Four Noteworthy Finds From London’s Surface Design Show

Interior Decoration Design

Four Noteworthy Finds From London’s Surface Design Show

From cladding to countertops, façades to flooring, the Surface Design Show brought more than 120 exhibitors from across the UK and beyond to London’s Business Design Centre, where architects and designers flocked this week to see the latest in the world of interior surfaces. AD stopped by and picked out four of the most noteworthy new products.

Peter Ibruegger Studio

London-based artist and designer Peter Ibruegger introduced Ouroboros, a new range of tiles named after the ancient symbol of eternity: a snake consuming its own tail. Each tile depicts a different section of the elongated serpent, which can be arranged in different combinations, offering an endless array of decorative results. Made in Stoke-on-Trent, England and decorated by hand, the tiles can be used on many surfaces, including countertops and walls.

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Cliq Designs

Quilting company Cliq Designs has been creating bedding and upholstery for over 30 years, and now they’ve turned their eye toward acoustic panels. Made from rich wools, the soft wall coverings absorb the reflected noise prevalent in restaurants, classrooms, and other busy public spaces. The panels are available in a wide array of textures and colors, and Cliq also offers bespoke pieces stitched with logos or project-specific patterns.


For those looking for an ever-verdant wall either inside or out, UK-based Vistagreen has developed artificial green walls, or vertical gardens, with an assortment of natural growing patterns that make them look more realistic. Offered in various designs named after different English landscapes (Dorset, Suffolk, Cornwall, etc.), the walls come in 100cm-square steel-grid panels for easy configuration, and can also be ordered in custom sizes.

Spyros Kizis

The Greek-born, London-based product designer Spyros Kizis presented an eco-friendly material made from cardoon, or artichoke thistle, a plant native to the western and central Mediterranean region. A small furniture collection made from the material is being put into production by the Dutch company Schaffenburg. Kizis notes that since the biodegradable material includes cardoon seeds, it’s feasible that a new plant will one day grow wherever the products are buried at the end of their useful life.