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Friday 6 July 2018

The 2015 Young Furniture Makers Exhibition included exhibits from talented students of all levels drawn from the many colleges and universities supported by the Company. Also on show was work from enthusiastic schoolchildren who won the DFS Poster Competition and the Proskills/MakeIT Competition.

New this year were the Bespoke Award, won by Connor Holland and sponsored by Festool, and the Design Award, won by Christa Sylvana Tjong and sponsored by Gabbertas Studio and Crofts&Assinder. Awards were also made for numerous industry partnerships, where companies such as Crofts&Assinder, Ercol, Hands, Gordon Russell and Willis&Gambier worked with university students on specific projects.

The Best in Show Prize, sponsored by Corporate Member Blum, went to two young designers, Connor Holland and Jan Waterston, who each won an all-expenses paid trip to Blum’s state-of-the-art factory in Austria for having the best exhibits in the show – Connor for his YFM Bespoke award-winning Lilo Bench, and Jan for his Velo Chair, which gained second place in the YFM Bespoke Award.

A new competition was launched by leather specialist Andrew Muirhead&Son, with highly valuable work experience and £1,000 in cash for the winner, plus two runners-up prizes of £500 each. Managing Director Colin Wade said: “We are delighted to be launching this new competition to students, aiming to break through the traditional design boundaries of leather through the application of digital print – patent applied for. There is such a wealth of fresh young talent coming into the furnishing industry, so it will be really exciting to see the entries coming in.”

The Master, David Dewing, said: “One of our key objectives is to nurture young talented people through our Young Furniture Makers group, providing them with useful, relevant support and encouragement so that they remain within the industry, and become the leaders of tomorrow.

“It is heartening to see so many talented individuals presenting their work with such enthusiasm and commitment. It is our unique network of members and supporting companies that enables us to provide these invaluable opportunities.”