Our Visit to the Surface Design Show 2018

Yet again it’s been an incredible few days for the 2018 Surface Design Show and we went along on Wednesday to enjoy all the marvelous variety that was on offer.

Surface Design Show 2018

Photos via My Design Agenda and Surface Design Show

A fantastical mixture of manufacturers, architects, designers and lighting designers funnelled into the Business Design Centre in Islington to show off the biggest, best, brightest, smoothest and most innovative products that have been a staple necessity of a designer’s catalogue for many years as well as some additions that are yet to have their moment in the limelight.

With that said, it was not simply an event to exhibit but one to reward and inform as well. Every year the event has held an award ceremony for the best in the design industry to be recognised as newcomers or season veterans. This year was certainly no disappointment as the we peered through the nominees and their work that’s solidified in a finished project rather than on its lonesome as a concept. From residential beauties to futuristic marvels seen in restaurants and museums, there was something to be appreciated by all. Having spent some time admiring the finished projects, we held some understandable bias for the Art and Culture Centre on the Bund in Shanghai in the centre of the city’s financial district created by Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio. An incredible piece of architecture.

We also saw that Houzz was making an appearance as well, being one of the many media partners for the entire event. They are always an immense help as an ever-growing platform for professionals within the industry to show off their incredible projects, just as we do ourselves, so went and had a friendly chat.

Innerspace Cheshire Work A Uber's London Office

Photo via Innerspace Cheshire of their work at Uber's London office

This global platform attracts the biggest talent from across the world to show off their designs to potential clients as well as other individuals within the industry and the merely curious. Even if you’ve been a part of the industry for many years, there are still companies that astonish. Two of our favourites from the event were actually neighbours among the stalls. Diamik Glass and Innerspace Cheshire both work in surface design but in very different and fascinating ways.

Diamik Glass are surface manufacturers who use 100% recycled glass taken from used bottles as well as rejected glass from bottling plants that’s broken down and redesigned into stunning kitchen surfaces, splashbacks, tiles, bar tops and the odd bespoke product such as a table! And as there’s endless variety in the colours that these bottles can come in, of course this makes their design capability very much endless. A really fascinating company.

And directly next them were the multi-talented folks at Innerspace Cheshire who specialise in natural products being reimaged for commercial and residential spaces. Their most enjoyed material by far when it came to the many people who swarmed their stall was moss, genuine, Icelandic moss. This amazing material can be seen in many of their projects throughout the years but none more than in their own digs in Cheshire and it certainly is everywhere. Other spots where the spongey material has been used is in Uber’s home in Aldgate Tower, A Techo showroom and Permira’s London office. It’s a fascinating material that as a naturally sourced material not only is sourced responsibly but as an appearance really gives the impression of a company that understands it’s duty when it comes to corporate responsibility. Other materials that they work expertly with are rust, brick, concrete, carpet tiles, woven vinyl flooring, hay and much much more.

Dotted throughout the arena were a series of talks held on everything from 2018 trend predictions to the influences that lighting has had on the interior design industry over the last year. We especially enjoyed the Light Talks appearance of Daniel Blaker from Nulty Lighting whose work is something we’ve always kept up to date on as the they sit very comfortably at the forefront of commercial lighting projects throughout London and the world. A personal favourite has to their work at the Adventure Bar in Clapham Junction, very near us and they’ve made it all the more fun place to be on a night out.

Nulty Lighting's work at Adventure Bar Clapham Junction

Photo via Nulty Lighting and their work in Adventure Bar Clapham Junction

The entire event was a huge success as it was the previous year and we had an amazing time checking out what innovations had been brought to the industry in the last year and how they’re sure to be affecting us in the years to come. We can’t wait till next year rolls around but until then we’ll be heading to all of the major interior design events that will be coming to our fair city over the next year so be sure to keep up with our blog for our coverage of the events.

Did you make it to the Surface Design Show this year? Did you have a favourite stall? Let us know with a comment in the section below. As always please call us on 020 8871 9222 or email our friendly team today with any queries you may have. Our shutters are still the best at saving you that precious space around your home, get in touch today.

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