduates to meet like minded individuals, showcase their work to the design community and connect with potential employers.


“The Young Furniture Makers exhibition is an important platform for designer-makers at the start of their career. The exhibition provided a great opportunity for these incredibly talented makers to demonstrate their passion to key people within the UK design community.” Sebastian Cox, 2019 guest of honour

Young Furniture Makers exhibition

The Young Furniture Makers exhibition returns in 2021 but as a virtual show only. More details to be revealed soon.

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2019 Exhibition gallery

Young Furniture Makers exhibition events
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The benefits of joining the Young Furniture Makers include:


  • Networking with like minded individuals.
  • Access to furniture and design industry leaders at events.
  • Sneak preview information about forthcoming seminars and events.
  • Regular updates on competitions, prizes, awards and the annual exhibition.


    We hope that Young Furniture Makers members will see the benefits of being part of such an influential organisation and join the livery as a young freeman, who are entitled to subsidised membership rates.

    Any questions?

    For more information about the Young Furniture Makers, get in touch
    using the form below or by calling 020 7562 8529.