This time next week Surface Design Show will be home to over 170 exhibitors unveiling the most exciting surfaces for 2017

From 6pm on Tuesday 7 February until 5pm on Thursday 9 February, over 170 exhibitors will be showcasing 1000s of interior and exterior surfaces when Surface Design Show 2017 returns to London’s Business Design Centre. Professionals can register for free to attend via the show website, ensuring they are the first to discover the newest and most exciting surfaces for 2017.

For more than 11 years the show has become the destination for the industry to see, touch and explore the latest materials and gain new insights. Featured within the show is Light School, The Stone Gallery, The CPD Hub and Surface Spotlight Live.

Colour forecaster Sally Angharad has curated Surface Spotlight Live – a feature showcasing the most innovative materials for Education and Hospitality spaces before they hit the market. The accompanying presentation Surface Spotlight Trends: colour, texture and material directions for Hospitality & Education will take place Thursday 9 February 11.30 -12.15.

Whilst highlighting some of the trends for this year 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 and eye-catching colour continue 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.”

The Show will once again have a packed programme of events all designed to inspire and engage, including brand new ideas and firm favourites refreshed to provide the specifying audience with a unique visiting experience. Some of the events taking place are the Preview Evening Live Debate hosted by David Michon and the ever popular PechaKucha Evening – an informal and fun presentation of inspirational slides, which is hosted by Phil Coffey of Coffey Architects and includes speakers Elly Ward, Ordinary Architecture and Matthew Driscoll of Threefold Architects.

Light is a vital partner to surface design, changing interior & exterior surfaces dramatically – now in its fourth year Light School presented by The Light Collective and supported by the Institute of Lighting Professionals will return to Surface Design Show to help attendees discover the best of new lighting design and ensure that the audience leaves the show having learnt something that will change the way they see light.

In 2016 British lighting company Factorylux launched a new range of Xicato powered architectural spotlights, pendants, wall lights and lighting track. During Surface Design Show Factorylux will be hosting a series of lighting workshops where attendees make, test and certify a complete luminaire to BS EN 60598. Workshops are in #TheVan a purpose built mobile workspace which has just completed a hugely successful Trans-Europe Express Tour. The van will be situated at the entrance to the Business Design Centre and the 1 hour workshops will take place during the opening times of the event.

Visitors will also be able to experience NightShift as part of Light School. Conceived by designers Speirs + Major and realised in collaboration with lighting manufacturer Reggiani, NightShift is an immersive installation that explores how artificial light contributes to the personal experience of urban space.

The Surface Design Awards are the only awards in the UK that recognise and celebrate outstanding examples of progressive design and the use of innovative surfaces in projects both in the UK and internationally.

33 projects have been named as finalists, with 13 awards to be given out in seven different categories. 45 per cent of the projects on the 2017 shortlist are from overseas with each project being judged on a range of criteria including the type of surface, the use of materials and aesthetic design. Included among the 2017 finalists are international practices including Foster + Partners, Arup, Giles Miller Studio and BuckleyGreyYeoman. A supreme winner will be decided from all of the winning shortlisted projects highlighting which surface in the judge’s opinion is the overall winner.

All of the winners along with the Supreme Award winner will be announced at a presentation held at Surface Design Show 2017 on Thursday 9 February at the Business Design Centre, London.

Registration to attend the show is now live

For the full programme of events and seminar please visit