Christopher Newton, Show Director, Surface Design Show

Posted in Events, People on 18 December, 2018

Taking place from 5-7 February 2019 at the Business Design Centre London, the Surface Design Show is the place for architects and designers to discover the latest surface materials, innovations, and trends. SPACE caught up with Show Director, Christopher Newton to find out what we can all look forward to at next year’s show.

The Surface Design Show will be in its 14th Year in 2019 – what has made exhibitors and visitors return?
We are a very focused event. We invest a lot of time developing a show that is interesting, fun to visit and enjoyable at which to exhibit. The key has to be refreshing the show each year and giving our visitors something new to see, hear or touch. Content is all important and we are lucky enough to have fantastic support from the design world in creating an exciting programme.

As the Show Director how have you seen the show grow from its beginnings in 2005?
We didn’t launch Surface Design Show, we acquired it in late 2008 when the previous owners went into administration. We had just three months to create a credible show! The transformation since then has been terrific. We now fill the main halls of the Business Design Centre and have a waiting list to exhibit. Our challenge is to remain topical to our A+D audience, that’s where we invest heavily.

What do you envisage will be key trends for next year’s Surface Design Show?
That’s difficult to say at this stage, we have yet to receive details of exhibitor’s displays. We will continue to look for new and innovative materials. I am sure the push towards ever more sustainable products will continue. We are launching a curated ‘New Talent’ section for 2019. Organisations, which have been in business for less than five years are already applying to participate.

Can you tell us more regarding the types of exhibitors that the Surface Design Show attracts and what sorts of products attendees can source at the show?
More than 100 companies have already committed to participate in Surface Design Show 2019. We continue to see our ‘catchment area’ expand internationally. Our first Japanese company will be exhibiting next year! We remain strong in all our traditional areas – wall coverings, ceramics, flooring, solid surfaces, acoustic surfaces, sustainable surfaces, metal and glass. Of course we have architectural lighting and natural stone in their respective sections.

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