Discover the latest surface materials at the Surface Design Show 2019

Discover the latest surface materials at the Surface Design Show 2019

If you're on the look out for interesting materials to clad floors, walls and other interior/exterior surfaces, don't miss the Surface Design Show in London

By Hari Alexander
Rug Maker

The Surface Design Show runs from 5-7 February at the Business Design Centre in London's Islington. It's agreat place to see new products  coming onto the market. Anyone on the look out for eco-friendly materials won't be disappointed - many of the exhibitors put strong emphasis on sustainability and closed-loop manufacturing, as well as on innovation. Pictured above: choose the image you want on your wool rug from Rug Maker (

Design junkies who want eco friendliness as well as innovation won't be disappointed by the products on show at this year's Surface Design Show at the Business Design Centre.

The need to work greener, so to speak, is on most manufacturers' minds and more consumers are checking out a product's eco credentials before they buy it. So visitors to this event will be looking forward to seeing products that show how design and sustainability work together.

Exhibitors include global brands such as Spanish tile giant Porcelanosa and DuPont Corian; eco and innovative carpet companies BIC (Belgium) and Ege (Denmark), and small independent design studios. The latter include UK textile designer Anne Kyyro Quinn, Cheshire-based Notarianni Glass and West Yorks-based Bottle Alley Glass, which makes splashbacks, countertops and tiles from recycled glass.

Looks like distressed wood but this urban chic flooring is made from porcelain 'planks' by Le Shack, available from Kent based Grestec Tiles
Spectrum encaustic tiles from Solus Ceramics. Encaustic tiles don't need to be fired in a kiln
4G Design's Curva chair is made from recycled PVC
4G Design's table is made from recycled plastics with a glass top

4G Design

4G, based in Kettering, is showing its contemporary range of sustainable furniture made from waste material.  The prototype Curva chair is made from recycled PVC and fully recyclable. The curvaceous Flos side table is also made from recycled PVC and is available to buy at £230.

Porcelain tiles

Tile companies are great innovators and brilliant mimics. For for areas where real wood may not be able to take heavy wear and tear year in, year out, or for people who don't want to worry about maintaining a wooden floor, wood-effect porcelain tiles are becoming a good alternative because they do look like the real thing - and you can put in underfloor heating so your feet won't freeze on a cold morning. 

Italian company Refin has a new Barrique collection of tiles that closely resemble the wood of old liqueur barrels, while Kent-based Grestec Tiles is introducing its Le Shack collection of porcelain distressed 'planks', which have an aged look perfect for that urban/industrial chic look. 

The great thing about porcelain tiles is that while a lot of energy is used in their manufacture, the material won't degrade over time, so if you want something for the long haul, they're well worth considering.

For digital printing onto ceramic mosaic tiles, don't miss Waxman Ceramics' stand.

New - contemporary wood wall panelling from Swiss Kronospan
Waxman Ceramics is showing how you can print digitally onto mosaic tiles
Cement look tiles from Waxman Ceramics.
Etnik wood mosaic from Polish company Dunin,
Cheville Parquet 
Cheville is exhibiting its innovative Cheville and Broderie Parquet collection which is made up of four- strip chevron planks, lefts and rights, so installation is similar to that of a plank floor. All Cheville floors are compatible with underfloor heating and they're supplied pre-finished so no sanding and on-site finishing is required as it is with  conventional parquet.
Attractions at the show include a comprehensive seminar programme, a Future Thinking zone and The Trend Wall which looks at what's going to be BIG in surface colours and materials over the coming year.
The Surface Design Show runs from 5-7 February.
Opening hours: 4th - 6-9pm; 5th - 11am to 9pm; and 6th Feb - 11am to 5pm.