At an end-of-year awards ceremony at The Cass, London Metropolitan University, Anton Mikkonen was the outright winner of The Furniture Makers’ Company's award for best new furniture design, for his Udon Stool.
Anton was presented with a cheque and certificate by Dids Macdonald, master of The Furniture Makers’ Company. He also received a free membership of Anti Copying in Design (ACID).
Anton says: “It's an honour to receive such a prestigious award from The Furniture Makers Company, a charity that truly cares about the creatives within the industry. As excited as I am about starting out as a furniture designer and maker, I'm sure it's going to throw some real challenges my way, therefore I'm extremely grateful for the added support and guidance on intellectual property (IP) issues with my ACID membership as I take this next exciting step in my career path.”
Dids Macdonald OBE, master of The Furniture Makers' Company and the CEO of ACID, adds: “Anton’s Udon Stool exemplifies simplistic yet functional design that aims to bring aestethic pleasure in something as basic as a stool using a variety of tecniques and methods in design and making. I was delighted to also offer him complimentary membership of ACID. So often, when innovative designers like Anton create something that is original and innovative they can face certain IP challenges. The team are looking forward to supportinig him to help build a proactive IP strategy to achieve growth through his designing.”
Pictured: Anton and Dids