The home of the headline acts

It’s often said that our Main Stage is the beating heart of Surface Design Show!

Located on the Mezzanine Level, our stage plays host to some 48 speakers during the 2½ days of the Show. From Tuesday evening’s Opening Night Debate through our Legends Live series of interviews and onto the inspiration of our Light Talks, there is seldom a moment when the Stage is not a hive of activity and the auditorium full of interested visitors.

Bringing Everyone Back Together, Surface Design Show 2022 got underway with our Opening Night Debate ‘Climate Change and Future Proofing’.

Chaired by Simon Sturgis, Founder of Targeting Zero the evening explored how the projects designed and implemented today are future proofed against climate change. Simon’s panel of guests were: Louisa Bowles, Hawkins/Brown; Ana Rita Martins, Woodalls; Mina Hasman, SOM; Smith Mordak, Buro Happold; Jess Hrivnak, RIBA; Rachael Owens, Buckley Gray Yeoman and Joe Jack Williams, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.

New to SDS was our series of Legends Live interviews bringing together some leading design industry personalities to interview their legends. Up on stage was Hotel Designs’ Hamish Kilburn who selected Conran’s Tina Norden as his legend; FX magazine’s Theresa Dowling was also up on stage, she chose Sally Storey from Lighting Design International as her legend and architect Phil Coffey of Coffey Architects was joined by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris’ Paul Monaghan.

18 presentations took place on the Main Stage on a stage designed by Emily Skinner of Evan James Design.