Surface Design Show 2018: discover the newest tends in retail surface design

11th January 2018

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Connecting innovative and exciting materials with an audience of architects, specifiers and designers, Surface Design Show returns to London’s Business Design Centre from 6 - 8 February 2018. The event is the place where industry people immerse themselves in the latest materials for the built environment, gain new insights and network with like-minded designers, architects and suppliers.

Surface Design Show Showcases the newest and best surfaces that the design industry has to offer, from exquisite hand crafted surfaces to the latest technological advances in architectural lighting. In 2017 over 170 exhibitors highlighted the very best in surface design.

Many of the 2018 exhibitors will be exhibiting surfaces that are perfect for retail, enabling visitors to discover the latest trends and innovations in surface design for the retail sector.

Among these will be:


Pixalux (stand LS436) is the world’s first structural and frameless LED illuminated panel. The panels are extremely strong, with built-in diffusers meaning light goes to the edge of the panel without showing LED dots. A crisp highly effective lighting solution which ensures that even the smallest of retail products will be seen at their best.

Lithos Design, (stand 638) work only with natural stones and marbles, they have a natural thinking philosophy aiming to create healthier and safer spaces. Two of the products that Lithos Design will be exhibiting at the Show are from the Opus Collection Allegro and Tangram. Used in a number of retail environments they are easy to lay and delivered in a completely finished form. Available in a variety of hues with patterns that can be extended depending on the tastes and requirements of the designer.

Chroma Colour

BluePrint Ceramics, a family run business based in Birmingham, will be returning to this year’s Surface Design Show (stand 202). Making an impact through several thought-provoking ranges the innovative collections to be exhibited are designed to push the boundaries in the world of ceramics. Playing with the idea of statement colours and bold graphics the ranges aim to bring the ‘wow’ factor to design projects. New collection Chroma-Colour offers six colours and an exaggerated woodgrain graphic that brings endless design possibilities and adds a contemporary twist to design projects.

Tile of Spain

Tile of Spain (stand 304) is the voice of the Spanish tile industry, encompassing more than 100 tile manufacturers. Renowned worldwide for an inspiring blend of aesthetic and technical innovation, Spanish tiles draw on a rich heritage of skill and creativity, while remaining at the cutting edge of design. Manufactured in Spain and widely available in the UK, the ranges have been used in a multitude of retail scenarios across the globe.

ArmourFX concrete wall panels from Armourcoat (stand 102) offer a wealth of design options to achieve a distinctive industrial style including distressed effects or recessed ‘shutter’ markings. They are ideal for a deconstructed urban look for contemporary projects. Armour FX was specified to stunning effect at the new G-Shock store in London. Through the careful use of lighting and materials including ArmourFX the environment is an embodiment of G-Shock toughness.

ADVANC3 flexible sheets from Surface Styling (stand 408) are durable surface solutions for retail interiors and a brilliant substitute for high pressure laminate. Whilst Malmo offers a stylish, hard wearing slip resistance flooring material in ten woodgrain embossed designs including classic oak and on trend greys.

Christopher Newton, Director of Surface Design Show says, “Materials really matter to architects and designers, that’s why Surface Design Show has become such an important source of knowledge and inspiration. It’s not just the variety of materials being displayed by our exhibitors that excite them, it’s also the presentations, the international Awards and the displays of the most innovative materials currently available”

Registration to attend is now live