SDS 2019: Education, Entertainment, Engagement

Talks, discussions, debates; hear about surfaces and materials at the Surface Design Show in February.

Immerse yourselves in the latest materials and finishes at the Surface Design Show next month. Returning once again to the Business Design Centre in Islington, the show offers visitors the opportunity to gain new insights and network with like-minded designers, architects and suppliers about all things surfaces.

Each year a full schedule of presentations, talks, open discussions, CPDs and even a live debate by experts across the industry keep visitors to the show informed and entertained. 'It will be an exciting Surface Design Show next month. Not only do we have some 150 companies exhibiting but also 47 different presentations featuring some 60 speakers,' says Christopher Newton, show director.   

Opening the programme of discussions, the Opening Night Debate on Tuesday 5 February will see New London Archutecture and RIBA host a panel discussion called 'Factory Housing: Is this the solution to building better homes long-term?'

The ever-popular PechaKucha will return on the evening of Wednesday 6 February, a fast-paced style of live presentation. The PechaKucha line-up of speakers will discuss 'Identities and Boundaries – Site Specific Responses to Modern Architecture'.

'A first for 2019 will be 16 ‘New Talents’ each displaying an exciting range of surface materials and designs. A centrepiece for 2019 will be Surface Spotlight Live, curated in collaboration by trend expert Sally Angharad and trend, colour and material forecast agency Colour Hive. The theme, One of a Kind, will aim to inspire a kinder approach to design,' says Newton.

On the last day of the show, the winners of the Surface Design Awards will be revealed over breakfast. A total of 48 finalists from eight countries will be competing for a prize.

To register for the show, visit www.surfacedesignshow.com

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SHOW HIGHLIGHTS

NEW TALENT
New to Surface Design Show is the New Talent area curated by internationally acclaimed speaker and chief creative director at Trendease International, Jennifer Castoldi. New Talent exhibitors can only have been in the industry for five years or less and will be hand selected by Castoldi. Participants include experimental materials studio, MUUNA; Laura Evans Designs; Yi-Han Fu, textile designer; Orla Lawn, decorative panelling and Tomasz Maker, woodworking and metalwork.

PREVIEW EVENING & LIVE DEBATE
Opening the programme of discussions, the Opening Night Debate on Tuesday 5 February will see New London Archutecture and RIBA host a panel discussion called 'Factory Housing: Is this the solution to building better homes long-term?' Ben Derbyshire, RIBA president and chair of HTA Design; Neil Usher, chairman of NLA; Hazel Rounding, director at shedkm, Carl Vann, partner at Pollard Thomas Edwards, and Peter Murray, chairman at New London Architecture will discuss the virtues and vices of factory-made housing models.


PECHAKUCHA EVENING
Taking place on Wednesday 6 February, 6.30pm-8.30pm is the ever popular PechaKucha, a fast-paced style of live presentation. The PechaKucha will feature an incredible set of speakers to discuss ‘Identities and Boundaries – Site Specific Responses to Modern Architecture’. Chris Dyson, owner of Chris Dyson Architects, will host the evening in which speakers have 20 slides and just 20 seconds to talk about each.

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MAIN STAGE

Other highlights to the talks programme include:

Colour & Material trend forecast for Spring / Summer 2020
Wednesday 6 February, 3.45am-4.30pm
Hannah Malein, creative director at Colour Hive, the trend and colour experts behind MIX Magazine, presents an inspirational seminar profiling four key colour stories for Spring Summer 2020; Idyll, Kinship, Mask and Parade. Join Malein to explore how these trends will inform our choices, inspire design concepts and influence material and surface applications for the decorative market.

Rocking the Boat with Innovative Surfaces
Wednesday 6 February 4.45pm-5.30pm
Trendease’ chief creative director Jennifer Castoldi presents ‘Rocking the Boat with
Innovative Surfaces’. Castoldi will bring together some of the New Talent she is bringing to the show to discuss how new materials and processes pave the way to intriguing fresh designs which break the mould of traditional design.

The Science and Style of Biophilic Design; improving the human connection with nature; improving spaces for people, productivity and the planet
Thursday 7 February, 11.45am-12.30pm
Oliver Heath, director of Oliver Heath Design presents ‘The Science and Style of Biophilic Design; improving the human connection with nature; improving spaces for people, productivity and the planet’. A passionate advocate for biophilic design, Heath will discuss new research that demonstrates how strengthening the human connection with nature can improve the many spaces we live and work in.

Interior Design Trends and their relevance to the Surface Industry
Thursday 7 February 12.45pm-1.30pm
Interior designer and TV personality Daniel Hopwood will give a trends talk titled ‘Interior Design Trends and their relevance to the Surface Industry’.

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SURFACE DESIGN AWARDS

The Surface Design Awards recognise examples of progressive design and the use of innovative surfaces in projects both in the UK and internationally. The 2019 Awards will crown 13 winners across seven different categories, as well as a Supreme Award for the 'best of the best.' The Awards ceremony, hosted by architectural correspondent Aidan Walker, will take place on Thursday 7 February starting at 8.45am at the Business Design Centre prior to the opening of the last day of Surface Design Show. Tickets are £36 (inc. VAT). Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book tickets or a table.

SURFACE SPOTLIGHT LIVE
Curated by trend consultant Sally Angharad and trend and colour forecaster Colour Hive, Surface Spotlight Live is a ‘library’ of innovative and inspiring materials for visitors to touch and feel.

LIGHT SCHOOL
Now in its fifth year, Light School is the home of architectural lighting and allows architects and designers to touch, compare and learn about innovative lighting and technology products. Confirmed returning exhibitors include Appelec, Optelma, and Pixalux. The Light School arena, Light Talks, will return once again supported by the Institution of Lighting Professionals. Industry experts from Hoare Lea, Nulty+, Atelier Ten and 18 Degrees have already confirmed to share their knowledge at Light Talks.

STONE GALLERY
Stone Gallery, which is officially supported by Stone Federation GB whose Stone Knowledge Hub forms a focal point for the event, will also be returning to Surface Design Show 2019. Stone Gallery is an industry-leading event for architects and designers to meet and specify natural stone. The 2019 edition welcomes back returning exhibitors as well as new additions, such as Piedra Paloma, Airemarmores and Marmi Faedo. The Stone Hub hosts a series of presentations bringing the A&D professionals to listen and learn from the leading designers in the sector.

When & Where
Tuesday 5 February 6pm - 9pm
(Opening Night Debate 6.30pm - 7.30pm)
Wednesday 6 February 11am - 9pm
(PechaKucha Evening 6.30pm - 8pm)
Thursday 7 February 11am - 5pm
(Surface Design Awards Presentation 8.45am - 10.30am)

Business Design Centre, London
Twitter: surfacethinking #SDS19

www.surfacedesignshow.com

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