With the UK’s only show dedicated to surface materials opening next month at the Business Design Centre in London, we take a peek at what it will be offering
When: 7 - 9 February
Where: Business Design Centre, London
Words by Emily Martin
Century Stone is showcasing ZClad, also as part of the Stone Gallery. Its cladding system is designed to create a stylish stone veneer for either contemporary or traditional design. The modular z-shaped panels give a seamless finish, making seams virtually impossible to detect.
Light School, presented by Light Collective and supported by the Institution of Lighting Professionals, will consist of three parts: Product School, The School Room and School Newspaper. 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’.
Factorylux is hosting a series of lighting workshops, as part of the Product School, where attendees make, test and certify a complete luminaire to BS EN 60598.
Workshops are in a mobile unit – which has just completed a hugely successful Trans-Europe Express Tour – situated at the entrance to the Business Design Centre.
Surface Design Awards: Thursday 9 February
Vying for a Surface Design Show award is Billboards, by Giles Miller Studio, shortlisted in the Temporary Exterior Surfaces category.
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 seven different categories, with each project judged on a range of criteria including the type of surface, the use of materials and aesthetic design.
The Broad, by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler, in the Light & Surface Interior category
Ruins Studio by Lily Jencks Studio + NDA, in both the Housing Exterior Surface and Housing Interior Surface categories
Sacred Heart Cathedral, by John McAslan + Partners in the Light & Surface Interior category
The shortlist for this year’s awards includes Billboards, by Giles Miller Studio, in the Temporary Exterior Surface category; The Broad, by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler, in the Light & Surface Interior category; Ruins Studio, by Lily Jencks Studio + NDA, in both the Housing Exterior Surface and Housing Interior Surface categories, Sacred Heart Cathedral, by John McAslan + Partners, in the Light & Surface Interior category.
Fontanili Marble UK
Fontanili Marble UK will be exhibiting as part of the Surface Design’s Show Stone Gallery, which will showcase some of the best stone products available. The company will be launching a new marble product at the show: Palissandro Fiorito.
Pechakucha evening: Wednesday 8 February
A popular among Surface Design Show attendees is the annual informal and fun presentation of 20 images, each for 20 seconds, which Phil Coffey of Coffey Architects hosts this year. Speakers include Chris Dyson of Chris Dyson Architects, Matthew Driscoll of Threefold Architects, and Elly Ward of Ordinary Architecture.
The evening is open to everyone who has registered.