Surface Design Show 2020: Hattrick’s hot picks

If you’re heading to the Surface Design Show (11-13 February) this week, and need some advice on who to look out for, you’ve come to the right place. Here are five of the designers, talks and exhibits to set your peepers on…

Climate Emergency: Three winning ways to make a project sustainable

Supported by RIBA, the event’s opening night debate brings together Annalie Riches of Mikhail Riches, Dido Milne of CSK Architects and Chris Watson of Witherford Watson Mann Architects to discuss the challenges that climate change presents to the built environment. Adding to the stellar line-up, the discussion is chaired by Eleanor Young, executive editor of RIBA Journal. Not to be missed.

When? Tuesday 11 February: 6.30pm-7.30pm | More details

New Talent 

Featuring the work of 40 up-and-coming designers, the New Talent section of the Surface Design Show has been vastly expanded for 2020. Supported by Material Source – an online publication dedicated to championing innovation in the built environment, and showcasing the work of King Kong Design, Janine Partington and Olenka, it’s sure to be inspiring, and Instagrammable. 

Where? The Gallery at Business Design Centre | More details

Pechakucha evening

For anyone with a short attention span, Pechakucha presentations are perfect. 20 images, shown for 20 seconds, totalling to 6.5 minutes per talk. Hosting the evening is leading architect Chris Dyson of Chris Dyson Architects, and the designers taking on the challenge include Daniel Campbell of Stiff+Trevillion and Faye Davies of Burrell Foley Fischer, speaking on the topic of ‘locally sourced, sustainable and recyclable’.  

When? Wednesday 12 February: 6.30pm-8pm | More details

Surface Spotlight Live

This area of the show allows visitors a ‘hands-on’ experience through an exhibited selection of innovative and tactile materials. Curated by trend and colour expert Sally Angharad and global colour & trend forecasters Colour Hive, it’s become a staple highlight of the annual event. 

Where? Central exhibition zone at Business Design Centre | More details  

That’s Caffeine, Atticus Durnell 

One of our favourite material innovators of the moment, Atticus Durnell will exhibit his That’s Caffeine surface covering, made from recycled coffee grounds. Available for use on internal and external projects, it’s a shining example of the industry’s trailblazers edging us towards a more sustainable future. Go say hello. 

Where? The Gallery at Business Design Centre | More details

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