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It’s time to wash away those January blues for 2020 as February falls into focus. Fill your February with inspiration and keep the New Year momentum going with a selection of upcoming design events in London, Stockholm and Dusseldorf! Scroll down to find out more.

Upcoming Events:

Stockholm Design Week
Image credits: Jonas Sveningsson | Stockholm Design Week

3rd – 9th February

Stockholm Design Week – Stockholm, Sweden

Together with Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, Stockholm Design Week has established itself as the most important week of the year for Scandinavian Design since its launch in 2002. During Stockholm Design Week the city of Stockholm is buzzing with design events. Stockholm becomes the perfect place for everyone connected to, or interested in, design to meet and thrive, discover new impulses, broaden their network and get inspired. A meeting place for buyers, architects, designers, press and influences from all over the world.

Surface Design

11th – 13th February

Surface Design Show – London, United Kingdom

For architects and designers the Surface Design Show has become an essential date in the calendar. Billed as the only event in the UK that focuses solely on interior and exterior surfaces, the Surface Design Show is an opportunity to meet suppliers and experience innovative and exciting materials.

EuroShop 2020
Image credits: Constanze Tillmann | Messe Düsseldorf

16th – 20th February

EuroShop 2020 – Düsseldorf, Germany

EuroShop is the world’s largest trade fair for retail investment requirements. Future-oriented and dynamic as the industry itself, the trade fair presents itself in seven fascinating retail dimensions with all the trends and topics that are moving the future. At EuroShop 2020, the 550 international exhibitors of the experience dimension “Retail Technology” (from the more than 2,300 international EuroShop exhibitors) provide impressive proof of this. In the run-up to EuroShop, we had a look around the international stores to see what is already being offered to customers in terms of high-tech.

SBID Regional Living

28th February

SBID Regional Event: Living Home Tech – Poole, United Kingdom

Founded by the 3 brothers Wes, Wayne and Luke Crutcher in 2005, Living is one of the most respected Smart Home and Lighting firms in the world. The event offers the chance for designers to enhance their knowledge of Home Cinema and Media Rooms. One of the qualified Directors will give a presentation on how they design their award winning Cinema rooms and allow attendees to experience their Media and Cinema set ups.

Interested in attending? Email [email protected] to register now!

Latest News:

James Lathtam

James Latham acquires Dresser Mouldings 

James Latham has acquired the market leading specialist, timber and cladding processor, Dresser Mouldings. Having enjoyed a long-standing business relationship with Dresser, the move will enable James Latham to increase its offering in processed timber, developing specialist products for the specification market.

Dresser specialises in the processing and vacuum coating of bespoke timber products, the production of timber mouldings and other specialist timber machining. Commenting on the acquisition, Andrew Wright, Managing Director at Lathams Limited said, “This was a strategic decision which will allow us to develop our existing timber moulding, cladding and timber coatings business. It will also enable us to continue to invest in product and business development.”

If you’d like to feature your design industry news and events on the SBID blog, click here to find out more or email us [email protected]

The New Year is just around the corner, and what better way to start planning ahead for 2020 than with a host of fresh inspirations and the low-down on the latest trends and innovations from the must-attend trade events of the season. Check out our selection of interior design events and take advantage of SBID’s complimentary ticket offers to help kick-start your creative juices this coming January!

Messe Frankfurt
Image credits: Pietro Sutera | Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH

7th – 10th January

Heimtextil – Frankfurt, Germany

Heimtextil is a international trade fair for home and contract textiles. With its new products for interior textiles, design and trends, it kicks off the upcoming season and gives important impulses to both exhibiting companies and professional visitors from all over the world. The product portfolio is supported by a varied programme of specialist lectures by internationally renowned experts, themed tours, and an extensive textile material library.

10th – 13th January

DOMOTEX – Hannover, Germany

A leading trade show and the biggest innovations and trend platform for the flooring industry. It is the place to soak up inspiration for luxurious fitted carpets, elegant solid wood parquet, magnificent rugs or stylish designer floor coverings as DOMOTEX provides interior designers with a unique overview of flooring trends, as well as insights into contemporary interior design solutions and new materials.

Complimentary tickets are available through SBID. Email [email protected] for more information.

