A bit of us – on the surface

Above: Freund


For more than 10 years, Surface Design Show has been the place where industry professionals immerse themselves in the latest materials for the built environment, gain new insights and network with like-minded designers, architects and suppliers.

Surface Design Show 2019, which runs from 5th-7th February, will host over 150 exhibitors, highlighting the very best in exterior and interior surface design. Taking place at Islington’s Business Design Centre, the show will provide a platform to explore interior and exterior surface materials, lighting design, development and innovation. Visitors will uncover thousands of new materials, from the latest technological advances in building materials to innovative workplace surfaces and everything in between.

Each year the show provides a focus on particular areas of design, helping to highlight the materials that most benefit these environments. This year, especially interesting for us, the focus will be on the Workplace and Public Realm, both of which have a great impact on our daily lives. of course. Workplace design not only enhances the aesthetics of our workspaces but also the productivity, health and wellbeing of employees. Surface designs, including acoustic, flooring and lighting, are all vital to the design of a well thought-out workplace.


Exhibitors highlighting the latest in surface advances for the workplace will include Freund, who will be bringing nature inside. Experience moss, barks and many more materials for a biophilic interior design of modern workspaces. Products include individual moss walls, such as Evergreen Moss Premium, which highlight spaces and do not require any light, watering or feeding.

SIBU DESIGN is a leading manufacturer of high-quality, synthetic design panels that have been specially developed for interior, furniture, architectural and display design purposes. Design meets function in the SIBU I BOARD COLLECTION, which makes fashionable SIBU DESIGN patterns available on ready-pressed MDF boards, perfect for the workplace.

Armourcoat is the market-leading manufacturer and specialist contractor of decorative surface finishes. Armourcoat’s Acoustic Plaster System is designed to optimise the acoustics of interior spaces, as the correct control of sound can create a calmer and more pleasant environment, which is of huge importance in the workplace.

ArmourcoatAbove: Armourcoat

This year’s Surface Design Show also features nearly 40 talks from over 50 industry professionals, with a number of them focusing on design within the workplace. These include ‘The Office of the Future: Virtual or Virtuous’, which takes place on Wednesday 6th February from 11:45am – 12:30pm on the Main Stage. This session will see Studio TILT’s Oliver Marlow meeting architectural correspondent Veronica Simpson to discuss how the configurations of interiors can assist a more fluid, creative and effective way of operating.

The Light Talks theatre will host Benz Roos on Wednesday 6th February, 3:00 – 3:45pm, where he will discuss ‘Lighting for the Workplace in 2050’. The talk will explore illumination requirements for the future as, in 2050, people might well be working in virtual reality environments and will therefore need different illumination.

Phil Copland and Martina Alagna, lighting designers from Nulty+, will be taking ‘A Moonlight Walk in the Workplace’ from 2:00 – 2:45pm at part of Light Talks on Thursday 7th February.

Expensify-officeAbove: Expensify Office by ZGF Architects

From 11:45am – 12:30pm on Thursday 7th February, our old mate Oliver Heath will be presenting ‘The Science and Style of Biophilic Design; improving the human connection with nature; improving spaces for people, productivity and the planet’ on the Main Stage.

The Opening Night Debate returns from 6:30pm on the first day of the Show, Tuesday 5th February. Organised in association with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and New London Architecture (NLA), the debate will explore ‘Factory-made Housing: is this the solution to building better homes long term?’ The panel will be chaired by Peter Murray of NLA, with speakers Ben Derbyshire of HTA Design and RIBA President, Carl Vann of Pollard Thomas Edwards and Hazel Rounding of ShedKM.

The ever-popular PechaKucha Evening, hosted by Chris Dyson of Chris Dyson Architects, will take place on 6th February from 6:30pm. Presenters will discuss ‘Identities and Boundaries: site specific responses to modern architecture’ in an exciting and inspiring format using 20 images, each discussed for 20 seconds.

The VeilAbove: The Veil by Giles Miller Studio & Orms

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 USA, Australia, China, Korea and India. The shortlist consists of an impressive 43 projects across seven categories. Finalists include the Expensify Office by ZGF Architects and Pure + FreeForm. The unique office space was designed to reflect Expensify’s company signature ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ work setting. Also shortlisted is The Veil by Giles Miller Studio & Orms, a 17 metre solid brass sculpture suspended across a London reception.

The awards presentation will take place on the morning of Thursday 7th February. Tickets to the presentation are available via the Surface Design Show website.

Registration for Surface Design Show is now open. Go to www.surfacedesignshow.com