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Pengelly scoops Jonathan Hindle Prize as DGMs recognise excellence

UnniaSimonPengellySimon Pengelly has won the 2016 Jonathan Hindle Prize, awarded to the most outstanding design among this year’s Design Guild Mark awards.

Pengelly won the award for his Unnia chair range for Inclass. It is a collection of versatile stacking chairs that allows the user to customise their own design by mixing and combining different colour and material variations of the seat, back and frame.
He was given the award by Hindle, who founded the Design Guild Marks, and William Knight, Clerkenwell Design Week show director at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, London last night.
‘Being recognised as the most outstanding design of those selected for a 2016 Design Guild Mark is a huge honour and something we can give back to our client in recognition for their unwavering commitment to us and the work involved in developing such a complex and involved product,’ said Pengelly.
Awarded by The Furniture Makers Company, The Design Guild Mark Awards promote excellence and raise the profile of British design and innovation. They recognise and reward designers working in Britain or British Designers working abroad. The award demands the highest standards in the design of furniture for volume production.
The other 18 awards were for: Loku range by Shin Azumi for Case Furniture, Flow chair by Tomoko Azumi for Ercol, Pilot chair for Knoll by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, Column bookcases by Samuel Chan for Channels, Magnus chair by Samuel Chan for Channels, Sebastian Cox kitchen by deVOL, a design collaboration between the deVOL design team and Sebastian Cox, Ashworth desk by Adam Daghorn for Conran and manufactured by Marks & Spencer, Marino chair and sofa by Dylan Freeth for Ercol, Nuno chair by Mark Gabbertas for Allemuir, William dining chair by Mark Gabbertas for Gloster, Eos range by Matthew Hilton for Case Furniture, Hardy chair by David Irwin for Another Country, Planks collection by Max Lamb for Benchmark, Quiet bench- by Magnus Long for Hitch Mylius, hm221 collection by Timothée Mion for Hitch Mylius, Kyoto bench system by Morgan Studio for Morgan, My Ami range by Alexander White for Heals and The Core collection by Jo Wilton and Mirka Grohn for &New.
The Furniture Makers Company also announced Lucy Burgess, who studies Textiles in Practice at Manchester Metropolitan University, as the winner of the Muirhead Leather Design Competition for her British Wildlife modern lounge chair incorporating eye-catching arts and crafts inspired imagery.
She was presented a certificate and cheque for £1,000 by Colin Wade, Andrew Muirhead & Son md. She will also have a three-week work placement at the company, where she will get to see her design come to life.
Michael Brennan, a student at Newcastle College, was the runner-up with his Zen
Contemplative Couch design, which takes inspiration from the peaceful forms of rocks in Japanese Zen Buddhist gardens. He won £500.