Architects and Interior Designers flock to Surface Design Show


Exhibitors Tuesday night saw a large number of architects and interior designers flow through the doors of Surface Design Show’s  Preview Evening hosted by architect and radio and television broadcaster Maxwell Hutchinson.


The fun and informative debate entitled ’ Traditionalism, Modernism and the Vernacular’ discussed and debated the role of materials in architecture and the vernacular in the built environment.


A number of interesting questions were posed by the speakers at yesterday’s debate hosted by RIBAJ. The three carefully selected speakers, each representing a different viewpoint, presented colourful slides to illustrate their arguments.   Robert Sakula argued that materials do not determine form as form is fundamental to providing shelter. George Suarez Smith said that surface materials are best used to create beauty and decoration not form, and they have throughout history. Pernilla Ohrstedt countered by describing a series of temporary pavilions designed by her practice – including one made from hoola hoops and another from maritime rope – in which the materials form the structure and create impact.


Encouraged by Maxwell Hutchinson, the audience entered the debate. After a lively hour of debate Hutchinson summed up by saying “Surfaces or materials, honesty or truth, style or structure? These are the questions we have been tackling here.”


The Preview Evening also saw the launch of Light School, the Show’s new focus on lighting. Hosted by Sharon Stammers and Martin Lupton of Light Collective, the ‘classroom’ saw leading members of the lighting community presenting to a packed audience.


Surface Design Show, the home of innovative surfaces for architects and interior designers will be hosting a series of presentations, debates and CPD Seminars from the 4th to the 6th February 2014.

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