The Furniture Makers’ Company, the furnishing industry’s charity, has announced that British furniture designer and Company Liveryman John Makepeace OBE has been awarded the prestigious Prince Philip Designers Prize.

Nominated for the prize by The Furniture Makers’ Company, John was presented with a specially commissioned trophy from His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh at St. James’s Palace on Wednesday 8 June 2016.

Commenting on the prize, John Makepeace OBE said: “I am truly honoured to be receiving such a prestigious award as both a furniture designer and maker. I would like to thank The Furniture Makers’ Company for nominating me for this award – it’s a great privilege. I hope it will inspire others who are passionate about furniture.”

Ben Burbidge, Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company, said: “I am absolutely thrilled that John has been recognised with such an impressive prize. John is undoubtedly the foremost British bespoke furniture designer of his generation, with his long, illustrious career spanning more than 50 years.

“John continues to inspire the furnishing industry with his breath-taking designs and his commitment to nurturing talent through the John Makepeace Prize, awarded through The Furniture Makers’ Company.”

The Prince Philip Designers Prize was launched by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in 1959 and is awarded to a designer whose exemplary work has influenced the perception of design by the public and accordingly elevated the status of designers in society.