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Surface Design Show 2017

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21 Nov 2016

Light School at Surface Design Show, 2017

Light School – Surface Design Show 2017

Discover the latest architectural lighting designs at Light School

Light School will be hosted within Surface Design Show 2017 at the Business Design Centre in London from 7-9 February.

For over 10 years Surface Design Show has been the only event in the UK that focuses solely on interior and exterior surfaces, connecting innovative and exciting materials with a specifying audience of architects and designers. Light is a vital partner to surface design, changing interior & exterior surfaces dramatically – Light School attendees will discover the best of new lighting design and learn about the important partnership between surface and light.

Light School Surface Design Show 2017

Now in its fourth year Light School presented by The Light Collective and supported by the Institute of Lighting Professionals consists of three parts: Light Talks, Product School and the School Newspaper.

Light School Surface Design Show 2017

The School Room
The School Room hosts Light Talks sponsored by Luctra; 2½ days of lessons and hands-on demos with top UK lighting designers taking on the role of lecturers. The programme of talks provides the audience with access to the UK’s leading lighting designers, many of whom are returning for the second or third year. This year’s speakers will include David Atkinson of David Atkinson Lighting Design, Sanjit Bahra of Design Plus Light, Ellie Coombs of Nulty, Rebecca Weir of Light IQ and Sally Storey of Lighting Design International. The auditorium will feature the award-winning Flex by Luctra, which is a cordless and portable lamp designed to enhance wellbeing and productivity by harnessing the biological effect of light.

Light School Surface Design Show 2017

Product School
Product School is the home of architectural lighting and provides architects and designers with a comprehensive review of lighting innovation and technology. Visitors can touch, compare and learn about innovative lighting products from exhibitors including Spectral, Applelec, Optelma, Baro, Wila, Evans Turner, Visive, Selux and Lumiscopic. One new product introduced for Light School will be a range of illuminated surfaces from Lumiscopic featuring their trademark dichoric materials which appear to change colour depending on the viewing angle. Whilst Baro will be showcasing their recently developed LED hybrid technology; a special 3D silicone lens on the LED module which ensures that less light is directly emitted and more light reaches the target surface in a controlled manner via the reflector facets.

Light School Surface Design Show 2017

In 2016 British lighting company Factorylux launched a new range of Xicato powered architectural spotlights, pendants, wall lights and lighting track. During Surface Design Show Factorylux will be hosting a series of lighting workshops where attendees make, test and certify a complete luminaire to BS EN 60598. Workshops are in #TheVan a purpose built mobile workspace which has just completed a hugely successful Trans-Europe Express Tour. The van will be situated at the entrance to the Business Design Centre and the 1 hour workshops will take place during the opening times of the event.

Light School Surface Design Show 2017

School Newspaper
Every school has a newspaper and of course Light School is no exception. The Light School Newspaper, sponsored by Xicato, is a free newspaper sent out to 70,000 architects, designers and specifiers. Plus every attendee gets a free copy to take away at the end of the ‘school day’. The newspaper contains articles on Lighting Design, Product School and interviews from Light Talks lecturers.

Light School ensures that the audience leaves the show having learnt something that will change the way they see light.

26 Oct 2016

Surface Design Show, 2017

Surface Design Show 2017

Surface Design Show returns to London’s Business Design Centre from 7-9 February 2017, showcasing the newest and best surfaces that the design industry has to offer. Surface Design Show is the only event in the UK that focuses solely on interior and exterior surfaces, connecting innovative and exciting materials with an audience of architects, specifiers and designers.

Since its launch in 2005 the show has become the hot spot for industry people to immerse themselves in the latest materials for the built environment, gain new insights and network with like-minded designers, architects and suppliers.


2016 saw 5,699 visitors attend Surface Design Show, a significant increase from 2015. The professional and trade visitors consisted of architectural, interior design, lighting design or multi design practices, with 36% choosing to attend Surface Design over any other architectural design show.

“2016 saw the show extending to the gallery level for the first time creating the biggest and best show to date. In 2017 visitors can expect even more exhibitors both International and from the UK. A detailed programme of events has been carefully curated ensuring that visitors will be engaged throughout the two and a half days”.

