Visit the annual exhibition that showcases the latest built environment products, gain new insights and network with like-minded architects, designers and suppliers
This year's Surface Design Show, the event that showcases the best in material innovation, will be held from 6 to 8 February at London’s Business Design Centre.
The eagerly anticipated show will unveil the latest advancements in surface materials and reintroduce regular features such as the New Talent Showcase, the Stone Knowledge Hub and the Surface Design Awards.
Under the theme of 'Mindful Living' this year's show will delve into the integral role of materials and their properties in shaping multi-sensory spaces. The show will scrutinise the ongoing fusion of virtual and real worlds, probing into the implications of technological advancements and novel design approaches on the built environment. Look out for Surface Spotlight Live, a focal point where the theme takes centre stage.
Over 180 exhibitors will be showcasing their products, with sustainability a key focus. Many exhibitors will be launching new products that have specifically been designed with the environment in mind, including Studio Mafa's Erth, an innovative material similar to MDF made from cow manure and Pierreplume's Featherweight, a wall cladding of 70 per cent recycled textiles, including polyester, cotton, wool and acrylics.
Surface Design Show 24 will be the most international edition to date, welcoming over 60 companies from 17 different countries, including Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Turkey, the US, Uzbekistan, Spain and Ukraine. Surface Design Show will also be welcoming back its friends from The Italian Pavilion. The collective Italian area is devoted to the best in Italian stone with the 2023 edition featuring 21 exhibitors revealing the beauty of Italian stone.
What to look out for at Surface Design Show 2024
New Talent area Curated once again by Jennifer Castoldi, chief creative director at Trendease, this will be a must-visit section of the show with the very best in emerging creatives displaying an inspiring range of biomaterials, natural materials, textiles, furniture and wallpaper.
Stone Knowledge Hub Building on the success of the 2023 edition, and thanks to the increase in the number of Stone Federation members wanting to showcase their materials and expertise, the size of this feature has increased. The go-to place for architects and designers looking to find inspiration and information for their natural stone projects, the hub is host to some of the leading names in the UK natural stone sector.
Opening Night Debate The ever-popular feature will focus on the Mindful Living theme of the show. This can be found on the Main Stage where, over the rest of the two-and-a-half days, a range of debates, panels, trend forecasts and insights into the latest material innovations will take place.
Legends Live The series of fireside chats with experienced industry professionals returns this year hosted by Design Insider editor Alys Bryant.
Surface Design Show is also delighted to be introducing a new charity partner Furnishing Futures, which focuses on creating beautifully designed, fully furnished healing homes for women and children who have suffered domestic abuse.
Surface Design Show 2024 will be at Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London N1 0QH from 6 to 8 February 2024. Tickets are free for professionals and registration is now open at: surfacedesignshow.com/register