The Surface Design Show is set to take place at the Business Design Centre, London, from 9 – 11th February. SDS16 is set to feature over 150 national and international exhibitors, many of which will unveil new surfaces designed specifically for the design and construction industries.

Since its inception in 2005, the show has become the destination for industry people to see, touch and explore the latest materials for the built environment, gain new insights and network with like-minded designers, architects and suppliers. Surface Design Show is the only UK trade show purely focusing on surfaces where visitors are able to find the newest innovations and trends in Surface Design all under one roof.

New for 2016 is the Stone Gallery, which will highlight the very best of natural stone available on the UK market. Exhibitors will include Oxford Granites, Mathios Refractories, Marmoles Serrat, Amarestone and Building Adhesives.

Also new at the show is Blanka from Rockfon (stand 154) – the “whitest ceiling tile ever.” Blanka was developed to take suspended ceilings to the next level. To achieve a ‘whiter than white’ finish, a specialist coating sourced from the US space industry was applied to a high performance stone wool core creating a significantly whiter finish. The versatility of the tile also includes qualities such as; easy installation, long life span, anti-static and outstanding light reflection and diffusion properties making it a suitable product for many applications.

Also exhibiting will be Heliot & Co, a new brand inspired by the directors’ business trip to Japan. This fresh and playful surface design company offers decorative finishes for the interior design industry. The latest addition to its range is Tokyo, a ceramic triangular tile that uses its angular formations to create texture and geometric patterns. The surface-based artwork boasts tactile aesthetics that are unique and modern for contemporary spaces.

New for 2016 from Grestec Tiles is Glide, a porcelain wall tile inspired by the aesthetics and touch of glass. Glide introduces a colour palette based on warm elegant shades of neutral and intense colours with bold and sought-after hues. Glide allows for contemporary and unique design schemes for commercial interiors for a fresh and innovative look.

Another key aspect of the show will be Light School – an area designed to inspire visitors about the latest in lighting design and lighting products. This section of the show is divided into three parts – The School Room, which will have more than two days of lessons from leading members of the lighting design community; Product School, which provides architects and designers with a comprehensive review of lighting innovation and interesting technology, and School Newspaper, a free newspaper containing articles on lighting design to help ‘students’ remember what they have learnt in the School Room and from the Friends of Light School.