One of a Kind at Surface Spotlight Live, one of the highlights at Surface Design Show 2019

Next month, the Surface Design Show 2019 will take place at London’s Business Design Centre, providing a platform to explore the best in interior and exterior surface materials, lighting design, development and innovation.

A highlight for Material Source will be Surface Spotlight Live, a dedicated trend-focused installation curated in collaboration by trend expert Sally Angharad and colour forecasters Colour Hive. The theme, One of a Kind, will hope to inspire a kinder approach to design. A series of "thought-provoking and innovative" products will be on display, all of which go beyond aesthetics to promote meaningful experiences, with highlights for the workplace and public realm.

Colour Hive and its publication MIX Magazine will bring back its own detailed exploration of trends in its installation, The Trend Cluster. The duo will display materials, products and objects that effectively communicate and inspire the trend for Kinship, as identified by them for Spring/Summer 2020.

In One Of A Kind, Sally Angharad will present a selection of materials from exhibitors and guest makers and brands, chosen for their innovative design and development. As a trend expert, Sally researches the latest materials, often unearthing pioneering and inventive products that put the discovery of better materials ahead of aesthetic requirements – often altering the attitude towards what is desirable.

One of the exhibiting material makers to be featured is Orla Lawn (stand 544), a recent graduate of the Royal College of Art’s Masters in Mixed Media Textile Design. Working with combinations of many hard and soft materials, from concrete, wood and Jesmonite to silk, foam and chocolate, her work to date has explored tactility in the built environment and the boundaries between textiles and interiors.

An experienced exhibitor, Panaz (stand 140) will also feature, showcasing its SilicaStone product, created from waste glass and ceramics. SilicaStone can be used indoors and out. A versatile and highly durable material, it can be applied to table-tops, flooring and wall treatments in the workplace and public realm.

A guest material maker, Made of Air is combatting climate change. In an extraordinary process, its material is formed of waste biomass – atmospheric carbon – that has been baked into a solid char - where the CO2 is converted into carbon. This material can then be used to create a sustainable alternative material for use in construction, interiors and furniture. By repurposing and eventually landfilling, the material completes a larger circle: the carbon loop, returning the carbon originally burned into the atmosphere, back to the ground.

Another guest, Poppy Pippin, has created a range of terracotta ‘Moss Tiles’, designed to encourage moss growth. Applied in public realm areas, the tiles can help absorb carbon dioxide, enhancing surrounding air quality.

Exhibiting at the Surface Design Show 2019, PHEE (stand 544) recycles washed-up Sea Grass to make a variety of items from sunglasses to phone cases and furniture. A true sustainability project, PHEE aims to promote environmental and social responsibility.

Registration for Surface Design Show 2019 is free and now open at