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22 Sep 2023



What are you looking forward to most about being part of the judging panel for the Surface Design Awards?  

Seeing the best, current, cutting-edge design on offer. 


What are you personally looking for in terms of entries?  

Designs with a strong emphasis on context, people and place, and innovative ways of tackling the climate crisis. 


What advice would you give to those looking to submit a successful award?  

Be bold in telling your storey, and be proud about showing how you did it. 


Why are awards so important to architect and designers?  

They allow for a level of recognition after the long, hard graft of design and delivering a design! 


What are some emerging trends in materials you’ve noticed?  

The use of recycled materials is quite exciting. 


Sustainability is a talking point in every project, what is your experience of successfully delivering sustainable solutions in what you do?  

We always have sustainability embedded into all of our projects, beit the reuse of existing buildings, limiting demolition, repurposing previous building materials, designing for long-life, and not just now.# 


The theme of 2024’s Surface Design Show is ‘Mindful Living’, what does that mean to you?  

Understanding that what we do as designers effects many many people. We should be aware of this, and be inspired to create a more sustainable, welcoming environment for all. 


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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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