For more than ten years Surface Design Show has been the place where people from the industry immerse themselves in the latest material experience for the built environment, gain new insights and network with like-minded designers, architects and suppliers. A few weeks ago, between 6-8 February 2018, the show returned to London’s Business Design Centre to showcase the best and the trendiest surfaces the community has curated.
The show focused on developments in textures, finishes, laminates and a vast variety of materials from the best manufacturers across the globe. The show saw participation from big and small brands alike. Treniq collaborated with Surface Design Show as media partners.
Material exploration is not just applied to processes and objects, but it also opens paths to wider potential and application. It is not about producing more or better aesthetics but about creating sustainable and better solutions that connect us to the environment and to our communities. The implementation of novel materials from a range of different disciplines into architecture and design is playing a key role in pushing academic and scientific research further as the need to address material potential is constantly being reshaped over time.
The curated space at the Surface Spotlight Live 2018 explored exciting materials and material properties that have become key within architecture and design. Traditional materials were made to look like something they are not for instance wood carved to look like bricks, or concrete cast to look like wood, were designed and experienced at the show.
Everyday materials such as human hair and salt, which are being applied in architecture and fashion with thought provoking results, or what until now was clearly waste, such as plastic bottles or coffee grounds, has also been given a makeover and reintroduced as unique materials for interiors and product design. Surfaces made of recycled ceramic waste using pigments mixed with natural fibre reinforced concrete, flexible and durable wooden surfaces among a lot of creative surface designs were the stars of the show!
Design is no longer just an innovation of form but also a creative use of materials and how their intrinsic properties reach full design potential.
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