Surface Design Show Preview

Happy birthday to the Surface Design Show, about to celebrate its 10th outing and hosting an FX Live Debate on the first of its threeday residence from 5-7 February at the Business Design Centre, London. Maarja Pehk takes a look at highlights of this year's offering

Since it was established in 2004, Surface Design Show has been the go-to event for keeping up to date with inspirational interior and exterior surfaces. At the Business Design Centre 5-7 February, the show this year celebrates its 10th anniversary, and FX is delighted to be hosting the preview evening's Live Debate event. The FX debate will see a panel of professionals, including Jane NĂ­ Dhulchaointigh, inventor of Sugru ('the next best thing since Sellotape'), explain their vision and application of their special materials to create a better world.

A variety of events will accompany more than 100 exhibitors showcasing their materials and products. Future Thinking will be looking at emerging materials and technology for architecture and design uses while the Trend Wall will forecast trends for 2014 in materials and colours.

This year's show also sees the first Surface Design Awards. Set up to celebrate the 10th anniversary, 10 awards for winners in categories retail, commercial, housing, public building, temporary structure, and the supreme award, will be presented on the last evening. Shortlisted entries for all the categories is on the show's website.

Architects and designers make up the judging panel, co-chaired by Felix Mara, editor of the AJ Specification magazine, and Vanessa Brady, president of the SBID.

Here is our choice of products to look out for at this year's show.

Esthec Terrace
from Stratum

This synthetic resin decking is free of PVC, requires minimal maintenance and is more than 90 per cent recyclable. The five basic colour options can be personalised with a selection of design patterns.

LED Light Sheet
from Applelec

The slim lighting panel can be used in a variety of interior design scenarios and as it doesn't get hot, the panel can also be used to display heatsensitive products. Available with dimming controls or programmed to change colour.

Noraplan Sentica
from Nora Flooring Systems

The new rubber floor covering comes with 32 colour options and is available in thickensses of 2mm and 3mm. The flooring is especially suited for use in healthcare, education, retail and office interior environments.

Best Collection
from Trend GB

The glass-mosaic collection by Veronica Tommasin features floral motifs and geometric patterns. Made from up to 60 per cent of postconsumer recycled material, the finishes are very durable and can be used both indoors and outdoors.

Slimtech RE-evolution
from Lea Ceramiche

This new laminated stone flooring comes in large slabs of up to 3m x 1m and boasts a resin effect texture. The tiles are produced through a new technique of blending ceramic mixture with coloured glass.

Recycled glass countertops
from Bottle Alley Glass

The company takes unwanted glass bottles and uses a recycling process to turn them into a unique range of glass products, including countertops and splashbacks. All products are handmade in the company's workshop in Yorkshire.

from Soundtect

Made of recycled polyester fibres, the three dimensional acoustic panel with a sculpted look is itself entirely recyclable, ticking the boxes of sustainability requirements. Available in eight colours, but it can also be spray-painted to choice.

Door handles
from Daedalian Glass Design

Designed to accompany Daedalian's growing range of glass doors, screens and wall panelling, the new crystal and fused-glass handles are available in a variety of lengths and diameters.

from Solus Ceramics

Flexstone is a flexible and bendable wall tile that can be applied to both flat and curved surfaces. The natural laminate slate plate is coated with glass fibre and polyester and comes in 12 stone

Model range
from Silva Wood Flooring

This hardwood flooring collection boasts a variety of colour choices and finishes. The range includes floors from Canadian hardwoods, such as red oak. All wood used is sourced from FSC certified forests.

This article was first published in fx Magazine.

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