20 July 2024, 16:04
By Furniture News Oct 04, 2021

Young Furniture Makers exhibition goes virtual

The Young Furniture Makers exhibition, a showcase of fresh thinking from the future of design, returns this month as a month-long virtual event.

Organised by The Furniture Makers’ Company, the Young Furniture Makers exhibition is an annual celebration of new furniture and furnishing designs from GCSE, university students and recent graduates from around the UK.

Traditionally, the event – sponsored by Axminster Tools & Machinery - is a one-day feature, providing the next generation of designers and makers direct access to some of the UK furnishing industry’s top influencers and employers, but for 2021 the event is going online thanks to the support of the January Furniture Show in partnership with REVEAL.

Around 55 designs will be showcased across three categories – Bespoke, Design and School Design.

The entrants in each category will be judged by a panel of experts, with an overall winner from each group announced on Friday 29th October, the last day of the online exhibition.

In addition to the Bespoke Award, Design Award and School Design Award, the judges will also select a winner of the Innovation Award – a piece they think is pushing the boundaries of design – and an overall Best in Show Prize.

Jonny Westbrooke, CEO of The Furniture Makers’ Company, says: “The Young Furniture Makers exhibition is an extraordinary and unmissable celebration of talented young designer-makers, many of whom are in the early stages of their career and looking for employment. We are thrilled that the Young Furniture Makers exhibition is returning in 2021, thanks to the support of Axminster Tools and Clarion Events, as a month-long celebration which we hope will give even more people the opportunity to see the outstanding designs of some of the UK’s rising stars.”

Alan Styles, MD of Axminister Tools & Machinery, exhibition sponsor, adds: “Axminster Tools is committed to helping to build a sustainable future for the furniture industry. In order to preserve traditional crafts, it's vital that we continue to support and develop fresh new talent. It's a privilege to be involved with an event like the Young Furniture Makers exhibition – the level of innovation, design and craftsmanship is truly wonderful to experience. I'm looking forward to seeing what this year brings.”

Zoe Bonser, portfolio director at Clarion Retail, organiser of the January Furniture Show, comments: “Nurturing the creative, technical, design and craft talents of the next generation of furnituremakers is so indescribably important, and we’re thrilled to be giving our support to the Young Furniture Makers exhibition. I have no doubt that those visiting digitally will be in awe of the work being showcased, and we look forward to celebrating the success of all that have been shortlisted for these noteworthy awards.”

Click here to view the shortlisted entries.

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