#SurfaceMatterSelects is a week of immersive events hosted at Surface Matter by a range of makers, designers and experts, with a focus on material design. Come visit our materials library, join the events, and meet our exciting collaborators.


Designers and manufacturers are no longer interested in simply adding colour to a surface. They are starting to explore how colour can be incorporated in a more circular and conscientious way. Colour Via: an explorative exhibition, open throughout the week, will showcase innovative approaches to colouring materials in a post-industrial world. A variety of objects and swatches will demonstrate sensitive approaches to production that will be challenging current toxic industrial colour mass manufacture methods.

Join Laura Perryman from Colour of Saying, for a panel discussion addressing the future of conscientious colour usage, featuring designers from the material display. The talk will be hosted at Surface Matter.

Monday 17th // 7pm- 9pm

Get a seat here


Surface Matter will launching an exciting new product in collaboration with Shape Studio for London Design Festival. The creative team behind the Bristol based studio are designing and making stylish yet fun and innocent adult games with the innovative recycled paper composite Richlite. The Surface Matter studio will be open all week to drop into and try out the games yourself!

Late Night
Our 'Game On' late night event on Wednesday 19th will be the official launch, join us for an evening of games, mingling, drinking and nibbles.

Wednesday 19th // 6.30pm- 9pm

Join us! RSVP here


Workshop Join Proto Paper Lab, paper producer and folding specialist, to learn basic folding techniques and explore a range of three-dimensional geometric forms using protopaper grid.

Protopaper is a pre-perforated geometric paper used to design, create and visualise 3D prototypes from its triangular mesh. Suitable for architects, artists, graphic, textile, fashion, book designers, model makers, set designers and paper enthusiasts.

Saturday 15th // 1pm- 3pm

All levels welcome - no experience necessary. Book a spot here



Join Surface Designer Katie Gillies at one of her 2-hour workshops where you will explore the possibilities of the material jesmonite. Katie will be teaching the wonders of the material, allowing you to design and create your very own bespoke pair of jesmonite coasters. She will show you how to mix the material, cast it into silicone moulds and create your individual Terrazzo designs. 

Friday 21st + Saturday 22nd // 10am- 12pm

Grab tickets here


Designers Jane Bowler and Heather Orr will be taking you on an exciting journey at their Experimental Macrame & Materials workshop. You will transform unusual and recycled materials while learning and exploring surface, structure, pattern and colour as you macrame around 3D shapes, incorporate embellishments and experiment with material manipulation. Suitable for beginners as well as those interested in expanding their skills.

You will also have the opportunity to speak to the designers and view pieces from previous Jane Bowler collections up close in the setting of the Surface Matter studio.

Thursday 20th // 6.30pm- 9pm

Get your hands on tickets here