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Preview: Surface Design Show 2020

This month, Surface Design Show (SDS) celebrates 15 years of the best surfaces in interior design. Held at London’s Business Design Centre, from 11-13 February 2020, this year the show’s focus is centred around the thought-provoking topic of ‘Close to Home’, which looks beyond aesthetics and into manufacturers’ impact on the environment.

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Located at the heart of the show and a recurring highlight of the exhibition, Surface Spotlight Live features pioneering tactile materials for visitors to touch and feel, providing a hands-on experience for architects and designers. Curated in collaboration by trend and colour expert, Sally Angharad, and colour forecasters, Colour Hive, Surface Spotlight Live will present two themed installations in 2020.

‘Close to Home’ will explore the environmental and social impacts of consumption. From the making process, through to the disposal of goods, the installation will feature an array of manufacturers/designers from around the world, who explore locality and recycled materials, with a particular focus on unexpected ingredients.

The second installation, ‘Materials Edit’, is curated by trend, colour and material forecast agency, Colour Hive. The showcase is dedicated to materials inspired by its Spring/Summer 2021 design story: Factory. Featuring one-of-a-kind inspirational objects and materials, Materials Edit will celebrate process as an important part of the design but one that is all too often forgotten when work is predominantly focused on a screen.

Exhibitors showcasing in this area include sustainability-focused Aurore Piette Studio, which proposes a sustainable and local vision of design in self-sufficiency through the use of discarded sediments that today are discharged as a waste
in the ocean because of human activities; and Hannah Elizabeth Design with BioMarble, which has a unique and intriguing surface pattern but, most importantly, its main ingredient is waste paper.

Surface Design Show’s New Talent area offers attendees the chance to see the next big innovations in surface design. All of those chosen to exhibit in New Talent have been in business for five years or less, and with 36 exhibitors showcasing, compared to 16 last year, the section has more than doubled.

New Talent exhibitors include Olenka, whose luxury British wallpaper collection features natural motifs of leaves and flowers, whilst Catherine Griffiths’ work takes in bold wallpaper designs as well as fabric and cushions with inspirations as eclectic as Celtic mythology, the Renaissance period and European architecture. Atticus Durnell, the brains behind the That’s Caffeine brand, will be exhibiting his material made from recycled coffee grounds that imitates granite stone.

Renowned practices including Steven Holl Architects, Mikhail Riches, AECOM, WilkinsonEyre, Arup and Chris Dyson Architects are among those shortlisted for the 2020 Surface Design Awards, which exemplify creative use of surface materials
and lighting.

There are an impressive 39 projects across 14 categories in total, from retail and public buildings to commercial projects and housing, including new categories in public realm and affordable housing
for 2020.

Demonstrating the truly international reach of the awards, now in their sixth year, projects on the shortlist spanned 13 countries from 34 different organisations, with emerging practices represented, as well as established firms. UK-based studios led the way with 14 finalists and those from China, India and the US all having strong showings in multiple categories.

The judging panel praised both the high quality and variety of entries within the field of surfaces and materials, which made for a captivating and exciting day of judging.

Tickets are free to professional and trade visitors. You can register at www.surfacedesignshow.com/register 

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