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Surface Design Show 2020


This year’s Surface Design Show ( has inspired the best

in surface innovations.

More than 170 exhibitors showcased the best in surface material and architectural lighting

designs, with nearly 5,000 architects, designers and specifiers visiting over the packed two and half days.

With a focus on the trending topic of ‘Close to Home…Locally Sourced’, the show looked beyond aesthetics and into manufacturer’s impact on the environment, from the processes used in mining or manufacture, through to the carbon footprint sustained during sales and distribution.

Over the course of Surface Design Show, there was a full schedule of insightful and entertaining discussions and talks including the ever-popular Opening Night Debate which was supported this year by RIBA and Architextural and the lively PechaKucha evening, which was hosted by Chris Dyson of Chris Dyson Architects. The carefully curated talks programme kept visitors engaged as they were educated on ways of thinking about materials, current industry issues and trends including several talks which focussed on the Close to Home theme.

Co-located within Surface Design Show was the ever-popular Light School which educated visitors of the importance of the relationship between light and surface by bringing together leading manufacturers and suppliers with architects and designers looking to specify their products.

Launched six years ago the Surface Design Awards has become an integral part of the show, growing in stature to become one of the most respected accolades in the design awards realm.

Next year’s Surface Design Show will take place from 9-11 February 2021 at Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0QH.

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