Sussex winners named among furniture industry’s national rising stars

The South East’s vibrant furniture and furnishings industry has been recognised in a prestigious national awards scheme celebrating the achievements of 60 of the sector’s most talented upcoming stars, with four of the UK awards’ young winners working in Sussex.
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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, the ‘60 for 60’ campaign recognises 60 of the most accomplished and promising young people in the sector. 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.

The Sussex winners, employed at furniture and furnishings firms throughout the county, were: Audrey Fasquelle, bespoke wood specialist/marquetarian at Rolls Royce Motor Cars in Hunston; Etienne Cauley, lead maker at Inglis Hall in Hailsham; Finlay Champion, cabinet maker at Edward Johnson and Jarrad Belton, furniture maker/tutor at Aidan McEvoy Fine Furniture, both in Chichester.

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Thirty-five year old Audrey Fasquelle, a bespoke wood specialist at Rolls Royce, excels in parquetry and marquetry work for these iconic cars, innovating techniques and materials. Her achievements include having crafted 12 marquetry pieces for International Women's Day 2023, inspired by the Spirit of Ecstasy and Phantom Rose, and celebrating craftswomen. She said: "It is a fulfilling career and I hope the awards will lead other young people to believe that a future in that industry is possible and worth it. Being able to share my knowledge and passion for marquetry is a great feeling and accomplishment and I'm proud to be able to do this through the 60 for 60 celebration.”

Picture shows (L to R): Amanda Waring, Master of the Furniture Makers’ Company, with some of the winnersPicture shows (L to R): Amanda Waring, Master of the Furniture Makers’ Company, with some of the winners
Picture shows (L to R): Amanda Waring, Master of the Furniture Makers’ Company, with some of the winners

Expert judges from within the industry reviewed the submissions and selected the winners who were announced at a special ‘60 for 60’ awards ceremony held in the City of London on 5 December. Amanda Waring, Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company, said: “We received hundreds of entries for ’60 for 60’, ranging from wood working to carpet and textile design, 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.

“While we have a long history of supporting the UK’s flourishing and world-renowned furniture and furnishings industry, and are celebrating 60 years since we were awarded livery status, we are very much a modern organisation and it is vital that we use our position to reward and recognise emerging talent in the sector.”

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