Nominated by the Chartered Society of Designers
In his own words, John Makepeace has set out to extend the boundaries of function, structure and expression beyond what is ordinarily associated with furniture.
His design and manufacturing represent a meeting of classic and modern, embodying workmanship of the highest standard and championing sustainability. Each piece of furniture, standing alone or as part of a collection, is original and quintessentially English.
From the early 1960s he has helped to raise the profile of British furniture making and design beyond the role of reproducing traditional forms, creating a market for original design and craftsmanship.
His contribution to design education is also notable – in 1976 he set up his own college of furniture design and manufacture and has been sharing his design philosophy, production expertise and business insight with students ever since.
John Makepeace has made an outstanding contribution to design for business and societyChartered Society of Designers