Living Divani

13th – 19th January

imm cologne – Cologne, Germany

Hosted at the start of the year, imm cologne is where the interiors industry gathers to present and discover new launches from around the world, to experience the major future trends and make a successful start to the new season. The trade fair is a must-attend event for senior decision makers from all international markets and the interior design scene as a whole. 

Messe Frankfurt
Image credits: Gustav Kaiser | Stockholmsmässan

14th – 17th January

Formex – Stockholm, Sweden

Launched in 1960 and now hosting up to 800 exhibitors per fair with products within interior design, fashion and accessories, Formex brings together national and international buyers, agents, designers, producers and media from all over the interior and design industry. A meeting place where it is easy to find new products, get inspiration, discover trends, meet new exhibitors and do business together. 

MAISON OBJET event image

17th – 21st January

MAISON&OBJET – Paris, France

As an international authority for home decor, interior design, architecture, lifestyle, culture and trends, MAISON&OBJET showcases the latest innovations and inspirations with its annual shows, events and digital platform. The Parisian trade fair brings together market professionals from across the industry, from brands, designers, interior designers and stylists, to buyers, hoteliers, restaurateurs and trend hunters… making it a key event for establishing new contacts and cultivating relationships with existing partners.

Complimentary tickets are available through SBID. Email [email protected] for more information.

Messe Frankfurt

17th – 26th January

DesignTO – Toronto, Canada

Going into its 10th year, the DesignTO Festival (formerly the Toronto Design Offsite Festival) transforms Toronto into a hub for creativity, taking art and design out of the studio and into the urban sphere. Canada’s largest annual celebration of design and contemporary culture, provides opportunities for emerging talent and engages the community with exceptional and accessible public programming.

If you’d like to feature your design industry news and events on the SBID blog, click here to find out more or email us [email protected]

For some, December is a time for festivities; relaxing by the fire with a mulled wine or gearing up for all those Christmas parties – but if business is still on your brain this season and you’re not quite ready to hang up your Christmas stockings and call it a year, we’re sharing some of the upcoming design events to attend – as well as some exciting details about SBID’s latest announcement, due to launch this December!

3rd – 8th December

Design Miami – Miami, USA 

Design Miami/ is the global forum for design. Each fair brings together the most influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators and critics from around the world in celebration of design culture and commerce. More than a marketplace for design, professionals gather to present museum-quality exhibitions of twentieth and twenty-first century furniture, lighting and objets d’art. Each show balances exclusive commercial opportunities with progressive cultural programming, creating collaborations between designers, design institutions, panels and lectures with luminaries from the world of design, architecture, art and fashion.


4th – 5th December

[email protected] – Düsseldorf, Germany

The unique exhibition layout of [email protected] was created to ensure optimal contact between exhibitors and visitors, as visitors are automatically led along a route that winds its way through the exhibitors stands, showcasing their latest innovations. At [email protected], traditional aisles are transformed into lounge zones: places to enjoy a drink, to network and to provide further explanation about innovative products, applications or services.

Click here to register


4th – 6th December

The Buildings Show 2019 – Toronto, Canada

Lead for success. Empowering design professionals to improve business and industry practices, solve problems and save time and money while earning education credits for ARIDO and IDCEC. This year, The Buildings Show will be running from Wednesday 4th December, with opportunities to explore new technology innovations, attend informational sessions and connect with industry influencers.

Alongside showcasing inspiring and informative design concepts, the Buildings Show offers interior conversations about lighting, design trends for colour, kitchens and baths, workplaces, accessibility and inclusive design, social resilience and wellness, BIM, AI and the future of work. As well as this year’s series of roundtables and workshops which will dig deeper into specific issues affecting design professions; like designing with mass timber, cross-pollinating design ideas, and more.

Click here to register


SBID Product Design Awards 2020 launch visual

SBID Product Design Awards 2020 launching December!

The SBID Product Design Awards 2020 will officially open for entries this December. Designed to recognise, reward and celebrate the industry in product design, the Awards will showcase world-class manufacturers and designers who provide solutions, which in turn raise industry standards through the innovation and functionality of products for the interior design sector. Covering a diverse range of specialisms, the winning product designs will be judged in categories across Furniture, Lighting, Flooring, Surfaces, and more. With each entry being evaluated by leading, internationally-admired interior designers and pan-industry experts, confirmed judges for the SBID Product Design Awards 2020 include; Group CEO and Executive VP at Unilever Prestige, Vasiliki Petrou; Head of Interior Architecture at Zaha Hadid Architects, Kar Ho; Director of Interior Design at IHG, Henry Reeve; Head of Harrods Interior Design, Letitia Fitzgibbon; and Director of the Cowell Group, Nicholas Cowell.

