Guild Marks 2018

A new crop of British-designed furniture pieces have been selected by The Furniture Makers Company to receive the Guild Mark of distinction.

Words by Ellen Peirson

For the tenth year, The Furniture Makers’ Company has awarded its Design Guild Mark to 12 designs across the domestic and furniture market, recognising distinction in the design of furniture by the top designers in Britain and British designers abroad.

Among this year's recipients are two icons of British design – Race Furniture's Antelope chair, designed by Ernest Race for the 1951 Festival of Britain, and the 1965 T1 chair from Rodney Kinsman, bought by Terence Conran in 1967 for his Habitat store.

Through the Mark awards scheme, The Furniture Makers’ Company aims to advance excellence in design and creates awareness of British design and innovation.

Designed by Mark Gabbertas for Allermuir

Comprising three fundamental shapes, the Mozaik seating family is adaptable and facilitates the different ways that people occupy space, allowing a variety of synergies.

T1 Chair
Designed by Rodney Kinsman RDI for OMK 1965

t1 Chair Designed by rodney Kinsman rDI for oMK 1965

A classic example of post-war design, the T1 was originally bought by Terence Conran for his Habitat store in 1967. A chrome-plated steel frame supports coach hide leather slings available in black, brown or tan.

Thinking Quietly
Designed by Jones & Partners for thinking Works

thinking Quietly Designed by Jones & Partners for thinking Works

Created with the modern workplace in mind, Thinking Quietly is the product of a rigorous design process, resulting in a range of acoustic furniture using advanced materials and innovative designs.

Designed by Benjamin Hubert of Layer for Allermuir

AXYL Designed by Benjamin Hubert of Layer for Allermuir

The low-impact materials of the AXYL collection have been used to create a distinctive chair both in terms of design and environmental value.

Designed by Lyndon for Boss Design

Manta Designed by Lyndon for Boss Design

This collection offers an efficient and casual approach to seating for corporate spaces. The low-maintenance solution does not compromise on comfort or style – available in a range of fabrics and leathers.

Magnetic Copper Cube
Designed by Paul Kelley for Paul Kelley

Magnetic Copper Cube Designed by Paul Kelley for Paul Kelley

Endless configurations are possible with these magnetised copperclad cubes. The modular system can be constantly reconfigured to form custom chairs, tables, benches, dividers and much more.

Edge Executive desk
Designed by PearsonLloyd for Modus Furniture

Edge Executive desk designed by PearsonLloyd for Modus Furniture

Materials are used sparingly in this design to create a distinctive and highly detailed design approach afforded by a light aluminium frame. This creates a consistent collection and allows the desk to be combined with other pieces from the range.

Aphelion Console
Designed by Byron and Gómez for Benchmark

Aphelion Console designed by Byron and Gómez for Benchmark

This minimal piece has a graceful weightlessness to it with a slatted shelf, accentuated by soft curves. Made of solid oak, it is available with a range of finishes making it versatile, understated and modest.

Designed by Philippe Malouin for SCP

Group designed by Philippe Malouin for sCP

An occasional chair with a minimal footprint, the design is a grouping of three geometric shapes that spin on a black powder-coated steel swivel base.

The Hugo settee
Designed by Ian Archer and manufactured by SITS

The Hugo settee designed by Ian Archer and manufactured by sITs

The simple yet elegant design is made up of high resilient foam, ensuring comfort and sustaining the structured round edges of the cushions.

Designed By Pearsonlloyd for Allermuir

Famiglia designed by PearsonLloyd for Allermuir

With some 20 products, Famiglia is a cohesive collection of chairs and tables in a range of scales and forms. With a variety of colours and legs available, endless combinations create an adaptable collection that still form a unified whole.

Race Antelope Chair
Designed by Ernest race for race Furniture

race Antelope Chair designed by Ernest race for race Furniture

Designed in 1951 for the Festival of Britain, Antelope Chair is an iconic piece of design, recognisable for its curved form within a steel rod frame. Each piece is still handmade in the Race factory in Gloucestershire.

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