Sheridan Coakley (left) & Sebastian Conran, London 2012
Judging the furniture Design Guild Mark.
I am roped in to do a lot of judging, but although it is time consuming, it always well-worth it, because, firstly, you are putting something back into the design community, and secondly you learn so much about designers and their product.
I have been on the furniture Design Guild Mark judging committee for several years, have shared duties with many design luminaries including Sebastian Conran, who runs his own successful design practice, and Sheridan Coakley, who founded and runs the popular design shop SCP, with branches now in EC2 and W2.
Judging should not be undertaken lightly, and there is considerable effort involved – but we usually manage to have a good laugh along the way.