The Furniture Designers Association (FDA) was established in 1995 by contemporary furniture designers and design-makers for the benefit of the industry and those who work within it.
The FDA operates in accordance with the following mission:
“To represent, develop and promote excellence in the professional practice of contemporary furniture design”
The association promotes the industry by increasing public awareness through political lobbying and advocacy.
The FDA achieves this through its involvement in designed; made – an exhibition that provides contemporary furniture designers with the opportunity to showcase their latest products.
Furthermore, contemporary furniture designers are encouraged to attend various relevant furniture design exhibitions, such as tidal zone and [show+tell] to promote their products and the contemporary furniture design industry, and to network with other contemporary furniture designers.
The association facilitates the communication between contemporary furniture designers, provides endless networking opportunities and operates as a platform for discussion and debate.
The association also aims to increase employment opportunities for contemporary furniture designers by providing educational workshops and seminars that facilitate professional development.
Individuals in the fields of furniture design, design making, lecturing and teaching and furniture retailers are all members of the association.
The FDA provides its members with the latest industry news and exhibition information in order to ensure they are well informed at all times.
Three categories of membership are available:
- Full membership – requires that individuals have a relevant design degree or submit a portfolio of work.
- Student membership – requires that individuals are currentlyenrolled in a relevant design degree.
- Associate membership – available to those with a demonstrated interest in design.