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Sense of Place will be the event’s theme as the Surface Design Show returns to Islington

Surface Design Show, the leading event for architects and designers to explore the best in surface material innovation, is back at the Business Design Centre in London from 8th to 10th February 2022.

At the Surface Design Show 2022, the  design industry will once again be able to meet in person, be updated on the latest surface materials and designs, be enthused by its unique content, and be educated by the wealth of talented speakers.

With over 120 exhibitors, including 35 new talents, the UK’s leading event for architects and designers is set to make up for lost time and is back with some much-loved areas, as well as some new ones for visitors to explore.

Many of the exhibitors will bring to the show a range of new product launches, inspired by the show’s Sense of Place theme.

Typical is Smile Plastics who are introducing its coral dapple collection which is a 100% recycled and recyclable material made from would be waste, such as discarded chopping boards, cosmetic bottles, and yoghurt pots.

Armourcoat will launch a new clay lime plaster called Clime.  Naturally sustainable, Clime plasters achieve beautiful matt stone surfaces, while minimising environmental impact.  Made from natural minerals with low embodied carbon, Clime plasters contain no cement or VOCs and are available in a wide range of natural colours.

Amongst the many flooring companies exhibiting are Maria Gasparian Studios, Arturo, The Colour Flooring Company, and Cora Wood Experience.

Harlequin decorative bricks by Maria Gasparian Studio allows for various designs as the contrasting colours, and glazed and unglazed textured surfaces, creates gorgeous patterns.

Arturo is a seamless, bespoke, and extremely durable floor offered in a choice of  hundreds of RAL colours that is perfect for areas with high footfall.

Corka by The Colour Flooring Company is an award-winning take on a traditional flooring favourite.  Innovative 100% cork flooring planks with a click system for easy laying, this climate-positive material actually removes more carbon from the atmosphere than is used in its manufacture.

Forever 1919 by Cora Wood Experience is a beautiful wood flooring design, the timeless beauty of wood celebrates nature with the uneven colours and weathered knots telling the history of the material.
Surface Matter will be displaying its sweet material pop up shop stand. The stand is inspired by Surface Matter’s material studio in London Fields which is described by architects and designers as a ‘sweet shop for materials’.

The Main Stage features
Hosting debates, panels, trend forecasts and insights into the latest surface design innovations, the Main Stage is at the heart of the Show.  There will be 16 presentations on the Main Stage during the 2 ½ days of the Show. The Opening Night debate highlights a younger generation of architects and designers and is entitled Climate Change and Future Proofing. New to Surface Design Show is a series of Legends Live interviews where an industry personality meets and chats with their ‘legend’.

Colour and material forecasts are always popular at Surface Design Show and Hannah Malein, Creative Director at Colour Hive, will be sharing her forecasts for Spring/Summer 2023.

Highlighting again at Surface Design Show will be Light School and its content partner, Light Talks, together they are the home of architectural lighting. Surfaces and lighting are natural friends, and for architectural lighting suppliers this is the opportunity to influence architects and interior designers in the role lighting can play in their future projects.

Stone Gallery surprises
Visitors will also be able to enjoy the Stone Gallery, which in partnership with Stone Federation GB, brings to Surface Design Show an exclusive preview of natural stone.

The Stone Tapestry, curated by Squire & Partners, is a bespoke installation piece exploring innovative textures, light, colour and pattern to create a tapestry of inspiring materials from around the world.
Italy’s Confindustria Marmomacchine will, for the first time, be bringing a pavilion of 10 natural stone companies to exhibit in Stone Gallery.

One of the highly anticipated and unique parts of the show is the New Talent section. Supporting new talent is a key focus for Surface Design Show.   This year over 30 participants, will display a range of sophisticated and innovative designs, from textile designs featuring augmented reality to 3d tiles of eco resin and waste materials.

Surface Spotlight Live
Each year visitors also look forward to Surface Spotlight Live, a focal point of inspiration for designers to touch and compare the very latest material prototypes. Sustainability is the key for SSL as developers look to bring to market an extraordinary range of materials.

Surface Spotlight Live will highlight the Show’s ‘Sense of Place’ theme and will be curated again by trend and colour expert Sally Angharad and held in Partnership with CD (UK).

2022 will be the 10th anniversary of the Surface Design Awards which is therefore fitting that it received a record number of entries.

The Awards were created to highlight the importance of surface design and surface materials in the design of buildings and to acknowledge excellence. The judges have selected 48 finalists from 9 different countries and on the last day of Surface Design Show the winners will be announced at a breakfast ceremony.

All the finalists, including the new Architectural Photography Award, will be featured on a display stand with Surface Design Show.
Registration to attend the show is now open

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