Surface Design 2017 Preview
by Olga Alexandru
It’s fitting that the week Houzz released their 2017 UK Kitchen Trends Study is also the week before the Surface Design Show. Held at the Business Design Center in Islington from February 7-9 it is one of the most anticipated design shows of the year. One of the most interesting things revealed in the Houzz study was that the most important consideration when purchasing a kitchen worktop and flooring was look and feel. This means that even more than durability or ease of cleanliness the most important aspect of buying a new worktop or flooring is touch and aesthetic. We spend so much time in our kitchens so it makes sense that we want it to feel right. Humans are tactile by nature and with the amount of choices available we now want more from our surfaces. Enter Surface Design.
Surface Design is all about interior and exterior surfaces. They have brought together the best offerings of surface materials from all over the world under one roof. From flooring and wall coverings to lighting and cladding any material you could think of will be there. To make it easy we’ve created a preview with our top picks:
It doesn’t get much more sustainable than this. Recycling local porcelain and TV screen glass, AluSid has created a material called SilicaStone. Fused with heat, not resin, it won’t change colour over time. It’s made in the UK having a much lower carbon footprint than most natural stone. With the process being so eco friendly that it doesn’t accumulate any manufacturing waste SilicaStone is a definite winner. This material is used for cladding and tiling but the possibility to be used for other surfaces is there to be explored.
We predicted the rise of industrial lighting earlier this year so we’re not surprised to see the high demand for unique features. Factorylux offer ready made lighting or components for the DIY enthusiast allowing for a variety of interesting combinations. Their industrial aesthetic goes beyond filament bulbs. From cage to steampunk pendants they are on the forefront of the industrial lighting game. And they just happen to be British. Their display at Surface Design is sure to wow!
They might be the new kid on the block but EK Colours are already creating some memorable decorative ceramic tiles. Their first collection, Alphabet, shows off a fun and quirky design aesthetic. The brainchild of Esther Khang, all of the tiles are designed and handcrafted in the UK. Delivering bespoke design services to interior designers as well as individuals they are sure to drum up some interesting business. We can’t wait to see what’s next for the EK Colours team!