The Surface Design Show will return to the Business Design Centre, London, from the 4-6th February, bringing an essential forum for architects and interior designers to source new, cutting-edge and inspiring interior and exterior surface solutions. The 2014 show will be the 11th edition of the event, and with rapid changes in technology and the environment the show has never been so essential to contemporary architecture and design.

Among the exhibitors – which include Ceramiche Caesar, Vicalvi, Applec and Sound Control Services – visitors will find a wide range of innovative materials. Pioneering natural stone will be exhibited alongside wood, tiles, recyclable materials, living materials, metal, paint, luminescent surfaces, the latest cladding designs, wallcoverings, flooring and ceilings. From acoustic wall solutions to high-quality printed concrete walls, the show is a source of inspiration and innovative ideas.

The event will begin on 4th February with a themed Preview Evening hosted by RIBA Journal, named Traditionalism, Modernism and the Vernacular. This will be an opportunity to debate and discuss the role of materials in architecture and the vernacular in the built environment with some of the best-known individuals in the industry. The Wednesday will see Cany Ash from London-based architecture practice, Ash Sakula, chairing a lively PechaKucha evening with a line-up of industry innovators including designer Adam Furman from Ron Arad and Mark Ridler from BDP Lighting.

The extensive and thought-provoking programme of live debates, seminars and presentations includes Light School, the show’s new focus on lighting. Presented by Sharon Stammers from Light Collective, the feature offers a series of inspirational talks and demonstrations by leading members of the lighting design community.

Future Thinking, an interactive exhibition curated by Arup, called 21st Century Fragments, will display actual fragments from Arup’s most innovative building facades. The unique look behind the facade will reveal the ideas and materials technology that drive its design processes.

Global Color Research, the company behind the Mix Trends forecast book, will return to the show with a trend wall on which samples of materials, colour palettes and inspirational images will give visitors an insight into future trend concept themes for spring/summer 2015.

The final day of the show will see the winners of the Surface Design Awards announced at a special ceremony. The awards highlight the best in progressive design and innovative surfaces, and are the only international accolades to focus exclusively on surface design.

Finally, Fringe Thinking will underpin the show with an interesting and topical programme of CPD seminars, presentations and debates from the likes of AIS, SBID and Mix Trends.