The prestigious Design Guild Mark rewards excellence and raises the profile of British design and innovation.

The Mark has traditionally recognised the highest standards in the design of furniture for volume production, by the finest designers working in Britain, or British designers working abroad. In its 10th year the Design Guild Mark introduced a 2D design category – rewarding excellence in fabrics, textiles, wall coverings, floor coverings and carpets.

Three designs – a rug, fabric collection and solid surface range – were judged to have met the criteria of: excellence in design, materials, manufacture, and function. 

2D Design Guild Mark 2018 award recipients are as follows: 

  • Silicastone - Designed by Alasdair Bremner & David Binns for Alusid DGM 209 
  • Jitterbug from the Shoreditch Range - Designed by Gary Bridge for Axminster Carpets DGM 210 
  • The Alchemy Collection - Designed by Rachel Evison for Bute Fabrics DGM 211 

The Design Guild Mark is judged by a panel of leading industry professionals. 

Chaired by Rodney McMahon, the judging panel were: Linzi Coppick, Forme UK; Fiona Knight, Studio Hopwood; Prof Clare Johnston, Royal College of Art; Natasha Marshall, Natasha Marshall; Corinne Pringle, tp bennett; Peter Thwaites, Rapture & Wright.

“The Design Guild Mark judging was a thoroughly enjoyable morning shared with a team of challenging and enthusiastic judges," comments Prof Clare Johnston, Royal College of Art. "We were presented with a diverse and interesting range of 2D submissions, demonstrating that imagination and commercial suitability can cohabit and create really useful, elegant and pleasing products.”