This February sees the return of Surface Design Show (6th- 8th February, 2018) to London’s Business Design Centre, the only show in the UK dedicated to the latest materials for the built environment, connecting innovative and exciting surfaces with an audience of architects, specifiers and designers. 

Surface Design Show offers industry professionals an opportunity to immerse themselves in state-of-the-art materials, gain new insights and network with like-minded designers, architects and suppliers. Explore cutting-edge innovations in wood, stone, textiles and a plethora of other interior and exterior resources.

Returning exhibitors include James Latham and Concreate and Grestec Tiles, who will be launching Graficco porcelain tiles, a collection inspired by the architectural grid style and available in a total of 29 stunning neutral and vibrant shades. Bolton Textiles, Daedalian Glass and SoundSpace are a few notable exhibitors being featured for the first time this year.

Now in its fifth year, Light School, presented by Light Collective and supported by the Institution of Lighting Professionals, will help attendees discover the best of new lighting design and its dramatic effect on surfaces. Co-located industry-leading event Stone Gallery reflects the rapidly growing stone market in the UK, underscoring fundamental relationships between stone and surface design.

Surface Design Show 2018 will once again have a packed programme of events, all designed to inspire and engage. A particularly thought provoking part of the show is the Opening Night Debate. Organised in association with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and New London Architecture (NLA), it highlights the issues facing young Londoners as they seek to become home owners. RIBA President Ben Derbyshire will lead a panel of experts debating the topic “A crisis for the next generation – is London just for the wealthy?”

Over the course of the three days, an array of presentations are set to appear on the main stage. Among speakers are award winning interior architect and founder of DOM stay and live, Marta Nowicka and Trend consultant and design writer, Sally Angharad.

On Wed 8th Feb at 6.30pm is the popular PechaKucha Evening, hosted by Phil Coffey of Coffey Architects who will deliver an informal and fun presentation of inspirational slides. The confirmed line-up includes Hannah Corlett, David Kohn and Jessica Reynolds.

Located in the centre of the show, Surface Spotlight Live, which debuted in 2016, is an exciting opportunity for architects and designers to discover the newest and best materials in the industry. The 2018 display will be collectively curated by trend expert Sally Angharad, Treniq, an international interiors network and colour and trend forcasters, Colour Hive.

The Surface Design Awards occur on the final day of the show, recognising and celebrating outstanding examples of progressive design and the use of innovative surfaces in projects, both in the UK and internationally. Divided into interior and exterior classifications, there are 13 awards across 7 different categories, with each project being judged on a range of criteria including type of surface, use of materials and overall aesthetic design.



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