Superior Surfaces – Surface Design Show 2018

Surface Design Show, held at The Business Design Centre, Islington from 6-8 February, focuses solely on interior and exterior surfaces.

For over 10 years Surface Design Show has been connecting innovative and exciting materials with an audience of architects, specifiers and designers. It is the place where industry people immerse themselves in the latest materials for the built environment, gain new insights and network with like-minded designers, architects and suppliers.

Christopher Newton, director of Surface Design Show, says: “Materials really matter to architects and designers, that’s why Surface Design Show has become such
an important source of knowledge and inspiration. It’s not just the variety of materials being displayed by our exhibitors that excite them,” he notes, “it’s also the presentations, the international Awards and the displays of the most innovative materials currently available.”

Surface Design Show 2018 brings a packed programme of events all designed to inspire and engage. Organised in association with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and New London Architecture (NLA), the opening night’s debate will highlight 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?’, Peter Murray, chairman & co-founder of NLA will chair the event which takes place from 6.30pm until 7.30pm on Tuesday 6 February.

The ever popular PechaKucha evening, hosted by Phil Coffey of Coffey Architects takes place on Wednesday 8 February at 6.30pm. An informal and fun presentation of inspirational slides, the confirmed line-up includes Hannah Corlett, David Kohn and Jessica Reynolds.

The 2018 show will focus on the theme of residential and transport sectors.

TV Presenter Naomi Cleaver will host ‘Every dream home: materiality and the democracy of ideas’, with speakers Giacomo Ribolla of Johnson Ribolla, Carl Turner from Carl Turner Architects and Meriel Scott from Precious McBane.

In line with the transport focus, Theresa Dowling editor of FX Magazine, will host ‘Trainspotting; is transport design the most challenging of all the design sectors?’ with Paul Priestman from Priestman Goode, Julian Maynard from Maynard-Design, Terry McGillicuddy from Richmond International and Mark Gutjahr of BASF Coatings.

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 Hive who forecast trends and colours.

Colour Hive, creators of Mix Magazine, will present a ‘trend cluster’ featuring surface materials and colours for spring and summer 2019; Disrupt, Drift, Hush and Worth.

Debuting 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 that make London the worlds’ design hub.

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.

On the third day of the show, 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.

In 2018 over 200 exhibitors will highlight the very best in surface design. Returning exhibitors include V4 Wood Flooring, Rimex Metals and Grestec Tiles who will be launching Graficco porcelain tiles, which take inspiration from the architectural grid style. The collection is available in a total of 29 stunning neutral and vibrant shades. Whilst new exhibitors include Bolton Textiles, Daedalian Glass and SoundSpace who design creative acoustics.