• More than 100 companies are already signed up to exhibit at SDS18
  • Sponsor an Award Category in the 2018 Surface Design Awards - the industry's most prestigious event


Surface Design Show is packed with presentations, seminars and features

New Materials

Where Surfaces Come Alive

Surface Design Show is the place where people immerse themselves in the latest materials for the built environment, gain new insights and network with like-minded designers and specifiers.

Revealing the lastest innovations in surface design, over 175 UK and international suppliers will showcase their materials at the Show.

Plus, visitors can specify natural stone at Stone Gallery or stop by Light School to see something that will change the way they see light.

Opening Night

Opening Night & Live Debate

Each year Surface Design Show kicks off with the ever popular Opening Night - open to all visitors.

Past speakers have included  RIBA Presidents Sunand Prasad and Angela Brady; London Mayor Ken Livingstone; Will Hutton of The Works Foundation; Mark Whitby of Ramboll, Patrick Schumacher of Zaha Hadid Architects; Maria Smith of Studio Weave; Tom Davies of TD Tom Davies, George Saumarez Smith of Adam Architecture and Peter Murray of New London Architecture.

PechaKucha Evening

Powered by PechaKucha

PechaKucha is an exciting and inspiring presentation format where architects and interior designers show 20 images, each for 20 seconds.

Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of "chit chat", it provides a lively, informal and fun format enjoyed by a huge audience.

In keeping with the style of PechaKucha, attendees are provided with a free beer or wine as they relax to watch the action.

Our 2018 PechaKucha will be curated and chaired by architect Phil Coffey of Coffey Architects

Surface Design Awards

The 2018 Surface Design Awards Presentation will take place Thursday 8 February.

Launched in 2013, the Awards have grown quickly both in stature and the number of entrants. 

Over 85 projects from around the world were entered into the 2017 Surface Design Awards and were judged by our expert panel. All the finalists will be displayed on a central feature at Surface Design Show.

See who took home the trophies this year as the list of winning projects is now online.

Seminar Programme

Three stages will be in operation right through Surface Design Show .

  • The Main Stage is the venue for the headline acts and will host some 11 presentations
  • Light Talks is home to a stellar line-up and is more often than not standing room only!
  • The CPD Hub gives our professional audience the chance to update and gain points at the latest CPD Approved seminars, before transforming into The Stone Hub on the final day to deep dive into the stone industry.

Surface Spotlight

This is an opportunity for architects and designers to see the best of advanced materials curated by leading experts. 

Colour forecaster Sally Angharad curated Surface Spotlight 2017 which consisted of a regular Surface Spotlight Newsletter circulated to architects and designers and the ‘at show’ feature and presentation showcasing the most innovative surface design materials for Education and Hospitality environments.

Light School

It’s always ‘standing room only’ for our 3-day programme of Light Talks, when Britain’s leading lighting designers take to stage to educate architects and designers about the importance of light in their designs.

You can also touch, compare and learn about the latest lighting products at Product School.

This year visitors were also able to step onboard Factorylux's #TheVan to make, test and certify a luminaire to BS EN 60598 and to experience Reggiani's immersive installation 'NightShift', exploring how artificial light contributes to the personal experience of urban space.

Surfaces at Stone Gallery

Stone Gallery

Launched in 2016, Stone Gallery is an industry-leading event for architects and designers to meet and specify natural stone.

Officially supported by Stone Federation GB, Stone Gallery 2018 will attract exhibitors from Europe and beyond all showcasing the best stone products that the industry has to offer.


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