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Join us for over two days of education, entertainment and engagement


Surface Design Show is an event dedicated to surface material innovation. It is the event of choice for architects and designers to see, source and specify the latest and most inspiring internal and external surface materials from 180+ exhibitors.

Surface Design Show returns to London’s Business Design Centre from 6-8 February 2024 allowing architects, designers and specifiers to discover the best innovative materials for the built environment whilst also enjoying a stellar line up of guest speakers and thought-provoking installations.


Why Visit?

  • Over 5,500 senior professionals in the interior design community will gather to explore the very best in surface know-how.
  • Engage with over 180 exhibiting companies showcasing an array of products from across the globe. 
  • Learn from over 40 industry experts within our comprehensive speaker programme to enrich your professional knowledge.
  • Get up close with the best of beautiful natural stone in the Stone Gallery, with pavilions from Great Britain and Italy.
  • Discover the next big thing in the New Talents section by connecting with up-and-coming designers with fresh perspectives and ground-breaking ideas.
  • Experience a hands-on encounter with innovative and tactile products at Surface Spotlight Live
  • Celebrate excellence at Surface Design Awards on Thursday 8 February. Here, we will crown the winners which have been carefully selected from over 160 entries from around the world. 

2024 Theme: Mindful Living

The theme for 2024 is Mindful Living. From physical to digital, materials and their properties play a central role in the multi-sensory space. As we embrace technological advancements and invest in new design approaches, the boundaries between virtual and reality continue to blur; Mindful Living explores what this means for the built environment. Mindful Living celebrates progress and innovation in design for interiors and architecture, as we adapt to our ever-changing world. Conversations around
man versus machine continue as we search for new ideas. Digital and human intelligence are key, exploring the benefits of each to provide progressive solutions. Whether the focus is on machine learning for industry research, digital platforms becoming independent designers, or simply the virtual world driving new aesthetics, one thing is clear: our material world is evolving.

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“The theme for 2024 focuses on the ambition to design well while doing good – with a conscious effort to protect our planet by aiming for zero waste manufactures and sustainable alternatives. The natural world remains a key influence on the design industry, inspiring new techniques and processes, as well as offering a wealth of material substitutes”.

-Nickie West – Director, Surface Design Show

Exhibitor Listing

With 180 exhibitors and over 5000 visitors, Surface Design Show is a unique gathering of the architecture and design sectors. 

Surface Design Awards

Entries for Surface Design Awards 2024 are officially open and will close for entries on Friday 29th September 2023. Our award categories, ranging from public buildings through to housing and temporary structures attracts projects of all sizes and styles. We also have a brand new award for this year, Surface of the Year Award. Each of these competing for the ultimate 'Supreme Winner' Award.

Surface Spotlight Live

Located right in the centre of the Show, our Surface Spotlight Live (SSL) corridor remains one of the highlights of every visitor’s trip to the exhibition.

Featuring innovative and tactile materials for our visitors to touch and feel, SSL gives a truly ‘hands-on’ experience for architects and designers to enjoy and learn from.

Opening Night Debate

Setting the pace on our first night will be our live panel debate,. In 2023, our panel discussed 'Design Solutions for Place and Sustainable Living: the work of many hands'. This was hosted by Human Nature's Jonathan Smales. His panel included, Joanna Yarrow, Alex Ely, Patrick Bellew, Clarissa Bromelle and Daniel Rea. 


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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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