Surface Design Show 2017

Martyn White

Posted on February 20 2017

After another hugely successful Surface Design Show, I wanted to share with you some of my favourite surface discoveries from this year's top brands. Every year new finishes, innovative materials captivating designs are on display from companies spanning the globe. What I always find surprising is the diversity of designs on display and how, year after year, there is always that show stopping surface that everyone wants a piece of. 

Pintark multi coloured fabric bobble surface London Surface Design Showmulti coloured wrapped cotton bud style artistic wall covering deep red brown leather wall covering geometric design with mirror backing and brass framingGeometric 3d shapes against a brass framed mirror Pintark Surface Design Show


Discovering Pintark at last year's exhibition, I was delighted to see that the brand had returned and was bigger and better than before. With so many incredible surfaces, textures and designs on display, it was so difficult to select just a few to feature. The two that ultimately attracted my attention were the wrapped colourful texture bobbles that can be easily customised to create unique and striking displays and the 3D geometric leather shapes that have been backed onto mirror and framed in an elegant brass surround. I love how the shapes appear to open up and evolve within each segment. 

Evan James curved wood wall covering in modern cool coloursModern futuristic style wall covering from Evan James DesignEvan James Design wall paneling and coverings Surface Design ShowReflected wall covering design in mirrored floor Surface Design Show

Evan James Design

The stand to stop everyone in their tracks was Evan James Design and you can see why with their futuristic wall coverings in striking blue and silver gradient. This intriguing finish has been created with curved wooden shapes, fixed into a central panel. The laser cut holes in the design can allow for a secondary piece of wood to be inserted underneath to add contrast and build up layers for an entirely bespoke design. This simplicity of its design and construction means that the patterns can be easily changed when needed to transform the look and feel of a space.

Staff decor traditional wall and ceiling mouldings Staff Decor exposed brickwork style wall mouldingStaff Decor floral wall moulding designStaff Decor 3d tile wall effect

Staff Decor

As one of Europe's leading decorative plasterwork specialists, It was great to be able to see Staff Decor's creations up close and personal to appreciate the level of detail that goes into every piece. From opulent and traditional ceiling detailing to contemporary wall coverings, this brand is able to create unique pieces for every style and environment. Displayed above are a few of my favourite pieces that look incredible in multiple lighting conditions. 

Innerspace Cheshire and Unibox lighting Surface Design ShowVibrant coloured moss wall coveringGreen moss and bark wall covering Surface Design Show by Inner SpaceTree bark wall covering surface design show

Innerspace / Unibox

It was the stand full of innovative materials that you cannot help but touch. Innerspace and Unibox were full of vibrant treasures but the one surface on everyone's minds was of course moss. Whilst many plant walls can extremely expensive to construct and maintain, Innerspace's alternative is a fantastic solution. Made from real Icelandic moss which has been sustainably harvested in Scandinavia, the moss is then cleaned and preserved to create a surface that remains clean and appears to be living without the hassle and maintenance required of its living relatives. 

Lucentia printed graphics on glassMetallic surface by Lucentia at Surface Design ShowGlass pattern designs from Lucentia Surface Design Show


New to the Surface Design scene this year was Lucentia, a wonderful team that offer a bespoke design service for partitioning, glazing, walls and facades. If you are tired of glass wall divides with the generic privacy white frosting or eye level markings to stop embarrassing collisions, it is time to get creative and inject colour, personality and charm back into a space with the help of the Lucentia brand. It is not just wall divides however that this company caters for and designs can be transferred to printed wallpapers, lighting panels and room features.

For the full list of exhibiting brands this year and to find out how you can be apart of the 2018 exhibition, click to view the official Surface Design Show website. 

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