The Young Furniture Makers exhibition, a special one-day event showcasing furniture, lighting and textile designs from emerging designer-makers to employers and key players in the furnishing industry, returns to the City of London this October.
The event, organised by The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and charity for the furnishing industry, will take place on Wednesday 11 October at Furniture Makers’ Hall and the Dutch Church in Austin Friars, London. More than 70 young designers from schools, colleges, universities and graduates from around the UK will be exhibiting designs at the event, which is principally sponsored by Tizo Limited and co-sponsored by Axminster Tools, Celtheath and NaughtOne.
Doors will open for the trade and guests to view at 1.00pm. Amanda Waring, Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company, will officially welcome guests from the furniture and design community at 6.30pm before the announcement of the winners of the 2023 Young Furniture Makers Awards. The exhibition will close at 8.30pm. The awards being presented are:
- The Bespoke Award sponsored by Axminster Tools
- The Design Award sponsored by NaughtOne
- The Textiles Award
- The Best Chair in Show Prize sponsored by Sitting Firm at Gaze Burvill
- The Idea Prize sponsored by Colebrook Bosson Saunders
- The Leather Prize sponsored by the Leathersellers’ Company
- The Best in Show Prize sponsored by Blum UK
- The Fast Track Prize sponsored by Malcolm Walker
Jonny Westbrooke, CEO of The Furniture Makers’ Company, said: “The Young Furniture Makers exhibition is an outstanding celebration of exceptionally gifted young makers, serving as an invaluable platform for this emerging talent to connect with experienced designers and esteemed professionals within the furnishing industry. Throughout the years, the Young Furniture Makers exhibition has proudly showcased the work of many designer-makers who have subsequently achieved remarkable success in their careers, making it a must-attend event. Mark your calendar and join us this October.”
Billy Quinn, non-executive director at Tizo Limited, principal sponsor of the Young Furniture Makers exhibition, said: “At Tizo Limited, we recognise there are many essential ingredients that make up successful market sectors. Not least amongst these are innovation, new technologies and young talent. Tizo Limited offers the transitional system building blocks to facilitate and evolve with several key UK sectors, so naturally have committed to be the main sponsor for the Young Furniture Makers exhibition. This vibrant, proven event adds to bringing the future of the furniture industry into clearer view. While encouraging and recognising some of the emerging talent that will be its future.”