For sponsorship enquiries, email event[email protected]

It’s never too late in the year to seek out new inspirations so brush up on the latest industry trends and product launches with the must-attend design events for November. With BATIMAT 2019 set to take Paris by storm with it’s international trade event for architecture, building and construction, Downtown Design 2019 takes on Dubai to offer design professionals insight into the Middle East’s fast evolving design scene. SBID Members can also reap the rewards with exclusive member offers, VIP access and complimentary tickets… Scroll down to find out more!


4th – 8th November

BATIMAT 2019 – Paris, France

Le Mondial du Bâtiment returns to Paris-Nord Villepinte with INTERCLIMA, IDÉOBAIN and BATIMAT coming together as the leading international event for the architecture, building and construction industries. It is a one stop shop for all industry players to get a 360º view on the newest products in the sector, boasting up to 2,400 exhibitors from construction and bathroom materials, to comfort and energy efficiency. Helping professionals to rise up to the challenges of today and tomorrow.

SBID Members get VIP access with complimentary tickets, email [email protected] 


12th – 15th November

Downtown Design 2019 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates 

A key event of Dubai Design Week, Downtown Design is the Middle East’s leading design fair for original and high-quality design. The Fair offers design professionals the opportunity to gain a competitive edge in the Middle East’s fast evolving design scene with a dynamic programme of discovery and networking.

Alongside the latest collections from international brands and a line-up of thought-provoking talks and workshops featuring global design experts, the fair’s Trade Programme is curated to help architects, interior designers and other trade professionals raise their profile in the industry and make meaningful relationships with industry decision-makers.

SBID Members receive access to the VIP opening and preview on 12 November.

Click here to register


13th – 15th November 2019

MAPIC: The international retail property event – Cannes, France

With 8,600 participants including 2,100 retailers and 2,500 developers, MAPIC is considered one of the world’s most important events for the retail real estate market. It offers UK companies access to key decision-makers seeking to attract new retailers and innovative ways to increase footfall and provide entertainment and experiential offerings to augment the traditional retail mix within shopping centres and future mall developments. The Department for International Trade (DIT) will host a UK Lounge at MAPIC 2019 promoting the wealth of established brands that exist within the UK’s retail sector and the innovative services UK designers and experiential companies can offer the international market. The Lounge will bring together a host of experienced UK companies working successfully within the retail, creative design and experience economy sectors to showcase their expertise and services at this key international event.

Click here to register


21st November

SBID Breakfast Meeting – London, United Kingdom

The first of the leading sanitaryware brands in Europe to offer taps from a 3D metal printer, GROHE will host the next SBID Breakfast Meeting on Thursday 21st November. In collaboration with Cradle to Cradle certified, tile manufacturer Mosa, the event will take place at their showroom in London. The Breakfast Meeting offers designers to attend 2 SBID Accredited CPD seminars:

Mosa will present their Accredited CPD on ‘How cradle to cradle contributes to a sustainable design’

Grohe will present their Accredited CPD on ‘Water Saving without compromising on performance’

To register your interest in attending, email [email protected]

Beginning with fresh insight into the Vectorworks® 2020 to help designers and architects harness the latest software tools and workflows, October is punctuated by the announcement of the SBID International Design Awards winners for 2019. The month culminates with the eagerly anticipated SBID International Design Awards ceremony to celebrate global design excellence on 25th October, as well as SBID’s popular annual networking event which is due to return with a brand-new series of business seminars.

