Surface Design Show opens tonight!

Posted in Events, News on 5 February, 2019

The Surface Design Show 2019 opens its doors to the public today to mark the beginning of one of the UK’s most dynamic design event where 150+ exhibitors, 40 presentations, 60 speakers, and 16 ‘New Talents’ will inspire visitors amid the thousands of materials and surfaces on display.

What’s on:

Main stage events


Tuesday 5th February

18:30pm – 19:30pm

Opening Night Debate – Factory-made Housing: is this the solution to building better homes long-term?

In association with New London Architecture (NLA) and Royal Institue of British Architects (RIBA) Factory-made’ homes are being advocated by national and Mayoral policy as one of the key solutions to housing demand, but how are we embedding quality within the design and manufacture process in order to ensure we create homes, and not just meet housing targets? Could championing standardisation over traditional construction in fact lead to greater flexibility and diversity for the homes on offer to Londoners? Would this also give us the opportunity to improve quality, reduce maintenance costs and close the performance gap in the long-term? NLA and RIBA host the Surface Design Show’s Opening Night Debate to consider these issues, following on from the NLA research. Leading housing experts will discuss whether factory-made housing can provide Londoners with better places to live in.

Speakers confirmed: Justin Laskin – Associate Partner, Pollard Thomas Edwards; Peter Murray – Chairman, New London Architecture; Nigel Ostime – Project Delivery Director, Hawkins/Brown; Jane Richards – Head of Discipline, WSP Building Structure; Hazel Rounding – Director, shedkm.


Wednesday 6th February


11:45am – 12:30pm

The Office of the Future: Virtual or Virtuous

Studio Tilt’s Oliver Marlow meets architectural correspondent Veronica Simpson to discuss how the configurations of interiors can assist a more fluid, more creative and more effective way of operating.

Speakers confirmed: Oliver Marlow – Co-Founder, Studio Tilt; Veronica Simpson – Architectural Correspondent.


12:45pm – 13:30pm

Designing for an Aging Population

Designing for health issues such as dementia, as well as the trend for more aspirational retirement apartments for an ageing population who want access to care facilities whilst still living in a well-designed, contemporary space…

Speakers confirmed: Gilly Craft – President, British Institute of Interior Design.


13:45pm – 14:30pm

Colour as Material

Colour and trends.

Speakers confirmed: Teresa Sapey – Teresa Sapey Studio.


14:45pm – 15:30pm

Design in Digital Print Presents New Opportunities

Sustainability and innovation are just two keywords that emerge from working with an assortment of over 2000 materials that act as a blank canvas for the latest digital technologies. Jennifer Castoldi of Trendease International has…

Speakers confirmed: Jennifer Castoldi – Chief Creative Director, Trendease International.


15:45pm – 16:30pm

Colour & Material Trend Forecast for Spring/Summer 2020

Colour Hive Limited, the trend and colour experts behind MIX Magazine, present an inspirational seminar profiling four key colour stories for Spring Summer 2020; Idyll, Kinship, Mask and Parade.

Speakers confirmed: Hannah Malein – Colour & Trend Consultant Manager, Colour Hive.


16:45pm – 17:30pm

Rocking the Boat with Innovative Surfaces

This panel discussion moderated by Jennifer Castoldi of Trendease International who curated the New Talent selection for the Surface Design Show, will bring together some of these movers and shakers to discuss how new materials and processes pave the way to intriguing fresh designs which break the mold of traditional design.

Speakers confirmed: Jennifer Castoldi – Chief Creative Director, Trendease International


17:40pm – 18:00pm

In Pursuit of Silence – Acoustic Solutions for a Noisy World

The critical-hit feature documentary In Pursuit of Silence has put acoustic design on the agenda as the new necessity, Poppy shares seasoned insights as third-generation noise reduction campaigner, Executive Producer of the film and creator of the Quiet Mark global award programme for leading solutions to unwanted noise.

Speakers confirmed: Poppy Szkiler – Founder & Managing Director, Quiet Mark.


18:30pm – 20:30pm

PechaKucha Evening – Identities and Boundaries – Site Specific Responses to Modern Architecture

An exciting and inspiring presentation format with presenters showing 20 images, each for 20 seconds. PechaKucha draws its name from the Japanese term for the sound of ‘chit chat’, it provides a lively, informal and fun format enjoyed by a huge audience.

Speakers confirmed: Chris Dyson – Principal Partner, Chris Dyson Architects; Lucia Berasaluce – Associate, Haptic Architects; Alison Brooks – Creative Director, Alison Brooks Architects; Ben Cousins – Managing Director, Cousins & Cousins Architects; Simon Fraser – Senior Partner, Hopkins Architects; Soraya Khan – Director/Architect, Theis and Khan Architects; Nigel Ostime – Project Delivery Director, Hawkins/Brown; Stuart Piercy – Director, Piercy and Co; Alex Scott-Whitby – Founding Director, ScottWhitby STUDIO.


Thursday 7th February


11:45am – 12:30pm

The Science and Style of Biophilic Design; improving the human connection with nature; improving spaces for people, productivity and the planet

Oliver Heath explores the emerging science and style of Biophilic Design; discussing new research that demonstrates how strengthening the human connection with nature we can improve the many spaces we live and work in. these connections manifest in direct connections, indirect connections (mimics of nature) but also our human spatial response. These improvements can help to reduce stress and aid recuperation to improve mental and physical health plus cognitive performance. In doing so Biophilic Design can improve the health & wellbeing of many of the most important spaces in our lives spaces be it offices, education, healthcare and hospitality environments. The resulting benefits include improving rates of productivity, creativity whilst reducing absenteeism and presentism – creating happier healthier places to live and work.

Speakers confirmed: Oliver Heath – Director, Oliver Heath Design.


12:45pm – 13:30pm

Interior Design Trends and their Relevance to the Surface Design Industry

Colour and trends.

Speakers confirmed: Daniel Hopwood – Interior Designer, Design Guild Mark


13:45pm – 14:30pm

Digital Concrete

An exploration of the positive impact that new technology is having on the manufacture of concrete and its use in sustainable construction. Examples Include 3d printing, digitally formed surfaces and smart energy storage.

Speakers confirmed: Elaine Toogood – Senior Architect, The Concrete Centre


14:45pm – 15:30pm

Civic Ceramics – Bringing Colour and Craftsmanship to the Streets

Ceramic artist and cartographer Loraine Rutt and Neil Deeley, founding partner of Metropolitan Workshop are interviewed by architectural correspondant Veronica Simpson

Speakers confirmed: Neil Deeley – Partner, Metropolitan Workshop; Loraine Rutt – Ceramicist and Cartographer, The Little Globe Co; Veronica Simpson – Architectural Correspondent.


15:45pm – 16:30pm

Victoria Gate: Contemporary Bricks Façade

Speakers confirmed: Catherine Hennessy – Associate Director, ACME Architects; Alex Patrick-Smith – Managing Director, Ketley Brick.

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