Young Furniture Makers exhibition goes virtual for 2021

The Young Furniture Makers exhibition, a showcase of fresh thinking from the future of design, has returned 2021 as a special month-long virtual event.

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

Traditionally, the event, sponsored by Axminster Tools & Machinery, is a one-day event 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.

Around 55 designs will be showcased across three categories: bespoke, design and school design.

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

In addition to the category awards, 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.

‘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,’ says Jonny Westbrooke, The Furniture Makers’ Company ceo.

‘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,’ says Alan Styles, Axminister Tools & Machinery md.

‘Nurturing the creative, technical, design and craft talents of the next generation of furniture makers 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,’ says Zoe Bonser, Clarion Retail portfolio director.


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