Surface Design Show is the ideal place to explore the up-to-date trends in surfaces for the built environment. Taking place from 7-9 February at London’s Business Design Centre, over 170 exhibitors will be showcasing the best in exterior and interior surface design giving visiting architects, designers and specifiers the chance to discover the latest surface trends for 2017/18.
Since its inception in 2005 the Show has become the destination for industry people to see, touch and explore the latest materials, gain new insights and understand how environmental considerations are impacting architecture and interior design.
The extensive programme of events, lectures and installations all provide insight into the materials, colours and designs that are set to make their mark in 2017/18. Surface Spotlight Live is Surface Design Show’s annual look at the future of materials, highlighting colours topics and surface trends for 2018.
While highlighting some of the trends for this year, colour forecaster Sally Angharad has shared what she is looking out for during Surface Design Show 2017.
“Technology and craft are both key and I will be looking for surfaces that bring a contemporary twist to traditional materials, such as wood and stone, using innovative processes. Confidence with eye-catching colour continues to grow. Abstract paint effects are appearing on floors and walls, with bright colours and metallics introduced in expressive and spontaneous ways. Above all I will be searching for those wonderfully tactile surfaces that leave a lasting memory.”
Highlighted are just a few of the trends that are emerging for this year’s Surface Design Show
The Painterly Effect, often used on Photoshop, is a new and modern design trend. Nora Flooring (Stand 240) is inspired by the art of painting and describes the floor as a canvas. Their new noraplan lona rubber covering is opening up completely new design options. AJ Wells (Stand 480) new vitreous enamel surface finishing for the office environment, is more than a touch of luxury, the exceptional durability, hygienic properties of VLAZE offers a finish that is as practical to use as it is attractive to look at. Fontanili Marble (Stand 608) creates their Painterly Effect from their wide range of materials from all over the world, on projects such as the Hilton Hotel in Shenzen. Some of Lovell Stone’s (Stand P1) environmentally friendly surfaces have the appearance of brush strokes, which provides a painterly effect, as though the stone has been painted onto the ground or wall.
Metallic surfaces continue to make an impact in 2017. This can be seen at Altfield (Stand 344) who draw inspiration from fashion creating stunning new wall covering collections; the Burnish collection replicates a frost pattern found on a jewellery storefront, which also exudes a metallic character. Innerspace (Stand 406) achieves the highly desirable industrial look; for walls, panels and furniture, by using deep autumnal tones from rusted steel to create an aged and weathered look with a sense of history. Pintark’s (Stand 414) material Transa exuberates a metallic feel by employing material diversity within a geometric composition. Rugmaker (Stand 476) have a brand new range to 2017 of metallic gold and silver rugs, the intricate weaves and patterns exude luxury.
Into the Woods
Altfield (Stand 344) new innovations’ wood grain wall coverings brings nature indoors with a sophisticated, modern aesthetic. Evan James (Stand 404) is an innovative surface design company combining traditional quality craftsmanship with new technologies to endorse customer individuality, product longevity and durability within the commercial residential sectors. V4 Wood Flooring (Stand 200) Wild Wood brings together brand new bespoke collections sourced from specialist mills from all over Europe, and has also introduced new products into V4’s already existing collections. The Panneau range now welcomes Panneau Craft, which is, reclaimed boat wood that in re-imagined delivering stunning decorative panels. Waxman Ceramics (Stand 310) combine their porcelain tiles with the unique grains and textured surface of wood; the wood effect tiles are perfect for use in bathrooms and kitchens due to their water resistant features.
Professionals can attend for free by registering via the website
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