Returning to London’s Business Design Centre between 10-12 February 2015 Surface Design Show is the only event in the UK that focuses on interior and exterior surfaces and with an 80% increase in exhibitor uptake the breadth of new product to discover in 2015 will be astounding.
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 surface design.
Next year’s event is already proving to be a huge success. All of the ground floor and mezzanine has been filled with key exhibitors leading the organisers to extend the show to the balcony area to meet the demand for space. There will be over 120 exhibitors including Mundy Veneer specialists within the veneer industry and the exclusive UK distributors of Tabu products, CD (UK) who for over 30 years have been the sole distributors of Corian in the UK, Knauf whom specialise in limestone, lime, chalk and cement related products and Spectal a lighting company whose luminaires have received coveted international awards including iF and Reddot. Surface Design Show is also delighted to be welcoming new exhibitors to the show including RAK Ceramics the World’s largest ceramics manufacturer, Hi Con a leading European brand of high performance concrete whose properties are used to create super thin balconies and staircases, Jotun the World’s leading manufacturer of paints, coatings and powder coatings which have been used for a number of prestigious international projects including the Eiffel Tower, the Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia and the Buri Khalifa in Dubai.
Event Director Christopher Newton said:
“This year we’ve seen an 82% increase in sales which proves that Surface Design Show is getting bigger and better year on year. It’s great to see the enthusiasm of all those involved, the inspiration it provides and the creativity that comes out of the show.”
There is also a packed programme of events and entertainment including a lively and entertaining Live Debate hosted by RIBA Journal on Tuesday 10 February and the ever popular PechaKucha Evening Wednesday 11 February which provides an informal and fun presentation of inspirational slides for the onlooking architects and designers. BIM4FitOut, a special interest group to the government BIM Task Group, which represents the finishes and fit out sector will again be organising an engaging workshop at the Show. New event highlights to the Show include ‘Materials Speed Dating’ the 2015 version of Future Thinking, hosted by Materials Council which is a fun and interactive way to be rapidly introduced to new surfaces & finishes and in-turn meet your ‘perfect materials match’.
The Light Collective will be running two days of lessons in Light School. As well as featuring hands on demos with top UK lighting designers who will be taking on the role of lecturers, there will be a selection of top name exhibitors including Commercial Lighting, Wila Lighting, Anolis, LED Linear, Spectral and Concord.
Global Color Research™ will also return to the Show. Following the success of the 2014 Trend Wall, the influential consultancy and creators of colour forecasting publication MIX Magazine will work with acclaimed surface designer Giles Miller to present Colour Collaborations. The exhibit, located in and outside the Business Design Centre is designed to inspire and give insight, focusing on the vital colour trends for 2016 and their importance within design.
Part of the outstanding success of the show is the commitment to recognising excellence with the Surface Design Awards. The Awards recognise examples of progressive design and the use of innovative surfaces in projects both in the UK and Internationally. Categories cover projects in Retail, Commercial, Housing, Public Building, Light and Surfaces and Temporary Structures. Launched in 2013, the Awards have grown quickly both in stature and the number of entrants. This year, 181 projects were entered, a record number increasing by a staggering 62% with a third of entries from overseas making it the UK’s leading award scheme to identify innovation in surface design. The Awards presentation will take place on Thursday 12 February 2015 at the Business Design Centre in London on the last day of Surface Design Show.