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Surface Design Show announces theme


Next year’s Surface Design Show ( has the theme of ‘Shaping

Communities’ with an ambition to improve the surroundings for all, through collaboration and

meaningful design solutions.

“We are seeing rapid change and progress in the design world, with digital platforms showcasing the real power of teamwork.  So rather than working in isolation we are fully realising the potential of bridging the gap across industries to create long-lasting values that reflect how we want to work, live and communicate within that space,” says Christopher Newton, Show Director, Surface Design Show.

“Where we live and the places in which we spend our time play a huge part in shaping who we are as people. The role our built environment plays within society should inspire new conversations where human experience and a community’s identity are paramount.”

Surface Design Show will highlight how fundamentally important design decisions truly are, not simply for creating aesthetic pleasing areas, but for understanding how our surroundings hold the ability to evoke emotional responses, uncovering how a space can enhance your productivity and mental wellbeing.

In addition, the Show will explore the importance of how buildings can affect both our mental wellbeing and the wellbeing of our planet.  “As much as places need to have a positive impact on people, how buildings affect the environment must also be considered with sustainable practice being imperative to both design and outcomes,” adds Newton.

The Show will play host to over 40 speakers, and includes the exhibition Surface Spotlight Live which features innovative and tactile material for visitors to touch and feel, providing a hands-on experience for architects and designers.  Curated by trend and colour expert Sally Angharad, Surface Spotlight Live explores the narratives underpinning aesthetic choice, material selection and design ethos. The 2023 selection for Surface Spotlight Live highlights the importance of community and will encourage new exchanges between surfaces as well as industry sectors.

Surface Design Show runs from 7-9 February 2023 at London’s Business Design Centre.  A full programme will be announced shortly.

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