Taking a closer look at the New Talent at this year's Surface Design Show

Enis Akiev

We're getting ready for this year's Surface Design Show, set to take place at London’s Business Design Centre next month to provide a platform for architects, designers and specifiers in the capital to explore the best in interior and exterior surface materials, lighting design, development and innovation.

For more than 10 years, the event has been the place where industry professionals immerse themselves in the latest materials for the built environment, gain new insights and network with like-minded creatives and suppliers.

Introduced for 2019 is New Talent, a section we're proud to be supporting at Material Source. Curated by the internationally acclaimed speaker and forward-thinking Chief Creative Director at Trendease International, Jennifer Castoldi, all the New Talent exhibitors are up-and-coming designers within the surface and materials sector who have been in the industry for five years or less.

You can expect to meet experimental materials studio MUUNA; Laura Evans Designs; material and surface designer Orla Lawn and artist and designer Tomasz Maker.

Jennifer says of the New Talent participants: "With my team at Trendease, travelling around the globe scouting new talent, innovations, and market directions‎, we develop a network of design professionals that help take the industry towards a brighter future.

"For our collaboration with Surface Design Show, we are pleased to present a collection of startups who will inspire the attendees of the show. Many of the new talents are available for commissions and some have their own product lines, while others are providing services like micro manufacturing. By supporting the talented new market entrants, Surface Design Show will be highlighting the freshest ideas in material design."



Creative design atelier MUUNA produces bespoke fabric developments. The studio takes a progressive approach to surface design, combining specialist skills such as hand weaving and embroidery with unique processes to create innovative and sensory surfaces.

Its team can be commissioned to undertake specific projects or collaborations and can custom produce materials for an array of applications such as encapsulations, wall coverings and installation. 



Charlotte Jade, meanwhile, offers an eye-catching range of hand-drawn designs that celebrate the fascinating plants and animals living on our planet. The ethos behind the company is simple: to reconnect us with the natural world.

Based on the concept of biophilic design, the Charlotte Jade collections focus on the benefits of bringing elements of nature back into our lives, to reduce stress, aid mental wellbeing and improve productivity. By celebrating the shapes, form, patterns, textures and colours prevalent in our natural environment, Charlotte Jade brings the outside in and restores our affinity with nature. 

In her work, Enis Akiev is focused on post-consumer plastic waste as a resource. Her Plastic Stone Tiles, created in a process inspired by rock formation, increase the value of disposable packaging waste and make it accessible as an aesthetically pleasing and durable material. Through her work Enis hopes to "give impulses to rethink the general understanding of resources and to stimulate exploration of materials".

Inspired by the luxurious marble veneers of early 20th-century interiors, Spelk by surface designer Orla Lawn is a fresh take on decorative plywood panelling. Through developing a colourful handcrafted finishing technique, Orla elevates a common economical building material to an elegant surface product. Spelk has a splintery look with a silky-smooth feel, inviting you to explore through touch.

Orla Lawn

Orla Lawn

Encouraging visitors to get tactile, Yasmine Kiris’ Jesmonite and plaster works are, as she describes "there to be interacted with, to feel the bumps and bows, as you would find on the human body on various scales".

Employing high-end printing techniques and combining them with clever artwork, Carmine Lake’s wallpapers are at once beautiful and smart. Their designs portray new takes on stucco and have fun with scale and proportions. You will find it hard to resist reaching out to touch these wall surfaces.

Other exhibitors are Aya Kawabata Design whose incredible fabric designs hang like artwork; Blue Bamboo Designs, creators of biophilic inspired cork and wood wall tiles, screens and coverings with acoustic and thermal qualities; fabric and wallpaper designer Chloe Nalwoga who will show a selection of her gorgeous wallcoverings; artist Laura Evans who will show intricate, colourful pen and ink drawn works; digital print experts Sleek Editions will showcase their fabrics for interior design and upholstery; the hand-made interior wall finishes of Vacarda Design, created using Italian plaster to beautifully textured effect and a selection of Woodchip & Magnolia’s sumptuous and fun wallpaper designs will be on show.

Showing the full gamut of surfaces from tile to fabric, the New Talent Exhibitors are "ones-to-watch" and so a must-see at Surface Design Show 2019. Registration is free and open now at www.surfacedesignshow.com.