Located right in the centre of Surface Design Show, Surface Spotlight Live 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.

With a focus on new, SSL looks at the advanced properties and uses the different materials have to offer. SSL is curated by trend and colour expert Sally Angharad and global colour & trend forecasters Colour Hive.

There were two themes for Surface Spotlight Live 2020:

Sally Angharad

Colour HIve

Trend expert Sally Angharad was showcasing a selection of innovative and exciting materials under the theme; ‘Close to Home.’

“From the making process to the disposal of goods, the environmental and social impacts of consumption are very Close to Home, inspiring the Surface Spotlight 2020 vision that explores locality and issues of waste in the production chain.

Surface Spotlight Live will feature either British manufacturers/designers or companies from other countries who focus solely on ingredients local to them. A key driver for the theme will be designs that have explored recycling (especially using unexpected ingredients).”

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Global colour & trend forecasters, Colour Hive returned to present a dedicated materials installation – Materials Edit – featuring one-of-a-kind inspirational objects and materials.

Materials Edit was inspired by the drivers behind Colour Hive’s Spring Summer 2021 design story Factory.

Recognising that process is an important part of design, but one that is all too often forgotten when work is predominantly focused on a screen, Factory welcomes a return to the back to basic principles of the Bauhaus movement. When form follows function, we are reminded of the vital connection between theory and practice.”