Materials matter at Surface Design Show 2018

Materials matter at Surface Design Show 2018

Surface Design Show returns to London’s Business Design Centre, 6 – 8 February 2018, connecting innovative and exciting materials with architects and specifiers.

Surface Design Show is THE place for architects, designers and specifiers to immerse themselves in the latest materials for the built environment, gain new insights and network with industry leaders in the fields of surface design. Returning exhibitors include V4 Wood Flooring, James Latham and Grestec Tiles, who will be launching Graficco porcelain tiles, which takes inspiration from the architectural grid style. New exhibitors include Mirrl, Danzer and SoundSpace, who design creative acoustics.

Surface Design Show 2018 will once again have a packed programme of events all designed to inspire and engage. One of the events included will be the Opening Night Live Debate. Organised in association with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and New London Architecture (NLA), it will highlight the issues facing young Londoners as they seek to become homeowners, “A crisis for the next generation – is London just for the wealthy?” Peter Murray, Chairman & Co-Founder of NLA will chair the event, taking place at 6pm Tuesday 6 February. Speakers include Ben Derbyshire, President of RIBA; Louise Wyman, Head of Strategic Land at the Homes and Communities Agency; Zohra Chiheb, Project Architect at Levitt Bernstein and David Lunts, Executive Director of Housing and Land Greater London Authority.

The ever-popular PechaKucha Evening, hosted by Phil Coffey of Coffey Architects takes place on Wednesday 8 February. An informal and fun presentation of inspirational slides, the confirmed line-up includes Hannah Corlett, David Kohn, Angela Dapper and Jessica Reynolds.

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, and Colour Hive, who forecast trends and colours.

Debuted in 2017, Stone Gallery reflects the rapidly growing stone market in the UK and the important relationship between stone and surface design. Officially supported by Stone Federation GB, the first Stone Gallery attracted exhibitors from Europe and beyond all looking to link up with the international architects and designers.

Light is a vital partner to surface design, changing interior and exterior surfaces dramatically. 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 learn about the important partnership between surface and light. Exhibiting for the first time will be Pixalux showcasing its single and double sided structural light panels, which come in a variety of stunning textured finishes.

On Thursday 8 February, the Surface Design Awards will take place. The awards recognise and celebrate outstanding examples of progressive design and the use of innovative surfaces in projects both in the UK and internationally. Divided into interior and exterior categories there are 13 awards across seven different categories, each project is judged on a range of criteria including the type of surface, the use of materials and aesthetic design.

Registration is now live.

Surface Design Show
6 – 8 February 2018
Business Design Centre Islington

Jade Tilley
Jade Tilley

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