It’s all about the surface in 2017

The Surface Design Show – claimed to be the only UK event focusing solely on interior and exterior surfaces – returns to London on 7 – 9 February.

From hand-carved stone to the latest technological advances in architectural lighting, designers and architects will be able to see over 170 exhibitors showcasing the best in surface design at the Business Design Centre in February.

Key exhibitors include wood flooring specialists Osmo with bespoke European oak wood flooring, Grestec Tile showcasing ceramic tile ranges and textile surfaces manufacturer Rug-Maker showing a new award-winning flat weave Indian rug.

Packed programme

The Surface Design Show 2017 will once again be packed with events designed to inspire and engage, with new ideas added to firm favourites providing the specifier audience with a “unique visiting experience.”

Event highlights include the Preview Evening Live Debate and the ever popular PechaKucha Evening – an informal and fun presentation of inspirational slides hosted by Phil Coffey of Coffey Architects, and featuring Chris Dyson of Chris Dyson Architects and Threefold Architects’ Matthew Driscoll.

Architects and designers will be able to see advanced materials in Surface Spotlight Live, an event that debuted last year. Its 2017 edition will focus on Hospitality and Education with trend and colour expert Sally Angharad curating.

Stone Gallery returns

First seen at last year’s show, 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 2017 has attracted exhibitors from Europe and beyond, looking to link up architects and designers at the event.

Exhibitors include Skarlis Marble, Building Adhesives, Marmoles Serrat, Consorio Pimar, Fontanili Marble UK – launching a book-match floor – and ZClad showing a range of stylish natural stone products plus a modular cladding system for creating a seamless veneer finish. UK exhibitors include Lovell Stone, a family-run business delivering high-quality British stone products with a bespoke service.

Light is a vital partner to surface design, changing interior and exterior surfaces dramatically – the Light School presented by The Light Collective and supported by the Institute of Lighting Professionals will help attendees take away learnings on new lighting design. It includes Light Talks from a range of experts in the field, and Product School offering a “comprehensive review of lighting innovation and technology.”

The Product School will include technologies such as dichroic materials which appear to change colour depending on the viewing angle, and LED hybrid technology to offer lower energy use with greater light production. In addition Factorylux will be hosting a series of lighting workshops where attendees make, test and certify a complete luminaire to BS EN 60598.

Surface Design Awards

The Surface Design Awards are taking place on the third day of the show, Thursday 9 February. The 13 awards recognise “progressive design and the use of innovative surfaces” in projects both in the UK and internationally. They span seven categories including interior and exterior surfaces, and each project is judged on a range of criteria. Last year, IPT Architects was Supreme Winner for Howe Farm.

Visitor registration for the Surface Design Show is now live at