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Awards & Competitions

Design Guild Mark 2022

The Design Guild Mark is an award for excellence in British design.

Closing date: 21 Jan 2022

A Design Guild Mark can be awarded for a product or collection of products that are currently in volume production. Entries are not restricted by the original date of production. Clear evidence must be provided to showcase the design process and the means of production of each piece that is entered.

Most importantly it is paramount that all entries are:

  • Designed by a British Designer or Designers
  • Design practices that are based in the United Kingdom

Browse the Design Guild Mark gallery to view previous awardees.

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

  • Is the design outstanding?
  • Are the materials appropriate?
  • Are they from sustainable sources?
  • Does the piece/collection 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?

Entry is open to all types of furniture from all different sectors.

Textiles, Wall Coverings, Surfaces, Carpets and Floor coverings

Textiles
The design should demonstrably be part of an extensive range and be commercially available. It should have achieved minimum sales of 500 linear metres.

Wallcoverings
Eligible wall coverings include wallpaper, wall tiles, decorative acoustical panels and paint.

Surfaces
Qualifying surface categories are glass, illuminated surfaces, tiles, stone surfaces and veneers.

Carpets
Eligible are carpets and carpet tiles. The design should have achieved minimum sales of 400 linear metres.

Floor coverings
Eligible flooring types include wood, ceramic, bamboo, tile, laminate, vinyl, resin, rubber and cork flooring.

NEW: Lighting Design

Entry is open to all types of lighting from all different sectors

Process
All applications will be presented to the Design Guild Mark committee to establish whether the application meets the technical criteria.
Once approved, designers present their design in person, giving the judging panel the opportunity to examine it closely, and find out first hand from the mind behind the piece, how it demonstrates excellence in the design of furniture or furnishings for volume production.

Judging panel
Chaired by The Furniture Makers’ Company, the Design Guild Mark is judged by an independent panel that is subject to change up to the day of judging.

Closing dates:
Early bird: 26th November 2021
Final: 21 January 2022

There is a one-off application fee of £150 + VAT for applications submitted before the Early Bird deadline.

Submissions before the Final Deadline cost £175 + VAT.

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