1st October 

Vectorworks Annual Design Day – London, United Kingdom

Meet the Vectorworks team in London on Tuesday 1st October as they present the powerful new workflows in Vectorworks® 2020 at Vectorworks’ Annual Design Day 2019. Explore the future of Vectorworks while enjoying opportunities in the following areas:

To register your interest in attending, email [email protected]

SBID Education Design Council event featuring an image of a design-led classroom learning environment

9th October

Learning Environment Transitions – Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The SBID Education Council invite both Designers and Education professionals to an event hosted by University of Edinburgh and City of Edinburgh Council on Wednesday 9th October to hear a presentation from Anne Knock on Learning Environment Transitions. Having spent 17 years as a primary school teacher and 15 years working directly with schools, systems, teachers, school boards and architects to facilitate change and create collaborative learning environments, Anne has learnt the language of design. Anne will be visiting Edinburgh as part of the International Study Tour that she hosts, with guests including educational leaders and architects. Earlier in the day the tour group will visit a local nursery and schools. During Anne’s presentation she will be sharing her insight about design principles and shaping the educational brief with a focus on the Learning Environment Transitions. This will follow on to an open discussion about the observations and considerations of the transitioning between learning environments form Nursery through to University.

To register your interest in attending, email [email protected]

15th October 

Designs From the Past, Inspiration for the Future (CPD Talk and Tour) – Maidenhead, United Kingdom

Join this CPD talk and guided tour on the origin and history of the Textile Design Archive held by the John Lewis Partnership in their Heritage Centre based in Maidenhead. Starting at 11am, this talk focuses on historic textile printing techniques, the work of reputable designers and how these have inspired more recent designs and products. This is followed by a Q&A session with a John Lewis Partnership Archivist, then a guided tour of the Heritage Centre including the textile gallery where the original artworks for many designs from c1800 onwards are displayed.

To register your interest in attending, email [email protected]

24th October

SBID Meet the Buyer  – London, United Kingdom

The Society of British and International Design’s popular annual networking event returns on 24th October with a brand new location and even more opportunities for attendees. Set to be the biggest to date, the one-day event will feature a new series of business seminars, new manufacturers and a new home – Grosvenor House, Park Lane in London. The SBID Meet The Buyer event brings together some of the best interior designers, architects and specifiers to meet face to face with leading, design-led product manufacturers from around the world. Complete with networking opportunities, face to face contact with decision makers, the event also presents a brand-new series of business seminars for designers and manufacturers to gain valuable advice – as well as engage in discussions about challenges the industry faces from some of the most esteemed experts in their field.

Click here to find out more or book your place now

25th October

SBID International Design Awards 2019 – London, United Kingdom

The SBID International Design Awards became the first interior design award scheme to be accredited with the GOLD Standard Awards Trust Mark by The Independent Awards Standards Council, who commended the programme as “exemplar in how awards should be operated”. The SBID Awards programme is set to culminate with a dazzling ceremony at one of London’s most iconic locations in the Ballroom at Grosvenor House hotel in Mayfair on Friday 25th October. In opulent surroundings, the finalists, judges and sponsors from across the world come together to celebrate being part of a community that represents excellence in global design; where the winners across 15 categories will be presented with the beautiful SBID International Design Award 2019 trophy, expertly crafted by Czech glass specialist, Sans Souci Glass Deco.

To rub shoulders with the world’s leading interior designers, click here to book a table

MAISON&OBJET PARIS (M&O) has been around since 1995 as the international trade fair for the lifestyle, decoration and design sector, and today more than ever it has become the not-to-be-missed event for industry professionals seeking clever design solutions to help attract and retain customers.

The workplace revolution: new living spaces

Our new relationship with work, driven by social change, is reinventing the office. Digitisation is making us more mobile and liberating us from traditional work settings. Work is now nomadic. Collaborative and participatory tools have led to the rise of co-working spaces, which offer a more enjoyable and interactive way to work. ln the age of social media and rugged individualism, employees are taking ownership of their workspace and personalising it. Faced with these new challenges, manufacturers, distributors, space planners and fitters are turning to residential design to give workspaces more personality and make them more friendly, comfortable and creative, helping companies attract and retain talent.

Maison & Objet September 2019 exhibitor image feature on SBID interior design blog
Maison & Objet September 2019 exhibitor image feature on SBID interior design blog

MAISON&OBJET: a laboratory for expressing today’s new art of working

ln September, MAISON&OBJET will be turning the spotlight on a brand new theme: WORK!, uniting the entire sector. The very best furnishings for today’s offices and work spaces will be showcased in a dedicated zone of 1.000 sq.m and accompanied by a special WORK! trail pinpointing all the exhibitors offering work related design solutions. The theme’s most exciting new finds, curated by Chantal Hamaide and staged by Philippe Boisselier, will be featured in one of the “What’s New” zones, highlighting some of the many furnishings, items and accessories that can help add personality to a new workspace.

