Between 7-9th February, over 170 exhibitors will be showcasing thousands of interior and exterior surfaces when Surface Design Show 2017 returns to London’s Business Design Centre. 

For more than 11 years Surface Design Show has become the destination for the industry to see, touch and explore the latest materials and gain new insights. 

The Show will once again have a packed programme of events all designed to inspire and engage, including brand new ideas and firm favourites refreshed to provide the specifying audience with a unique visiting experience.

Some of the events taking place are the Preview Evening Live Debate hosted by David Michon and the ever popular PechaKucha Evening – an informal and fun presentation of inspirational slides, which is hosted by Phil Coffey of Coffey Architects and includes speakers Elly Ward, Ordinary Architecture and Matthew Driscoll of Threefold Architects. 

In addition, colour forecaster, Sally Angharad, has curated Surface Spotlight Live – a feature showcasing the most innovative materials for Education and Hospitality spaces before they hit the market. The accompanying presentation, Surface Spotlight Trends: colour, texture and material directions for Hospitality & Education, will take place Thursday 9th February between 11.30 -12.15. 

Light is a vital partner to surface design, changing interior & exterior surfaces dramatically – now in its fourth year Light School presented by The Light Collective and supported by the Institute of Lighting Professionals will return to Surface Design Show to help attendees discover the best of new lighting design and ensure that the audience leaves the show having learnt something that will change the way they see light.

The Surface Design Awards, meanwhile, are the only awards in the UK that recognise and celebrate outstanding examples of progressive design and the use of innovative surfaces in projects both in the UK and internationally.

33 projects have been named as finalists, with 13 awards to be given out in 7 different categories. 45% of the projects on the 2017 shortlist are from overseas with each project being judged on a range of criteria including the type of surface, the use of materials and aesthetic design. Included among the 2017 finalists are international practices including Foster + Partners, Arup, Giles Miller Studio and BuckleyGreyYeoman. 

All of the winners along with the Supreme Award winner will be announced at a presentation held at Surface Design Show 2017 on Thursday 9 February at the Business Design Centre, London.