TREND-MONITOR went trend-spotting at The Surface Design Show which was held at The Business Design Centre, London on 7th – 9th February 2017.
The Surface Design Show exhibits the latest materials in architecture and interior design and for the past 10 years has been the only event in the UK focusing solely on interior and exterior surfaces – connecting architects, designers and suppliers to innovative surface design trends and materials.
Here’s what we spotted …
TREND #1 COMMERCIAL CRAFTING
A collection of real wood veneer sheets for wall art for commercial spaces, from national dyed wood specialists, Tabu. The sheets demonstrate a modern take on traditional marquetry techniques combining the latest technologies in dyeing and laser cutting veneer.
Handmade in a workshop in Portugal, the surface of these ‘tex-tiles’ are formed from compositions of various handicrafts including lace, embroidery, crochet and weaves. Both conventional and non-conventional materials such as rubber, silk, raffia, rope and leather are used to created the designs.
TREND #2 EMBEDDED DETAILING
Corian showing how two different colours can be seamlessly integrated into one work surface
A traditional material and artistic technique combined to give a uniquely decorative surface with a contemporary twist.
This extra thick glass panel is made up of multiple layers, which creates a 3d refraction effect inside the glass
TREND #3 ACOUSTIC GLAMOUR
The Waveform acoustic panel is a collaboration between RPG Europe and Anna Gravelle Design. A polyester foam core is upholstered with laser etched leather, which provides a soft curved form with added pattern and texture.
Developed as a ceiling panel for where this is little available wall space, The Fins are wavy-edged acoustic baffles manufactured from recycled PET bottles.