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Next generation hailed

Philipp Stummer and Mini Maestro1The next generation of furniture designers and makers has been hailed at The Furniture Makers’ Company’s annual Young Furniture Makers exhibition.

Now in its 10th year, this year’s exhibition showcased pieces from talented GCSE and A Level students through to BA and MA graduates from around the UK, with more than 40 designs from some of the UK’s finest young furniture makers packed out Furniture Makers’ Hall.
The Young Furniture Makers Design Award, sponsored by Crofts & Assinder, went to Philipp Stummer (pictured) from Warwickshire College for the Mini Maestro. He also won the The Blum Best in Show Prize, winning a trip to the Blum factory in Austria.
The Young Furniture Makers Bespoke Award, sponsored by Festool, was awarded to Jan Waterston from the City of Oxford College for his Velo Rocking Stool
The Young Furniture Makers Innovation Award, sponsored by Crofts & Assinder, was won by William Keenlyside from Kingston University for The Pour Man’s Stool
The winners of the B&Q Homefit School Prize were Ella Lemaire and Sebastian Banwell, who receive a cash prize for their school and vouchers for themselves, plus a trip to the Blum factory.
‘We set up the Young Furniture Makers Exhibition so schoolchildren, students and graduates could showcase their work, and meet potential employers and members of the Company, giving them an opportunity to network and receive feedback. Every year the exhibition gets bigger and better and this year’s was no exception. All of the designs on show were of an incredibly high standard. We’d like to thank all of our sponsors, particularly our main sponsor, Axminster Tools & Machinery,’ says Alex Crofts, Chairman of the Young Furniture Makers.
‘I am delighted to have won both the Design Award and Best in Show Prize. I am happy that so many talented designer and makers, young and old, were brought together for their work to be recognised. There was a tremendous amount of interest, respect and interaction with the public, parents, friends, experts of the trade and The Furniture Makers’ Company. Thank you to the organisers and all who were involved to make that day happen’, says Stummer.
‘I had an incredible day. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet some very talented young furniture makers and have a great day of networking and meeting new people. Everybody at the Furniture Makers was incredibly friendly, welcoming and had some valuable knowledge and experience to offer in terms of pursuing a career in design,’ says William Keenlyside, winner of the Young Furniture Makers Innovation Award.