Held in London (February 6-8), the Surface Design Show spotlights the latest developments in laminates, conglomerates, textures and finishes across a vast array of materials from Europe’s most innovative manufacturers.
Among international heavyweights such as Finsa were many smaller brands, including start-ups, offering more experimental decorative surfaces with less-defined applications.
Here, we highlight some of the most interesting developments to emerge at the 2018 edition.
- Repurposed Waste: A number of products presented at the show focused on repurposed waste material, with an eclectic mix of waste sources being translated into new surfaces.
British design studio Lucentia Design showed its Shimmer polycarbonate rigid sheeting, made from recycled car headlights. The material has a metallised silver colouring due to the metallic skin on the inside of headlight units.
The Surface Spotlight Live stand offered a collection of advanced and inspiring materials curated by international trade platform Treniq. These included Chinese studio Bentu Design’s 3D tiles that combine demolition leftovers and ceramic waste with concrete to form smooth-finished wall tiles.
Other reimagined waste materials included glass bottles, coffee, paper and yoghurt pots, transformed into a range of surface ideas.