Surface Design Show 2017 a success
Visitors came in force to discover the best in surface design as the Surface Design Show returned to London’s Business Design Centre (7-9 February) for one of its best shows to date. Occupying both the ground floor and the entire gallery level and featuring over 170 exhibitors it’s the only event in the UK to focus on exterior and interior surfaces.
Thousands of professional visitors attended over the two and a half days and were not only able to discover the newest products and the latest trend in surface design but were also to attend seminars and talks from leading experts within the industry. Visitors came from across the architecture and interior design world, including practices such as Ron Arad Architects, Zaha Hadid Architects and AD Associates, as well as project managers from brands such as B&Q, Clarins, the Natural History Museum and Next. The accompanying Light School also saw a wide range of senior professionals from across the lighting industry attend.
Since its inception in 2005, the show has become the destination for the industry to see, touch and explore the latest materials for the built environment. 2017 reinforced the shows reputation as one of the most important design events in the UK; with visitors describing the show as ‘exciting’, ‘a fountain of knowledge’ and ‘dynamic’.
The Main Stage was the home of the headline acts with topics that appealed across the design world. The stage this year was designed by Anne Kyyro Quinn and created a stunning platform for amongst others, talks from Houzz, colour and trend expert Sally Angharad, and the Live Debate hosted by David Michon. The ever popular PechaKucha Evening was a highlight of the event programme and saw record numbers attending with a dynamic set of panellists being hosted by Phil Coffey.
David Michon said of the Live Debate: “It is good to see a trade show whose talks series really push the boundaries in terms of its core theme. SDS is unafraid to venture into territory that makes you think, with speakers that range from media to artists to CEOs.”