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Surface Design Show 2014 has upheld its position as the leading show for innovative interior and exterior surfaces among industry professionals.

Now in its 11th year, the Show proved an even bigger draw for key interior design and architectural studios such as Zaha Hadid Architects, Jestico + Whiles, Foster + Partners, Studio Egret West, Sheppard Robson, Based Upon and HawkinsBrown who flocked to the only UK event to focus exclusively on surfaces.

Exhibitors were delighted by the large number of visitors to the show and the results they achieved.

2014 was the largest Surface Design Show to date with inspirational products and displays ranging from pioneering natural materials and ceramics to high quality printed concrete walls. Global Color Research provided interior designers, architects and specifiers with exclusive insights into Spring/Summer 2015 colour trends and Arup showcased actual fragments from their latest portfolio of innovative building facades.

Grestec Tiles - Cement Stone
Grestec Tiles, specialist supplier of ceramic, porcelain, glass and natural stone tiles will be launching the new and original Cement Stone range alongside a selection of other unique and innovative collections including Aarde Steen and the Le Shack Collection. The Cement Stone range (shown below) has been inspired from a variety of natural stones to create a collection of five graduating shades.

WILA Alphabet - Recessed spotlight
WILA - alphabet focus recessed spotlight: flexible and extremely luminous
The alphabet focus recessed spotlights accentuate objects or structures in the room and create an exciting overall impression. At the same time, they direct the gaze at the object, e.g. in stores or museums. For optimal results, pictures are illuminated homogeneously. The play with light and shadows emphasizes the three dimensionality of objects and brings them to life.

Ardex - PanDOMO
PanDOMO offers the fast track installation of cement based polished concrete floors and walls. The range is exceptionally versatile in terms of colour, style, use and all offer large seamless areas in bespoke finishes.

Ketley Brick - Staffordshire Blue Brick
Building on over 100 years of success with their Clay Paver range, Ketley Brick have combined tradition with modern technology to develop their new 18mm thick Clay Paving Tiles. Offering similar performance to a traditional quarry tile and a U3 slip resistance, the Paving Tiles come in a range of natural burnt clay colours created through delicate control of the kiln atmosphere. Ketley Paving Tiles are suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications, and will work equally well in contemporary spaces and for restoration projects. They offer a sustainable and cost effective choice for designers.

The show opened with a fun and informative debate entitled ‘Traditionalism, Modernism and the Vernacular’. Architect and radio and television broadcaster Maxwell Hutchinson discussed and debated the role of materials in architecture and the vernacular in the built environment with a dynamic panel of speakers.

Cany Ash of Ash Sakula chaired the popular and lively PechaKucha evening which saw presentations from some of the most influential and innovative designers such as Adam Furman, Ron Arad; Pia Pelkonen, Ardesia Design; Mark Ridler, BDP Lighting and Marc Thomas, Millimetre.

On the final day of the Show the winners of the Surface Design Awards were revealed. Hosted by Annabelle Filer of SCIN and with a keynote address by Sarah Featherstone of Featherstone Young, the winning projects spanned the globe from the UK, Belgium, USA, UAE, China and Japan, with Squire and Partner’s Mayfair House winning the ‘best of the best’ Supreme Award.

Finally, one of the highlight of the event was the launch of Light School, the Show’s new focus on lighting, presented by Sharon Stammers and Martin Lupton of Light Collective. The ‘classroom’ was host to a number of leading members of the lighting design community presenting tutorials to a packed audience who left ‘Inspired by Light’.

Sharon Stammers and Martin Lupton of Light Collective said “Light School was created as we believed the Surface Design Show was the best platform to share our lighting knowledge and inspire the architectural and interior design community. The fact that every talk had people spilling out the door of the school room means there is a need for it. The program was enthusiastically received and we hope to be back in 2015.”

Show Director, Christopher Newton said “The show was a huge success. There was a real energy in the hall and the exhibitors were greatly encouraged by the number of serious buyers it attracted.”

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