Surface Design Show 2019: celebrating the best in new and innovative surfaces

From 5 to 7th February 2019, Surface Design Show will take place at London’s Business Design Centre to provide a platform for architects, designers and specifiers to explore the best in interior and exterior surface material design, development, innovation and manufacturing.


ver 150 exhibitors – some new, some returning – descend each year to showcase beautiful and intelligent surface materials and treatments. More than a trade fair, however, the show also features installations, talks and presentations to keep visitors both captivated and informed.


Each year, Surface Design Show introduces a focus into the event. The chosen areas of interest for 2019 are the workplace and the public realm. These two specialist areas of design will be explored from a surface-specific point of view, providing engaging insight into the best and latest products, materials and applications that impact working and public realm environments.

Surface Spotlight Live, curated in collaboration by trend expert Sally Angharad and colour forecaster Colour Hive, is a returning highlight. Their installation, ‘One of a Kind’, will aim to inspire a kinder approach to design through a series of thought-provoking and innovative products, all of which go beyond aesthetics to promote meaningful experiences.

Stone Gallery, which is officially supported by Stone Federation GB whose Stone Knowledge Hub forms a focal point for the event, will also be returning. Stone Gallery is an industry-leading event for architects and designers to meet and specify natural stone. The 2019 edition welcomes back returning exhibitors as well as new additions such as Piedra Paloma, Airemarmores and Marmi Faedo. The Stone Hub hosts a series of presentations for A&D professionals to listen and learn from the leading designers in the sector.

Light School offers Surface Design Show attendees a hands-on experience allowing architects and designers to touch, compare and learn about innovative architectural lighting and technology products. Confirmed returning exhibitors include Appelec, Optelma and Pixalux. Industry experts from Hoare Lea, Nulty+, Atelier Ten and 18 Degrees have confirmed to share their knowledge at Light Talks, the Light School’s besopke arena for learning, which is supported by the Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP).

An exciting new feature at Surface Design Show 2019 will be New Talent, curated by internationally-acclaimed speaker and forward-thinking Chief Creative Director at Trendease International, Jennifer Castoldi. New Talent will give a platform to up-and-coming designers in the surface and materials sector. Participants include experimental materials studio MUUNA; Laura Evans Designs; Yi-Han Fu, Textile Designer; Orla Lawn, decorative panelling and Tomasz Maker, woodworking and metalwork.


Opening Tuesday 5th February, the show’s programme springs into action with the Live Debate, organised in association with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and New London Architecture (NLA).

The ever-popular PechaKucha Evening will again be hosted by Phil Coffey of Coffey Architects, taking place on the main stage on Wednesday 6th February from 18.30.

Since 2013, the show has hosted the Surface Design Awards, now recognised as one of the most respected events in the design calendar. The 2019 awards received entries from across Europe, the US, Australia, China, Korea and India. The awards recognise the best and most interesting exterior and interior surfaces for different sectors of design, including commercial, housing, light and surface, public building, retail, sustainable and temporary structures. The awards presentation will take place on the morning of Thursday 7th February.

The 2019 judging panel was co-chaired by Christophe Egret, Founding Partner at Studio Egret West, and Paul Priestman, Chairman at PriestmanGoode. The full panel comprised Cany Ash, Partner at Ash Sakula Architects; James Soane, Director at Project Orange architecture & interior design; Jeremy Offer, Chief Creative Officer at future-focused vehicle designer Arrival; Katie Greenyer, Creative Talent & Network Director at Pentland Group; Paul Edwards, Head of Creative Design at Airbus and Roz Barr, Director of Roz Barr Architects.

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