Countdown to Surface Design Show has begun

Surface Design Show, the home of innovative surfaces for architects and interior designers returns to the Business Design Centre, London between 4 and 6 February 2014. The show kicks off with a themed Preview Evening hosted by architect and radio and television broadcaster Maxwell Hutchinson on Traditionalism, Modernism and the Vernacular. The fun and informative evening will be an opportunity to debate and discuss the role of materials in architecture and the vernacular in the built environment with a panel of leading professionals including Robert Sakula, George Saumarez Smith and Pernilla Ohrstedt.

Be the first to walk through Arup’s interactive exhibition, 21st Century Fragments, showcasing actual fragments of their most innovative building facades. See experiments, samples and one-to-one mock ups featuring the innovative use of materials such as ceramic, glass, metal, timber and brick alongside newer materials such as advanced composites. The unique look ‘behind the façade’ will reveal the thinking and materials technology that drive their design.

Wednesday 5th February sees Cany Ash, of Ash Sakula, chairing a lively PechaKucha evening with a line-up of industry innovators including designer Adam Furman of Ron Arad and Mark Ridler of BDP Lighting.

The extensive and thought provoking programme of live debates, seminars and presentations features Light School the show’s new focus on lighting. Presented by Sharon Stammers and Martin Lupton of Light Collective, Light School is a series of inspirational talks and demonstrations by leading members of the lighting design community which will change the way you see light!

Global Color Research, the company behind Mix Trends forecast book returns to the Show with a trend wall where samples of materials, colour palettes and inspirational images will give you an insight into future trend concept themes for Spring/Summer 2015.

On the final day of the show, Sarah Featherstone, Architect and Director of the award winning practice, Featherstone Young, will be giving the keynote address at the Surface Design Awards Presentation where the 2014 winners will be revealed. The Awards are the best in progressive design and innovative surfaces and are the only international awards to focus exclusively on surface design.

Finally, Fringe Thinking underpins the Show with an interesting and topical programme of CPD seminars, presentations and debates from the likes of AIS, SBID and Mix Trends.