Celebrating 10 years


Date: 26.04.2024

London Design Festival 2023
Surface Matter 10 Year Celebration
29 Westgate Street, London E8 3RL

SURFACE MATTER celebrate 10 years with events, displays and a transformed material studio, inspired by the raw forms of materials, and showcasing our material heroes.

After a decade supporting, inspiring, and connecting creatives with some of the most exciting materials out there, we rejoin Shoreditch Design Triangle for London Design Festival. Join us to see what materials are made of, how surfaces can transform design – improving impact, longevity, wear, strength, health value and inspiration. With material sessions that take an in-depth look at new materials and trusted surfaces, alongside a week-long open studio, we'll also host our fourth Studio Social, on the first anniversary of a programme looking at social and environmental sustainability... plus a late opening to celebrate 10 years, as part of the Shoreditch Design Triangle Late Night Evening.

The soft launch of the newest material to our collection, Pierreplume is created by designers to address the challenges of the circular economy using waste as a resource. The tactile acoustic surfaces reinvent textile recycling, producing lightweight panels with the look of natural stone. The colours come from different fibres of fabric and discarded textiles, and can quickly and easily transform spaces. The acoustic solutions can be used in any area where sound reduction, texture and circular materiality are desired. Find material samples, displays and raw fibres in the studio.

New dimensional decorative panels with playful surfaces and textures. Taking a recycled paper composite material machined with sharp details, for a look and feel like blackened steel or carved stone, that will wear and patina. Withstanding heavy use, it's ideal for applications like lift car panels and stairways, restaurant and office wall cladding, bathroom interiors and design features. Being made with such a dense material allows intricate, lasting detail that won't chip or get worn out with age. With efficient production, the panels are ready for install without visible fixings, quickly and easily. Launching with a collection of patterns that can be customised to create drama and add texture to a space.

Milled paper from Richlite in the creation of Shaped dimensional panelling. A pile of shavings and dust from the making of against the finished panels.