Ella lemaire and modular shelving

The Furniture Makers’ Company has recently celebrated the next generation of furniture designers at its annual Young Furniture Makers Exhibition.

Taking place on 11 October 2016 at the Furniture Makers’ Hall, the event, now in its 10th year, featured more than 40 designs on display including pieces from talented GCSE and A Level students through to BA and MA graduates from around the UK.

Ben Burbidge, Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company, officially welcomed guests from across the furnishing and design sector before a prize giving ceremony.

Winners on the night included Jan Waterson who won the Young Furniture Makers’ Bespoke Award, Philipp Stummer who won the Design Award and the Blum Best in Show Prize, William Keenlyside who won the Innovation Award, and joint winners Ella Lemaire and Sebastian Banwell who won the B&Q Homefit School Prize.

Alex Crofts, chairman of the Young Furniture Makers, said: “Every year the exhibition gets bigger and better and this year’s was no exception. All of the designs on show were of an incredibly high standard. We’d like to thank all of our sponsors, particularly our main sponsor, Axminster Tools & Machinery.”


Quotes from some of the winners.

Philipp Stummer, winner of the Young Furniture Makers Design Award and Blum Best in Show Prize, said: “I am delighted to have won both the Design Award and Best in Show Prize. I am happy that so many talented designer and makers, young and old, were brought together for their work to be recognised. There was a tremendous amount of interest, respect and interaction with the public, parents, friends, experts of the trade and The Furniture Makers’ Company. Thank you to the organisers and all who were involved to make that day happen.”


William Keenlyside, winner of the Young Furniture Makers Innovation Award, said: “I had an incredible day. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet some very talented young furniture makers and have a great day of networking and meeting new people. Everybody at the Furniture Makers was incredibly friendly, welcoming and had some valuable knowledge and experience to offer in terms of pursuing a career in design.”


Ellis Whitehead, a student at Bath School of Art and Design, said: “I really enjoyed the Young Furniture Makers exhibition. I met so many different people and got such good feedback for my work. It was great to meet other young designers and get their opinions as well as meeting people from the industry.”


Young Furniture Makers Exhibition winners in full:

The Young Furniture Makers Bespoke Award, sponsored by Festool, was awarded to Jan Waterston from the City of Oxford College for his Velo Rocking Stool.

The Young Furniture Makers Design Award, sponsored by Crofts & Assinder, went to Philipp Stummer from Warwickshire College for the Mini Maestro.

The Young Furniture Makers Innovation Award, sponsored by Crofts & Assinder, was won by William Keenlyside from Kingston University for The Pour Man’s Stool.

The winners of the B&Q Homefit School Prize were Ella Lemaire and Sebastian Banwell, who receive a cash prize for their school and vouchers for themselves, plus an all-expenses paid trip to the state of the art Blum factory in Austria.

The Blum Best in Show Prize, an all-expenses paid trip to the state of the art Blum factory in Austria, was given to Philipp Stummer for Mini Maestro.