The Surface Design Show was held at the Business Design Centre from 5-7 February 2019. A fantastic opportunity, for architects and designers, to meet existing suppliers and seek out new ones. It is always great to go back to a trade show and not see the same designs again and again!
Surfaces account for a high percentage of the design scheme; wall-coverings, tiles, flooring, worktops, ceilings so it is vital to get this right. The show was full of tactile materials with the opportunity to touch and experience them in real life rather than in brochures and online.
My take away from the show is the rise of innovative sustainable designs. Designers are really thinking outside the box to create recycled or eco-friendly materials. One such example are these amazing “plastic stone” tiles. Created for her thesis, they are the brain child of Enis Akiev from Cologne International School of Design using post consumer plastic waste.
A trend that has been around for a while and looks to be here to stay, are living walls. As well as green leafy foliage, moss was a prominent feature at the show. My favourite stand incorporated moss walls, neon lights and eco-friendly materials on a table to play with! I was literally a kid in a sweet shop! Thank you Innerspace Cheshire!
It was lovely to see materials arranged in creative ways like these gorgeous fabric “scales”. Beautiful, tactile and unique. I look forward to using some exciting new materials in future projects!