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Preview Evening

Surface Design Show 2014 kicked off with our ever popular Preview Evening. This fun and informative evening is an opportunity to be the first to discover 100s of new and exciting products, meet  fellow architects and interior designers and relax with a glass of wine.

RIBA JournalThe highlight of the evening is the Live Debate, which was hosted this year by Maxwell Hutchinson for RIBA Journal featuring a diverse panel of professionals.

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Traditionalism, Modernism and the Vernacular

Entitled Traditionalism, Modernism and the Vernacular, the Preview Evening Live Debate saw architect and radio and television broadcaster Maxwell Hutchinson discuss and debate the role of materials in architecture and the vernacular in the built environment with a dynamic panel of speakers.

Hosted by Maxwell Hutchinson for RIBA Journal

Maxwell Hutchinson Maxwell Hutchinson was President of the Royal Institute of British Architects for over 3 years. He is a practising architect and regular radio and television broadcaster. He has a weekly feature on the Robert Elms programme on BBC London 94.9FM covering London’s architecture, and landmarks. He has presented a number of distinguished architectural programmes for BBC, Channel 4, C5 and The Discovery Channel and has recently been awarded a Sony Award for “Best Specialist Contributor” for his contribution to BBC Radio London. Maxwell is also a member of the Board of Trustees of The University of London and the founder and Chairman of the architectural charity “Article 25”. Read more here.



Panel members included...

Robert Sakula

Robert Sakula Robert Sakula is a founder partner of Clerkenwell-based Ash Sakula Architects. Previously, he worked for Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, David Lea, and DEGW. Read more here.



George Saumarez Smith

George Saumarez Smith George Saumarez Smith is one of the leading classical architects of his generation. Much of his inspiration comes from an appreciation and study of historic buildings, combined with a high level of classical literacy. Read more here.


Pernilla Ohrstedt

Pernilla Ohrstedt Pernilla Ohrstedt Studio is a London based Architecture and Design studio working with projects ranging from buildings to installations, exhibitions, and products. Read more here.

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SDS dress designed by Danielle McGilloway, University of Huddersfield