From 6 – 8 February 2018 Surface Design Show returns to London’s Business Design Centre, showcasing the newest and best surfaces that the design industry has to offer. Connecting innovative and exciting materials with an audience of architects, specifiers and designers, Surface Design Show is the only event in the UK that focuses solely on interior and exterior surfaces.

For more than ten years Surface Design Show has been 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.

From exquisite hand crafted surfaces to the latest technological advances in architectural lighting, in 2017 over 170 exhibitors highlighted the very best in surface design.

Surface Design Show 2018 will once again have a packed programme of events all designed to inspire and engage including brand new ideas and firm favourites refreshed to provide the specifying audience with a unique visiting experience. Some of the events that will be included will be the Opening Night Live Debate and the ever popular PechaKucha Evening – an informal and fun presentation of inspirational slides.


Surface Spotlight Live, which debuted in 2016, is an exciting opportunity for architects and designers to see the best of advanced materials in two highlighted industry sectors; 2018 will focus on Residential and Transport. Trend and colour expert Sally Angharad will curate the area presenting materials that make a significant contribution to both areas.

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.

In 2017 visitors were able to step onboard Factorylux’s #TheVan to make, test and certify a luminaire to BS EN 60598 and to experience Reggiani’s immersive installation ‘NightShift’, exploring how artificial light contributes to the personal experience of urban space. Light School ensures that the audience leaves the show having learnt something that will change the way they see 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 7 different categories, each project is judged on a range of criteria including the type of surface, the use of materials and aesthetic design.

Registration to attend the show will be live in November.

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