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Trio share Jonathan Hindle prizes

Catherine Aitken, Nathan Philipott and Jemma Ooi have shared this year’s Jonathan Hindle Prize, selected from the 2019 Design Guild Mark recipients.

Aitken designed the Ori Guest Bed, manufactured by Another Country; Philipott and Ooi designed the Igneous wallpaper for Custhom.

Mark Gabbertas was highly commended for his William lounge chair and ottoman for Allermuir along with Lucy Kurrein for her Panel for Capdell. The winners receive £1,000 and a trophy.

‘The judges voted to award the Ori Guest Bed the Jonathan Hindle Prize as the best of the Design Guild Mark Furniture awardees, in a very strong field for 2019, as they were taken by the simplicity and versatility of the design, but were especially impressed that the holistic design process had eliminated environmental impact imposed by any of the materials – from fabrics to fixings,’ says Rodney McMahon, Design Guild Mark chairman.

‘The Igneous Collection (pictured) the Jonathan Hindle Prize as the best of the Design Guild Mark 2D awardees for 2019. The beauty of the product was an immediate standout and by bringing together intriguing processes, using recycled materials, thereby creating original and unique, non-repetitive, patterns using a handmade technique, in Britain, was very impressive.’

‘I am honoured to be recognised with both a Design Guild Mark and the Jonathan Hindle Prize. These industry recognised seals of approval give us confidence in our work and it all came as a huge surprise,’ says Aitken.

‘Having a varied panel of experts to present to and discuss our collection with really validates the Design Guild Mark and we are absolutely thrilled and honoured to receive both the Mark and the Jonathan Hindle Prize,’ says Ooi.’