Surface Design Show

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The renowned Surface Design Show, incorporating Light School, returned to London’s Business Design Centre last month for its biggest and best show to date.

The only show in the UK to focus on exterior and interior surfaces SDS occupied both the ground floor
and the entire gallery level for the first time, featuring over 150 exhibitors.

Over 5,600 professional visitors attended over the 2½ days, with the majority from the architecture, interior design and lighting world. The show had a fantastic atmosphere throughout, with the 5% increase in visitor numbers creating a lively buzz.

Since its inception in 2005 the show has become the destination for industry people to see and touch and explore the latest materials for the built environment. 2016 did not disappoint with visitors describing this year’s show as ‘fantastic’, ‘inspiring’ and ‘informative’.

The emphasis of this year’s show was very much on new product developments, with many exhibitors launching brand new collections.

Notable introductions included Evan James Design incorporating light into its applicate wall coverings, Float Glass Design launching a new type of glass and Pintark by LOCO Design showcasing new ‘soft’ applications in stunning material combinations.


The standard of the exhibitors at this year’s show was hugely impressive. Solomon & Wu exhibiting on the gallery level gained attention for their floor to ceiling Snow Wall Panel, whilst Scotscape Landscaping showcased its fragrant living wall, attracting visitors with both its scale and beautiful scent. LED Linear, Finsa UK, Panel Piedra and Acoustic GRG Products also created impact with their impressive stands, each of which highlighted innovative new products.

There was also a packed programme of events – over 40 presentations covered three different seminar areas;
the Main Stage, the CPD Hub and the School Room.

The Main Stage was the home of the ‘headline acts’, with topics that appealed right across the design world. The highly anticipated Surface Design Awards also took place on the main stage, with IPT Architects taking the honour of Surface Design Awards Supreme Winner for its Howe Farm project.