Event Director, Christopher Newton

“Over 130 exhibitors have already signed up for 2017, with more to be confirmed over the next few months. Returning brands include Altfield, Concreate and James Latham whilst new brands already confirmed are Lovell Stone, Nordcell and Visive.”

Ab Rogers, Creative Director of Ab Rogers Design said of Surface Design Show 2016

“Fantastic show, vibrant and alive, bespoke to the industry and clearly curated. Perfect size, truly legible trade show.”

Surface Design Show 2017 is full of brand new ideas and firm favourites refreshed to provide the specifying audience with a unique visiting experience. Some of the events that will be included in the packed programme will be the Preview Evening Live Debate and the ever popular PechaKucha Evening – an informal and fun presentation of inspirational slides, which is hosted by Phil Coffey of Coffey Architects and includes speakers Chris Dyson of Chris Dyson Architects and Matthew Driscoll of Threefold Architects.

Surface Spotlight Live, which debuted in 2016, is an exciting opportunity for architects and designers to see the best of advanced materials in two highlighted fields, 2017 will focus on Hospitality and Education. Trend and colour expert Sally Angharad will curate the area presenting materials that make a significant contribution to both areas.

Stone Gallery reflects the importance of the rapidly growing stone market in the UK. Officially supported by Stone Federation GB, Stone Gallery 2017 attracts exhibitors from Europe and beyond – all looking to link up with the international architects and designers that make London the world’s design hub.

Light School, presented by Light Collective and supported by the Institution of Lighting Professionals, has successfully educated and inspired attendees on the important relationship between light and surfaces since 2014. Light School consists of 3 parts: Product School, Light Talks sponsored by Luctra, and the School Newspaper sponsored by Xicato.

Product School provides architects and designers with a comprehensive review of lighting innovation and the latest technology. A star-studded line-up of speakers at Light Talks ensures everyone attending is sure to ‘graduate’ in the lighting world. The Light School newspaper is sent out to 70,000 architects, designers and specifiers, plus every attendee gets a free copy to take away at the end of the ‘school day’.

Surface Design Awards recognises and celebrates outstanding examples of progressive design and the use of innovative surfaces in projects both in the UK and internationally. Divided into interior and exterior categories there are 13 awards across 7 different categories, each project is judged on a range of criteria including the type of surface, the use of materials and aesthetic design. In 2016 there were 32 finalists with IPT Architects taking the honour of becoming Surface Design Awards Supreme Winner 2016 for their Howe Farm project. The awards presentation will take place on Thursday 9th February 2017 during Surface Design Show.

Surface Design Show has chosen to support Maggie’s as their adopted charity for the second year running. Maggie’s provide free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends. All the funds raised from Surface Design Show and Surface Design Awards will help to raise funds which will contribute towards this extremely worthwhile cause.

Lizzie Hunt, London Development Manager, Maggie’s says

“Design is key to our centres and it’s such a natural partnership, we’re delighted to be working together”.

Visitor registration for the show will be live in November.

22 Sep 2016

Surface Design Awards 2017

Surface Design Awards 2017

This is the last chance to enter any outstanding architectural or interior projects designed using innovative surfaces for the Surface Design Awards 2017, with entry for the awards closing on Friday 30th September.

The Surface Design Awards are part of Surface Design Show which is the only event in the UK that focuses solely on interior and exterior surfaces, connecting innovative and exciting materials with a specifying audience of architects and designers. Surface Design Show returns to the Business Design Centre, Islington London from 7-9th February 2017.

Surface Design Awards Supreme Winner 2016

Surface Design Awards

Surface Design Awards 2014

Surface Design Awards 2013

Surface Design Awards 2012

Location: London, UK

London Architecture

London Architecture Design – chronological list

British Academy Refurbishment, Carlton House Terrace, St. James’s
Design: Wright & Wright
British Academy refurbishment London
image © architects
British Academy Refurbishment

Oak Hill House, Hampstead, North London
Design: Claridge Architects
Oak Hill House
photograph : Simon Kennedy
New Hampstead House

Architecture Awards

Stirling Prize

LEAF Awards

Pritzker Prize Architects

Surface & Materials Show 2017 at NEC, Birmingham

RIBA Awards


RIBA Royal Gold Medal

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