The 2019 Surface Design Awards, which celebrate the most impressive use of materials in and on architectural projects around the world, took place yesterday morning in a ceremony hosted by design writer Aidan Walker.


The beautiful new Maggie’s Barts, London, was declared the Supreme Winner, capturing the judge’s hearts and minds. A beacon of design in the charity sector, the building by Steven Holl Architects’ was shortlisted in the Public Building Exterior category, gaining acclaim from the judges, including Christophe Egret, who stated “You really feel that a person dealing with cancer might feel elevated in this space”.

The awards are held during the Surface Design Show, which took place this week at the Business Design Centre in Islington. The show is one of a kind in the UK, dedicated entirely to providing a forum for the architecture & design community to discover the latest and best materials for interior and exterior use, incorporating some architectural lighting. The show includes a large programme of talks to help inspire and educate visitors.

“Surface Design has become one of the most compelling areas of innovation and imagination in design and architecture in the last few years. Driven by technology on one hand and the imperative for sustainability on the other, the application of new techniques and materials to cladding, walls, floors and ceilings has enlivened practice in a way unimaginable ten years ago. The Surface Design Show is perfectly positioned to express, exploit and support this rich seam of imagination and creativity. I see a great future for both the show and its Awards scheme.”Aiden Walker

For full details of the awards, including the category winners download the press release or contact [email protected].