Dales furniture maker wins national competition

Hawes furniture maker and designer Tom Addison is one of the winners of a prestigious national competition which celebrates the talents of 60 young people working in the furniture and furnishing industry.

Launched as part of the 60th anniversary celebrations of The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and charity for the furnishing industry, Tom was named in the ‘60 for 60’ campaign which recognises 60 of the most accomplished and promising young people across the UK working in the furniture and furnishing industry.

From product designers, cabinetmakers and technical developers to logistics professionals, commercial managers and operations directors, the awards showcase a diverse range of career opportunities within the sector.

Tom has spent the past few years growing his business, Tom Addison Fine Furniture.

Since its inception, the business has thrived through exciting bespoke commissions, handcrafted in his traditional workshop in Wensleydale, Tom has expanded his reach by utilising social media, which has translated into commissions from both the UK and abroad.

As he enters his third year, Tom is determined to further enhance his reputation both within the UK and globally.

He said: “To be recognised in this way by one of the longest-established and most influential organisations in the furniture and furnishings industry is amazing.

“I am so proud to be named among the 60 ‘ones to watch’ in the sector – it’s a career I love and I’m excited that winning this award gives me the have the opportunity to connect with and learn from some of the people who have inspired me.”

Amanda Waring, master of The Furniture Makers’ Company, said: “Congratulations to Tom he stood out from the hundreds of entries we received from across the industry, ranging from wood working to carpet and textile design.

“As we celebrate 60 years since we were awarded livery status, it’s fantastic to see such bright young people emerging, showing not only the vibrancy and diversity of British talent, but also that the industry continues to offer exciting and rewarding career opportunities.

“We congratulate every one of our 60 outstanding winners and look forward to sharing our members’ mentoring skills and providing networking opportunities as they continue to develop their professional careers.”

Launched this summer, the ‘60 for 60’ campaign recognises 60 exceptional people, under 35 years of age working in any role in the furniture and furnishings sector who are exhibiting dedication to their careers and show promise as tomorrow’s leaders.

Expert judges from within the industry reviewed the submissions and selected the winners who were announced at a special awards ceremony on December 5.