This edition will also feature a conference programme dedicated to WORK! and presented by market experts, notably giving visitors the opportunity to discover exemplary projects with an international emphasis. Business meetings will raise bring all those responsible for finding office design solutions face to face with manufacturers and designers over the course of the 5-day event.

Last but net least, an expert will present his architect’s vision by staging a zone that focuses on interaction: an immersive experience showcasing today’s new sociable work spaces.

Serving up inspiration for Hoteliers and Restaurateurs

Nowadays, anyone who steps through the door of a café, hotel or restaurant is looking for so much more than tasty food or a comfortable place to stay. Today’s
customers are demanding, ultra-connected and increasingly aware of how their surroundings look, even if they’re just there to grab a quick coffee! They’re keen to explore new vibes and discover “Instagrammable” venues offering one-of-a-kind experiences that don’t just satisfy their taste buds but stimulate every single sense.

M&O showcases a vast range of solutions that can help hospitality professionals give the 2.0 customer exactly what they want by catering to the industry’s changing needs. The upcoming edition of MAISON&OBJET PARIS is set to celebrate the art of hospitality, sharing and savouring. The perfect opportunity for industry professionals to explore new concepts, make new contacts and discover thousands of brands.

To help café owners, hoteliers and restaurateurs find their way around the  abundance of aisles, a special trail has been put together focusing on their specific needs. Not only will the trail enable them to explore cookware and tableware solutions from iconic brands such as De Buyer, Revol, Gien and Serax or furnishings and design solutions from big names such as Normann Copenhagen, Duravit and Bloomingville, but it will also invite them to discover coverings, design pieces and furniture that suit the hotel and restaurant trade’s specific usage needs, including the need for customisation.

Lastly, conference sessions chaired by industry experts will offer a brand new insight into the impact interior design is having on the hotel and restaurant trade. Triple Michelin-starred chef Frédéric Anton and the architect Aline Asmar D’Amman will take to the stage to chat about the design of the prestigious Eiffel Tower-based restaurant, the Jules Verne, whilst the Managers of the La Réserve group will offer an insight into the secrets behind their confidential hotels’ closely cherished identity.

You can discover more about the exhibitors set to attend this year, here

SBID Members are entitled to complimentary tickets to attend M&O! 

To claim your free ticket, email [email protected] by midday on Monday 2 September

Two of the biggest problems designers usually face in business are lining up the next project and getting paid the final instalment of the project in hand. The latter is rarely talked about but after a recent experience, I feel it is time to end the taboo and discuss this issue more openly. 

I recently won a legal case against administrator Keith Algie of RSM UK Group LLP acting against my client who was unfortunately pursued relentlessly by the administrator’s solicitor; Matthew Whyatt formerly of Cassell Moore Solicitors (no longer trading) now trading as Alexander Whyatt LLP. They wound my client’s company up for a debt of £13,000. Unfortunately, they had failed to correctly serve the payment request at the correct address provided by the client. Papers were served at an address entirely unknown to my client which resulted in their rightful ability (due to non-payment) to wind up the company and also bankrupt my client for non-payment. The claim was unopposed (due to my client not receiving the documents served by Whyatt).

After my client was put into administration, together they (Whyatt on instruction from his client Algie) tried to reclaim the designer’s fee I’d received by incorrectly claiming that no design work was carried out and that the fee therefore belonged to the administrator. My client ceased works when administrator’s fees were added to their sole debt of £13,000 for court costs. The administrator claimed £7 million. Proof of design boards, research and sourcing materials and prices was provided as evidence however it was rejected without explanation.

The solicitor, Whyatt, and his client, Keith Algie of RSM UK Group LLP, seemed hellbent on destroying my client’s business. Together they were relentless in their claim to recover the first payment of my design fee (£32,500), claiming it was a deposit and no work had been carried out. Despite supporting evidence confirmed that was not the case, they ignored this and continued to pursue me tirelessly for the repayment across a total of three years, finally ordering me to give financial evidence in court, which I did this year.

