So this is a nice easy one for me, with Islington beign my home I really don't have to travel very far. However, this is a fantastic show to go to as it is very condensed - for me this is great, I am not one of those people who goes walking around shows for hours and hours on end. I am in and out - I know what I like if I see it I go on the stand, get a brochure, have a chat about samples, timelines, prices and then move on. This way I don't end up with:
1. A whole bunch of beautifully put together brochures from companies that I am never going to use and will eventually end up in the recycling bin
2. Glassy eyes from trying to see too much, I only see the things that are relevant to me and my clients.
For these reason Surface is fantastic, it is basically all about surfaces (give away in the name, right?) So there are natural stone companies, tiles, metals, coatings - all of which can be used for flooring, cladding, ceilings, and wall coverings.
This year things to look out for are, the trend wall by Mix. We don't tend to stick to 'trends' in our designs however it is always great to see what is out there as the availability of products in certain colours is definitely affected by the trends.
I am looking forward to finding some new suppliers, and catching up with some old ones. Surface Design Show is on from the 7th to the 9th of February at the Business Design Centre Islington.