The Furniture Awards 2016

Posted in UK on Wednesday, 21 October 2015. Print
The second edition of The Furniture Awards, organised by Furniture News in association with the UK’s key interiors exhibition, the January Furniture Show, is fast approaching.
The Furniture Awards 2016

The awards scheme sets out to identify and reward the best new products launched at the exhibition, which will next take place at the Birmingham NEC from 24-27th January 2016.

Following its debut, The Furniture Awards are growing in stature to include on-site winner announcements, increased display coverage at and around the event, and a special stand display of the shortlisted entries.

These improvements are possible in part thanks to the sponsorship of bed specialist Dreams, a leading UK bed retailer.

“Dreams is delighted to be sponsoring the second year of The Furniture Awards,” comments Dreams’ marketing and ecommerce director, Lisa Bond. “We recognise the importance of supporting the industry in which we operate, and believe these industry awards provide the perfect opportunity for manufacturers to showcase the best of new innovation.”

The format of the awards remains the same, recognising winners – and runners-up, if appropriate – across three pricing tiers. Last year’s winners were: Bentley Designs’ City dining and occasional range in the Value Category (with Time Living’s Naxos fabric bed frame a runner-up); Gallery Direct’s Dexter side table and accompanying range in the Mid-level Category; and Henderson Russell’s Sloane sofa in the Upper-level Category (Tetrad’s Nucleus chair a runner-up).

“The Furniture Awards got off to a great start back in January this year,” says Furniture News’ editor Paul Farley, the co-ordinator of the awards and chair of the judging panel, “and there’s been so much great feedback and support off the back of the debut that we’re able to take the programme forward significantly at the 2016 event.”

The judging panel for the 2016 edition has been assembled, and comprises retail and design experts working at every level of the industry: Maxim Romain, general manager for e-commerce behemoth Wayfair Europe, responsible for Wayfair’s European growth and an expert in supply chain management and logistics; Visual merchandising consultant Andrew Durham, an expert in the creation of retail theatre who lists Arighi Bianchi, Fishpools and Caseys amongst his current clients; ACID CEO and co-founder Dids Macdonald OBE, a champion for design rights, vice-chair of the Alliance for Intellectual Property and assistant to the Court of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers; and Malcolm Walker, director of buying for the trading board of the UK’s largest privately-owned furniture chain, Furniture Village.

“The Furniture Awards may be in their infancy, but are already an integral part of the January Furniture Show,” comments show director Theresa Raymond. “They provide a credible celebration of inspiring design, aimed at all levels of the furniture market, and our hope is that they become the most esteemed accolade in the furniture industry.”

The awards are open to companies exhibiting at the 2016 January Furniture Show. Find out more about the awards here.


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