Why would I give someone my money purely because they demanded and put pressure on me over a long period of time to do so? That’s bully tactics, which I absolutely despise. I had earned my fee and proved it, so was not going to back down. When it became clear to me that they would not stop, I instructed law firm Mischon de Reya. After three years of unrelenting pursuance generating almost £150,000 in legal fees and other costs to me and £100,000 in fees for RSM, they lost their case and I was awarded over £100,000 costs.

In the vindictive pursuit of £32,500 the tables were turned. Now Mathew Whyatt’s business, Alexander Whyatt LLP, is itself in administration, just weeks after the order was made.

The first payment of £35,000 has since been received from RSM Group via Algie, the claimant, complying with the court order and advising that his solicitor had since gone into administration.

I will never walk away from a bully. When things don’t make sense to me in finance and compliance there’s usually a reason more complex than the surface suggests. Sometimes it takes years to conclude as in this case but over many years in the past, I have won several successful cases where I have challenged a bully or a conglomerate.

It is my right and my duty to stand up for my profession and for myself. I could not walk away from an injustice, regardless of personal or financial risk.

If you find yourself in a legal dispute, especially when it comes to being challenged for your work. My advice would be to stand your ground if you know you are in the right. You can buy insurance to cover legal costs, you can use mediation and you can lean on the SBID for support on legal direction and introduction without prejudice. Designers are often caught up in the issue of non-payment; largely due to the misunderstanding of the role of an interior designer on a project; and in some cases it can destroy a designer’s business. When you are paid to provide a service and fulfil the brief, regardless of gender, age or industry, you deserve to be paid.

Written by Dr Vanessa Brady OBE

Award-winning Interior Designer, CEO & Founder of the Society of British and International Design

Exclusive competition for SBID members to win a 3-day pass to Salone Del Mobile this April! 

SBID have launched a competition exclusively for SBID members to win a 3-day pass to the world renowned trade event Salone Del Mobile.

In collaboration with FLA Eventi, 10 lucky winners will receive a free 3 day pass to the 58th edition of the event held from the 9th – 14th April at Rho Fiera, Milan.

Salone del Mobile describes themselves as a system of connections, creativity and innovation. Within the space of a week, more than 300,000 creatives unite in Milan to gain inspiration. The show is split into three sections, classic, design and xLux and remains the home of furniture with over 2000 international exhibitors worldwide.

The competition is now closed. Winners will be notified by 6pm tonight (Friday 5 April 2019)


salone del moble exhibition

Salone del mobile image

Competition Terms & Conditions:

1.No purchase necessary. 2. One entry per person, no bulk or third party entries. 3. Email entries for competitions should be sent to [email protected] clearly stating in the subject header the competition you are entering. 4.Competitions are open to all UK & International residents except employees of SBID, the companies or organisations with whom the competition or offer is being run, their agents or anyone directly connected with the promotion. 5. No responsibility can be accepted for entries lost, delayed or mislaid 6. Prizes are as stated only and no cash alternatives will be given. However the promoter has the full and free right to alter arrangements or prizes should circumstances change. 7. The decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. 8. All entries and copyright in them automatically become the property of SBID. 9. All entrants to competitions and offers are deemed to have accepted these rules and agreed to be bound by them and agree to co-operate in any publicity that may arise. 10. The closing date for receipt of entries is as stated for each individual competition. The winner will be decided by a random from the correct entries received during the promotion period. Decisions of the promoter relating to the drawing and all matters relating to this promotion will be final and binding. The odds of winning a prize will depend on the number of eligible entries received. 11. By providing your email address and entering this competition you agree to receive relevant email communications from SBID including news, events, offers and competitions. 12. The Promoter reserves the right to verify the eligibility of entrants and check their identity 13. The prize is a free 3 day pass to Salone Del Mobile in Milan. The prize does not include flights or accommodation. 14. The prize may not be used in conjunction with any other offer hosted by the Promoter. 15. The Promoter reserves the right to substitute a prize of equivalent or greater value if this is necessary for reasons beyond its control. 16.The winner will be contacted and notified by SBID. 17.  The Promoter reserves the right to re-draw the winner if they cannot be contacted within a reasonable period of time (to be established at the promoter’s sole discretion) and the right to disqualify any entrant or select an alternative winner in the event that it believes that any entrant has contravened these Terms and Conditions. 18 Submitting an entry to this Competition is deemed to be acceptance by the entrants of these Terms and Conditions. The Promoter reserves the right to alter, amend or foreclose this Competition without prior notice in the event that unforeseen circumstances make this unavoidable. 19. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any loss, damage, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant resulting from entering this Competition or by the entrant’s acceptance of the prize. 20.  Promoter: SBID 10 Molasses Row, Plantation Wharf. London SW11 3UX

