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Main Stage Programme 2023

Surface Design Show 2024

Main Stage Programme 2023

Hosted debates, panels, trend forecasts and insights into the latest surface design innovations, the Main Stage was at the very heart of the Show.

Over the 2½ days of Surface Design Show 2023, the Main Stage hosted 18 different presentations with more than 40 speakers, inspiring and educating an audience of over 1,000 architects and designers.

The 2023 stage was designed by Emily Skinner of Smile Plastics.

Tuesday 7 February

Tuesday 7 February

Opening Night Debate: Design Solutions for Place and Sustainable Living: the work of many hands.
Host - Jonathan Smales
Patrick Bellew
Clarissa Bromelle
Alex Ely
Daniel Rea
Joanna Yarrow

Extending Your Design Rhetoric Through Collaboration and Connection
Host - Rebecca Weir
Zoe Defert
Karen Howes
Wednesday 8 February AM

Wednesday 8 February AM

BIID Presentation Desigining with Culture in Mind
Mathew Freeman (Host), Dee Gibson, Jennifer Hamilton, Yoko Kloeden

Repurposing: Finding the Sweet Spot Between Old and New
Veronica Simpson (Host), Catarina Kohut, Tarek Merlin

Legends Live in Partnership with Mix interiors
Harry McKinley (Host), Katrina Larkin

Sourcing Locally
Veronica Simpson (Host), Camilla Leech, Richard Penman, Emily Skinner

Colour, Material and Finish Forecast: 2024
Hannah Malein 

Wednesday 8 February PM

Wednesday 8 February PM

Lighting as Medium to Create Thoughtful and Inclusive Spaces
Magdalena Gomez (Host), Marta Michalski

Low Carbon Architecture, Natural Materials and a Return to Low Energy Construction
Steve Webb 

Legends Live in Partnership with Mix Interiors
Harry McKinley (Host), Justine Fox

The Importance of Inclusive and Social Sustainability Within Architecture
James Furzer

PechaKucha- Shaping Communities 
Nikki Osborn (Host), Oluwafunmbi Adeagbo, Muriel Altunaga, Natasha Bonugli, Jeni Durksen, Dee Gibson

Thursday 9 February

Thursday 9 February

Legends Live in Partnership with Mix Interiors
Chloe Peterson Snell (Host), Linzi Cassels, Shannon Pope-Ellis

Hiding in Plain Sight: The Second Harvest
Annabelle Cox


Collaboration- the Key to Sustainable Outcomes
Elaine Toogood (Host), Ruth Callaway, Charles Phelines


Colour, Material and Finish Forecast: 2024
Hannah Malein


Art Outside the Frame
Hamish Kilburn (Host), Nicholas Hickson


New Design Trends to Keep You in the Know
Jennifer Castoldi


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  • "A brilliant variety of materials, Surface Design Show is always a great show to spot trends and see how they are evolving"
    Hamish Kilburn
    Editor, Hotel Designs
  • "Surface Design show is an incredible show for the sector, it has so many different materials and new ideas"
    Justine Fox
    Founder, Studio Justine Fox
  • "Surface Design Show has been a fantastic show for us, this year has been a busy show, and we have connected with lots of architects and interior designers. We will be back for Surface Design Show 2024"
    Matt Robb
    Digital Media Executive, Stone Federation Great Britain
  • "It has been a very good year for the show, creating a good opportunity to meet key players in the industry and for them to get to know our product"
    Guy Whitehead
    Group CEO, Armourcoat, Exhibitor 2023
  • "Surface Design Show 2023 has been especially good for us. It has been extremely busy with a good quality audience and very innovative materials on display"
    Laura Brown
    Rough Old Glass, Exhibitor 2023
  • "A very busy show which has given us multiple different enquiries this year. We will be leaving with lots of new inspiration!"
    Ka Shing Man
    Ritec, Exhibitor 2023



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