Entry is Open for Design Guild Mark Awards 2024

November 6, 2023

(UK) – The Design Guild Mark has opened their entries for the 2024 award show, inviting designers and companies to submit entries.

Established in 2008, by the Furniture Marker’s company, the non-profit programme was created to raise the profile of British Industrial design and to recognise it’s excellence. The award is open to designers working in Britain or abroad and must submit to one of three categories: furniture, lighting, and interior design.

Submissions can be for an individual product or a collection of products that are currently in production, that were designed for, and are manufactured by, an industrial design process. The designs can be intended for domestic, office, hospitality, educational or corporate use, and for both interior and exterior environments, with no restriction on when the design was launched.

The competition process works by applicants presenting their submission in person in front of a panel of independent expert judges. Instead of a ranking system, the award is given to all designs that demonstrate to the judges that they represent the highest standards of originality and innovation in industrial design. Entries are measured by a selection of criteria such as innovation, function, form, brand, and environmental responsibility.

Winners of the Mark will be celebrated at the award ceremony on the 23 May. This year’s judges for the lighting category include Simon Alderson from twentytwentyone; Gitta Gschwendtner of Gschwendtner; Risa Sano from Mensten; Simon Terry from Anglepoise, John Tree from Jasper Morrison; and Sebastian Wrong from Established & Sons.

Past winners in the Lighting category include David Irwin from Luum for his Oslin Collection, Tala for the ‘The Muse in solid brass and Terrence Woodgate for Case Furniture for his Solid Rechargeable Light.

Alderson of twentytwentyone, says: “This year’s DGM Lighting award offered a diversity in approach, materials and applications. The designers presented their work extremely well, and it is this distinct component of the Design Guild Mark that makes the review of British-based creativity so special. The award acknowledges many criteria, though functionality, sustainability, price, and personality are celebrated as key components in this year’s winning designs.”

Previous winner Irwin adds: “I’m delighted to receive a Design Guild Mark, it’s a great honour to be granted this prestigious award and a privilege to be part of a community that values and celebrates excellence in design. It’s a testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved in bringing these designs to life, from the initial concept to the final product. Thank you to the judges for acknowledging our efforts, and to our clients for entrusting us with this project.”

Designers and companies have until 24 of November 2023 to submit an entry to meet the early bird deadline and until the 19 January 2024 for the final deadline.