Don't miss:Surface Design Show at Islington's Business Design Centre

Exclusive free entry for Homes & Property readers to visit this specialist trade show displaying the latest ideas and trends for your floors, walls and ceilings.

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The three-day Surface Design Show focusing on floors, walls and ceilings opened yesterday at Business Design Centre in Islington. It’s normally restricted to the trade — but this year it is giving an exclusive welcome to readers of Homes & Property. It is your chance to quiz the experts, pick up samples and discover the latest ideas and trends for the home.

Just take a copy of this page from today's Evening Standard and entry is free. You can browse the stands of 55 flooring and wallcovering specialists, and view more than 20 companies that create bespoke specialist finishes for interiors. Stone is a key material this year, with a dedicated gallery showing examples from around the world.

One focus will be on texture, says trends expert Sally Angharad. Leather, plaster, wood and metal will all play a part, whether delivered by craft techniques or hi-tech methods.

The event showcases innovative designers, such as Anna Glasbrook, who has brought her neon ribbon-threaded acrylic blocks, and Lisa Alcock, whose acrylic “dichroic light sheets”, back-lit by LEDs, pulse with colour as you alter your angle of view.

On Wednesday 10 February, the show is open until 9pm, with a popular “PechaKucha” session — the name comes from the Japanese for chitchat — starting at 6pm. A succession of designers and architects are each showing 20 images of favourite surfaces for 20 seconds, with a description that must be similarly brief.

On Thursday 11 February, the show closes at 5pm, with a presentation of the Surface Design Awards at 1pm.


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