The Furniture Makers’ Company, the furnishing industry’s charity, is appealing for companies to inspire the next generation of designers and furniture makers by supporting its 2018 School Design Prize fundraising campaign. 

Launched in 2014, the School Design Prize raises awareness of the furnishing industry among school children by rewarding them for their design and technology course work. 

Every year The Furniture Makers’ Company asks companies and individuals to sponsor copies of a design textbook which are then posted to schools around the country for design & technology teachers to present to their most outstanding student. 

For 2018, the prize is changing to a copy of ‘Design of the 20th Century’ by Charlotte and Peter Fiell, published by Taschen. 

Dr Tony Smart MBE, Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company, says: “The UK furnishing industry has an ageing workforce. The long term prosperity of the industry depends on us attracting young people to pursue a career in this creative, vibrant sector. You can help safeguard the future of the industry by sponsoring a School Design Prize.” 

The deadline for donations is 31st January 2018. A set of two books costs £54 (inc VAT) and donors can recommend the schools that receive the awards. 

Those wishing to sponsor a School Design Prize should contact Richard Ainsworth, head of fundraising at The Furniture Makers’ Company, on 020 7562 8527 or by emailing

More information about the School Design Prize can be found here.