Last week over 170 exhibitors showcased the very best in Surface Design at the much anticipated 2017 Surface Design Show

Visitors came in force to discover the best in surface design as the Surface Design Show returned to London’s Business Design Centre (7-9 February) for one of its best shows to date. Occupying both the ground floor and the entire gallery level and featuring over 170 exhibitors it’s the only event in the UK to focus on exterior and interior surfaces.

Thousands of professional visitors attended over the 2½ days and were not only able to discover the newest products and the latest trend in surface design but were also to attend seminars and talks from leading experts within the industry. Visitors came from across the architecture and interior design world, including practices such as Ron Arad Architects, Zaha Hadid Architects and AD Associates, as well as project managers from brands such as B&Q, Clarins, the Natural History Museum and Next. The accompanying Light School also saw a wide range of senior professionals from across the lighting industry attend.

Jade Tilley, editor of Interior Design Today commented:

“The Surface Design Show was on top form this year, delivering a packed show with a great energy emitting around the Business Design Centre. A highlight for me was sitting in on the Surface Design Awards, where architects and designers gathered to celebrate the best of the best in surface design and application for projects around the world. The showrooms were buzzing with people and it’s no wonder as every exhibitor had outdone themselves to present the latest surface solutions and innovations to take the sector into 2017 and beyond.”

Since its inception in 2005 the show has become the destination for the industry to see, touch and explore the latest materials for the built environment. 2017 reinforced the shows reputation as one of the most important design events in the UK; with visitors describing the show as ‘exciting’, ‘a fountain of knowledge’ and ‘dynamic’.

The Main Stage was the home of the headline acts with topics that appealed across the design world. The stage this year was designed by Anne Kyyro Quinn and created a stunning platform for amongst others, talks from Houzz, colour and trend expert Sally Angharad, and the Live Debate hosted by David Michon. The ever popular PechaKucha Evening was a highlight of the event programme and saw record numbers attending with a dynamic set of panellists being hosted by Phil Coffey.

David Michon said of the Live Debate:

“It is good to see a trade show whose talks series really push the boundaries in terms of its core theme. SDS is unafraid to venture into territory that makes you think, with speakers that range from media to artists to CEOs.” 

The Light School presented by the Light Collective and supported by the Institute of lighting professionals completed its fourth year at Surface Design Show. As well as discovering the best in new lighting design visitors were able to experience NightShift. Conceived by designers Speirs + Major and realised in collaboration with lighting manufacturer Reggiani, NightShift was an immersive installation that explored how artificial light contributes to the personal experience of urban space.

Factorylux hosted a series of lighting workshops where attendees could make, test and certify a complete luminaire to BS EN 60598. The fully booked workshops were held in #TheVan a purpose built mobile workspace which had a fantastic buzz and energy.

Founder Stanley Wilson said:

“Nearly 100 designers spent over an hour each on board the Factorylux Van, a few hundred more interacted with us on the walkway outside – a lot of fun and brilliant value for money.”

On Thursday 9 February, The Broad designed by Arup, Dillier Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler was declared the Supreme Winner of the 2017 Surface Design Awards. The Surface Design Awards which recognise examples of progressive design and the use of innovative surfaces in the projects both in the UK and internationally announced 13 winners which spanned across 7 different countries.

Mick Jordan editor of Mix Interiors hosted the awards and commented:

‘It was a real pleasure to host this year’s Surface Design Awards and I was genuinely impressed by the extremely high standard of the shortlisted and winning projects – not to mention the extremely knowledgeable and courteous audience.’

With 2017 being one of the most successful shows to date we can’t wait for next year and can now begin the countdown to Surface Design Show 2018, taking place 6-8 February 2018.

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