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The Furniture Makers’ Company has announced submissions for the Design Guild Mark Awards 2017 are now open for entry.

The Design Guild Mark, which is approaching its tenth consecutive year, recognises British design in the furnishing industry with a major mark of excellence, while also raising awareness of design and British talent.

To submit a product please visit The Furniture Makers’ Company’s website, www.furnituremakers.org.uk, or click on the following link: http://bit.ly/2dYtBu8 and complete the Call for Entries form! Closing date 24th February 2017.

Sebastian Conran, director of Conran & Partners, said: “It is good to experience some of the finest British designers explain the thought, detail and craftsmanship that goes into their designs. Often it is the intangible things that are the most important and yet difficult to discuss, as it is often a question of that ghastly word, ‘Taste.’ I would like to recall Josiah Wedgwood noting that, “Fashion is often more significant than Merit,” something worth considering when judging’s one’s peers’ work.

Philippa Prinsloo, head of design for John Lewis Partnership, added: “The diversity of submissions were reflected by thoughtful and challenging debate throughout the day. To see and experience design excellence across such different substrates and solutions, methods of make and manufacture was impressive.”