Putting humanity and the planet’s wellbeing at the heart of all decision making is the sentiment behind the theme ‘Sense of Place’ announced today by the organisers of next year’s Surface Design Show (8-10 February 2022 at the Business Design Centre, London)

“Emerging out of the global disruption of the past two years we are excited to be able to celebrate Bringing Everyone Back Together at one of the first design led events to be returning to the UK”, said Christopher Newton, Director of Surface Design Show

On the path to recovery, a meaningful set of values is guiding everyone, as changing expectations and greater respect for our surroundings inspire projects built from a genuine desire to do better.

Surface Design Show 2022 embraces a Sense of Place, to welcome new exchanges and celebrate a feeling of belonging and for a better future for all.

Highlighting how humanity and the earth are deeply interconnected, 2022 and beyond marks a significant shift in perspective, with a more considered approach to every aspect of people’s lives. Ecological factors are the driving force behind design and with material properties.

“We are living through exciting and radical changes when it comes to the meaning and impact of every single ‘thing’ on this earth.” commented trend expert Sally Angharad, who will be curating the Surface Spotlight Live feature at next year’s Surface Design Show. “From helping us on the journey to a world without post-consumer waste to developing viable alternatives using biomaterials: designers and manufactures are working hard and turning a crisis into an opportunity.”

Surface Spotlight Live 2022 will present a selection of surfaces, finishes and materials that celebrate the power of creative thinking, showing how ethical innovation is providing positive design solutions.