Liverpool Design and Technical Manager Recognised

Liverpool Design and Technical Manager Recognised as One of the 60 Most Talented Young People in the Furniture and Furnishings Industry

32-year-old Design and Technical Manager Nathan Whiffing of Liverpool is one of the winners of a prestigious UK-wide competition which celebrates the talents of 60 outstanding 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, Whiffing 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.

Having dedicated over 10 years to Redwood, Nathan started as a Junior Design Engineer immediately after university and quickly rose through the ranks. His contribution to the company extends beyond his exceptional technical skills, evidenced by a series of innovative designs that have significantly enhanced both product functionality and user well-being. Nathan's recognition is not only a personal triumph but also highlights the business's commitment to excellence in the industry.

Nathan Whiffing said: “My passion for functional design and creating products that benefit human health and wellbeing has and always will be a pleasure, so receiving such a prestigious accolade for this gives me immense pride and honour. I would like to thank my family, friends, and colleagues for their support over the past 10 years and I would like to express sincere appreciation to the judges for acknowledging my hard work and dedication to this field."

Amanda Waring, Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company, said: “Congratulations to Nathan, he stood out from the hundreds of entries we received from across the industry, ranging from woodworking 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 5 December 2023.

To find out more about the 60 for 60 campaign, visit