The Furniture Makers Company, the City of London livery company and charity for the furnishing industry, installed its 58th Master of the company on Tuesday night this week. The new Master is none other than Anti-Copying in Design (A©ID) CEO, Dids Macdonald OBE.
Dids has enjoyed an impressive career in the design industry, having started her own interior design business in Chelsea and a subsequent decorative accessories business named Holbein, Dids later co-founded membership organisation A©ID, a company committed to raising awareness about intellectual property within the creative industries.
The installation took place at the St Mary-le-Bow Church in London and was followed by a commemorative dinner at the Lord Mayor of London's official residence, Mansion House, one of the grandest surviving Georgian town palaces in London.
At the dinner service, Dids spoke about her aims and objectives for the year ahead of her as a Master and her plans on the launch of a new campaign: 'One Step at a Time', a project aimed at raising awareness of the Company's welfare support provisions to industry workers so that individuals know where to come in times of need.
Dids, who is now only the Company's second female Master, also commented on how she aims to encourage more women to join the ranks as freemen.
Marc Fish was also celebrated during the evening and presented the Christopher Claxton Stevens Prize for his Vortex Table and Sir Terence Conran was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the design industry.
McDaniel & Co wish Dids every success in her new role as Master of the Furniture Makers Company.
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