Forward thinking and full of innovation, Surface Design Show 2017 is packed with presentations, seminars and features designed to educate and entertain

Surface Design Show at London’s Business Design Centre 7-9 February 2017, is the only event in the UK that focuses solely on interior and exterior surfaces. Not only are there thousands of new surfaces to discover but a full programme of events throughout the show ensures that the audience of architects, designers and specifiers is both educated and inspired in equal measure.

Attendees have the opportunity to choose from three stages during Surface Design Show, they are the Main Stage, the CPD Hub and Light Talks. The Main Stage is home to the headline acts and will host 12 keynote presentations. Light Talks will host a stellar line-up and more often than not the audience is spilling out the door! The CPD Hub gives our professional audience the chance to update and gain points at the latest CPD approved seminars, before transforming into The Stone Hub on the final day to dive deep into the stone industry.

Highlighted below are just a few of the seminars taking place over the 2½ day show.

The Main Stage

Sponsored by Richetti Group and designed by Anne Kyro Quinn The Main stage is home to The Preview Evening, sponsored by Oikos (Stand 628), which will kick off the Show on Tuesday 7 February 18.00-21.00. The highlight of the evening will be the Live Debate; with this year’s speakers debating the subject ‘Good Design is Narrative Design’. David Michon former editor of Icon Magazine, and former managing editor of Monocle Magazine will chair this year’s debate.

David Michon says:

“Good Design has a story to tell, and thoughtful use of materials brings depth to form, function and aesthetic. We’ll meet designers and architects who build narratives with their work.”

Other speakers include Julian de Metz founding director of dMFK, ceramicist Matthew Raw and Morag Myerscough from Studio Myerscough and founding member of Studio Manifold in Hoxton Matthew Raw.

Also on the Main Stage on Wednesday 8 February at 11.30am Ffion Francis from Houzz UK will present a Surface Trend Forecast from the Houzz Community. Following on at 12.30pm is a presentation on Future Trends in Hospitality Design speakers include Erik Weber, International Project Manager of Rosskopf + Partner and Jason Cox, Head of Sales and Specification at Isomi.

The continuously popular PechaKucha Evening will be chaired this year by Phil Coffey of Coffey Architects on Wednesday 8 February 18.30-21.00. The exciting and inspiring evening consists of a presentation format in which architects and interior designers show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. Speakers include Chris Dyson from Dyson Architects, Elly Ward from Ordinary Architecture and Henning Stummel from Henning Stummel Architects.

The long awaited Surface Design Award winners will be announced on Thursday 9 February at 13.00. The Keynote address will be given by Amira Idris–Town and Lee Town of IPT Architects who were the winners of the 2016 Supreme Award with their project Howe Farm. Afterwards Mick Jordan, Editor of Mix Interiors, will be getting the inside scoop interviewing this year’s supreme winner on the Main Stage.

Colour forecaster Sally Angharad will be curating Surface Spotlight Live a feature showcasing the most innovative materials for Education & 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.


A forum for learning and professional development, there will be 10 varied sessions at the CPD Hub covering all aspects of the surfaces sector. Seminars will include Stone Me! hosted by Stone Consultants, New 2018 Trends and Collections for the Imaginative Mind hosted by Gerflor and Living Walls for Healthy Interiors hosted by Scotscape.

The Stone Hub

Running all day on Thursday 9 February, The Stone Hub has an inspirational and educational programme curated by Joe Simpson, Editor of Tile & Stone Journal. A line up of stone experts will share their technical expertise on stone, making The Stone Hub the perfect complement to SDS17’s Stone Gallery.

Light Talks

Light Talks, part of this year’s Light School is designed to explore the latest trends and help further the understanding of the relationship between surface and light. Presented by Light Collective, Light Talks will have lessons and hands-on demos over the 2½ days with top UK lighting designers including Light Bureau, Nulty + and Firefly Lighting Design taking on the role of lecturers. Highlights will include a seminar from Benz Rooz of Spiers and Major on How Light Paints surfaces at 5,15pm on Wednesday 8th February and Human Centric Lighting: The myths and the reality by Mark Ridler of BDP at 2.15pm on Thursday 9th February.

For the full programme of events and seminars please visit

Professionals can attend for free by registering via the website