Surface Design Show has been running for over 10 years and is the only event in the UK that focuses solely on interior and exterior surfaces, connecting innovative and exciting materials with a specifying audience of architects and designers. Light and surface are inseparable partners and the Light School attendees leave the show having learnt more about lighting trends and how light can affect the appearance of a surface.
Now in its third year, Light School, presented by Light Collective and supported by the Institution of Lighting Professionals, has established itself as the destination to explore and learn about the relationship between light and surfaces.
Light School consists of three parts – The School Room, Product School and the School Newspaper – all of which are designed to inspire visitors and inform them about the latest in lighting design and lighting products.
The School Room
The School Room will have more than two days of lessons from leading members of the lighting design community. Many of the teachers will be returning for the second or third year, alongside new teachers allowing for more presentations in 2016.
Inspirational speakers confirmed for 2016 include Sally Storey of Lighting Design International and John Cullen Lighting, Rebecca Weir, creative director of Light IQ, David Atkinson of David Atkinson Lighting Design and Mark Ridler of BDP. The School Room is sponsored by iGuzzini and welcomes mondo*arc as its media partner. The feature is always a huge hit, leaving standing room only for the 400 architects and designers attracted to it.
Sally Storey said of her 2015 lecture: “Every seat was full, people standing outside the door – great turnout! Interesting questions showing the audience benefited and were engaged.”
Product School provides architects and designers with a comprehensive review of lighting innovation and interesting technology. This is where architects and designers can come to touch, compare and learn about products and services.
Product School is made up of contributions from the Friends of Light School. As well as supporting the education programme, the Friends of Light School will be setting up their own demo spaces in this dedicated section of the show to ensure that everyone can experience the unique and ground breaking differences that their lighting products can bring to your projects. Confirmed Friends of Light School include the Institution of Lighting Professionals, IGuzzini, Xicato, Applelec, Optelma, Trilux, Concord, LED Linear and Spectral.
Spectral has teamed up with Ravensbourne College of Design to create a new lighting module. As part of their course, students will be asked to design a luminaire for the manufacturer. The aim is to work with young designers to produce a new free-thinking lighting product concept using the latest LED technology. The top three designs will be showcased on the Spectral Surface Design Show stand, with the winning design as the centerpiece.
The School Newspaper, sponsored by Xicato, is a free newspaper sent out to around 70,000 architects, designers and specifiers as well as being given to every attendee of Light School. It contains articles on lighting design to help those who participated in the School Room events remember what they have learnt there and from the Friends of Light School. There is also contact information for the School Room lecturers