Surface Design Show 2018, connecting architects & designers with surface innovators from across the globe

The Surface Design Show (6-8 February 2018, Business Design Centre, London) is the only event in the UK to focus solely on interior and exterior surfaces.

For more than ten years Surface Design Show has been connecting innovative and exciting materials with an audience of architects, specifiers and designers. It is the place where the industry immerses itself in the latest materials for the built environment, gain new insights and network with like-minded designers, architects and suppliers.

Returning exhibitors include James Latham, Loco Design from India, Uzin, V4 Wood Flooring, Rimex Metals and Grestec Tiles who will be launching Graficco porcelain tiles which takes inspiration from the architectural grid style. New exhibitors include Surface Styling, Bolton Textiles, Ardosia Slate and Pixalux who make structural and frameless LED Illuminated Panels.

In 2018 over 200 exhibitors will highlight the very best in surface design.

Christopher Newton, Director of Surface Design Show says:

“Materials really matter to architects and designers, that’s why Surface Design Show has become such an important source of knowledge and inspiration. It’s not just the variety of materials being displayed by our exhibitors that excite them, it’s also the presentations, the international Awards and the displays of the most innovative materials currently available”

Surface Design Show 2018 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.

Events include the Opening Night Live Debate – ‘A crisis for the next generation – is London just for the wealthy?’ in association with RIBA and NLA. Speakers include President of the RIBA Ben Derbyshire and the event is chaired by Peter Murray, Chairman of NLA.

The ever popular PechaKucha Evening will also return hosted by Phil Coffey of Coffey Architects with presenters including Hannah Corlett from Assemblage, David Kohn from David Kohn Architects, Yeoryia Manolopoulou from AY Architects, Patrick Michell from Platform 5, Jessica Reynolds from vPPR and  Amin Taha from Amin Taha Architects.

The Show will have a focus in 2018 on the Residential and Transport sectors.

TV Presenter Naomi Cleaver will host -‘Every dream home: materiality and the democracy of ideas’ with speakers Giacomo Ribolla of Johnson Ribolla, Carl Turner from Carl Turner Architects and  Meriel Scott from Precious McBane.

In line with the Transport focus, Theresa Dowling editor of FX Magazine, will host – ‘Trainspotting; is transport design the most challenging of all the design sectors?’ with Paul Priestman from Priestman Goode,  Julian Maynard from Maynard-Design, Terry McGillicuddy from Richmond International and Mark Gutjahr of BASF Coatings.

Debuting in 2017, Stone Gallery reflects the rapidly growing stone market in the UK and the important relationship between stone and surface design. Officially supported by Stone Federation GB, Stone Gallery attracts exhibitors from Europe and beyond all looking to link up with the international architects and designers that make London the world’s design hub.

Light is a vital partner to surface design, changing interior and exterior surfaces dramatically. Now in its fifth year, Light School, presented by Light Collective and supported by the Institution of Lighting Professionals, will help attendees discover the best of new lighting design and learn about the important partnership between surface and light.

The Light Talks theatre will host presentations from Arup, BDP and BuroHappold, Speirs + Major and Nulty.

On the third day of the show, Thursday 8 February, the Surface Design Awards will take place. The awards recognise and celebrate outstanding examples of progressive design and the use of innovative surfaces in projects both in the UK and internationally. Divided into interior and exterior categories there are 13 awards across 7 different categories, each project is judged on a range of criteria including the type of surface, the use of materials and aesthetic design.

Registration to attend is now live or visit for more information.