This leading industry event is for architects and designers to explore the best in surface material innovation. Surface Design Show will once again showcase the best in innovative surface design, manufacturing and development at London’s Business Design Centre from 11-13 February 2020 with a focus on the trending topic of ‘Close to Home.’
Now in its fifteenth year, the show is a must-visit for architects, designers and specifiers looking for material inspiration from the UK and around the world. As well as over 170 exhibitors, visitors can also enjoy a packed speaker programme, including the ever-popular Opening Night Debate and the lively PechaKucha evening, which will be hosted by Phil Coffey of Coffey Architects.
The ‘Close to Home’ theme will look beyond aesthetics and into manufacturers’ impact on the environment, from the processes used in mining or manufacture, through to the carbon footprint sustained during sales and distribution. Designing with a conscience will also be examined, from reusing waste materials to looking at what happens at the end of a product’s life cycle.
As well as established brands, the Surface Design Show is dedicated to promoting up-and-coming designers in the materials sector with its New Talent section. Some of the exciting exhibitors include West by Design Limitedwhich features hand painted, artisan wallpaper inspired by the rugged and breath-taking North Yorkshire countryside; and Studio Gilles Werbrouck, a high-end textile studio creating unique handmade pieces focusing on innovative ways to present knitted textiles in the interior.
Light School is akey component of the show reflecting the fact that London is the world’s capital for lighting design specification. Here leading manufacturers will demonstrate the relationship between light and surfaces, as well as showcasing the latest architectural lighting products and innovations in lighting technology.
Stone Gallery also returns for 2020 accompanied by the Stone Knowledge Hub, supported by the leading industry body Stone Federation GB, which will form a focal point for the event where architects and designers can interact with and learn more about specifying natural stone.
The winners of the prestigious Surface Design Awards will also be revealed during the three days. Renowned practices including Steven Holl Architects, Mikhail Riches, AECOM, WilkinsonEyre and Chris Dyson Architects are among those shortlisted for 2020 Surface Design Awards, which exemplify creative use of surface materials and lighting.
There are an impressive 39 projects across 14 categories in total from retail and public buildings to commercial projects and housing, including new categories in public realm and affordable housing for 2020. Demonstrating the truly international reach of the awards, now in their sixth year, projects on the shortlist spanned 13 countries from 34 different organisations with emerging practices represented, as well as established firms.
The 2020 judging panel of industry experts is Co-Chaired by Paul Priestman from PriestmanGoode and Amin Taha from Groupwork. The remaining judges are Nikki Barton, British Airways; Sean Griffiths, Modern Architect; Charles Holland, Charles Holland Architects; Glenn Johnson, Collins Aerospace; Daniel Mota Veiga, KEF / GP Acoustics and Steve Webb, Webb Yates Engineers.
Tickets are free to professional and trade visitors. Register at www.surfacedesignshow.com/register