Whether you want to ensure your client’s showers are safe and stylish with innovative design and anti-slip surfaces; make your colour selections easier with the newest Colour Atlas on the market; or even design a bespoke, statement finish for your glass projects – browse our December edit of newly released products and developments to upgrade your designs for the year ahead.

RAL product feature for SBID interior design blog

The new RAL DESIGN SYSTEM plus, D4 Colour Atlas has been released

The new RAL DESIGN SYSTEM is based on a 3D MODEL. It arranges the colours in three dimensions, according to hue, lightness and saturation. The Colour Atlas makes the system available in a handier binder and thus presents a swift, systematic overview of the over 1,825 current colour nuances with colour codes and additional colour information, which, for example, helps trend consultants in the development of collections.

Click to shop


RAK Ceramics product feature for SBID interior design blog

RAK Ceramics shower tray Collection receives Award for ‘Best Bathroom Innovation’

Imagine a shower area where quality and harmony merges with form and functionality, providing users with the utmost comfort. The new RAK Ceramics shower tray, RAK-Feeling, with elegant and contemporary lines will give bathroom designs unique character and enhance those essential moments of relaxation. A luxurious finish with stone effect adds a distinctive feel to the shower area, as well as being pleasant to the touch.

RAK-Feeling is also made of RAKSOLID, a durable material composed of a mixture of natural minerals and resins with anti-slip safety. RAKSOLID meets the highest safety standards, classified in DIN 51097 Class C (the highest achievable level of slip resistance). With a surface that prohibits the growth of bacteria and fungi, alongside an excellent resistance to chemical products, the design ensures greater safety and hygiene. This is confirmed by the strictest chemical resistance tests required by the EN 14527 Standard. Additionally, the shower trays are not affected by exposure to light, proven by xenon arc lamp tests, which simulate sunlight on shower trays and verify the effects of ageing (EN ISO 4892 Standard).

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Sandy Bay product feature for SBID interior design blog

Sandy Bay London introduces the new Gentlemen’s Club range

Sandy Bay London was borne from my love of interiors and home décor. With the desire of providing an accessible luxury, for both male and female customers which can be used every day. So this is where the new range comes in; the Gentlemen’s Club Collection is designed for men, but the ladies love it too. The range is presented in impressive black and gold glassware, with stylish branding featured on both the candle and packaging. The Gentlemen’s Club comprises of 7 on-trend Fine Fragrance Blends which have been given catchy names such as City Boy, Forever Man, The Charmer, True Gentleman, Countryman, The Boss and Oudh Enigma.

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Franklite product feature for SBID interior design blog

Franklite launches 80 new product lines in their new Supplement for 2018/2019

Franklite announced the launch of their latest products for the 2018/2019 season. With the new Supplement showcasing over 80 new product lines, from traditional to contemporary, Franklite provide products to meet all a designer’s lighting needs. Featuring the Centrix 14 light fitting in a classic old gold finish, this light was designed to add contemporary focal point to any design scheme and even comes with fully adjustable arms which can be manoeuvred to fit and suit any space.

For the latest edition please email [email protected] quoting the reference: SBID1825


Daedalian Glass product feature for SBID interior design blog

Bespoke glass designs for the interior industry with Daedalian Glass Studios

Since 1986, Daedalian Glass Studios have successfully completed hundreds of glass design projects in the UK and overseas. Their unique glass designs have featured in five star hotels, foreign embassies, public buildings, commercial properties, places of worship, luxury private residencies, super-yachts and royal palaces. While all of their designs are completely distinct, they all share the same passion, creativity, hard-work and commitment to quality take it takes to produce them.

While no two projects are alike with their bespoke offering, they have developed a tried and tested process for managing glass design projects based on decades of service to the industry. Building up a reputation as experts in delivering both unique architectural features and artworks that add real value to a project, their clients range from interior designers and architects to procurement agents, contractors, property managers, artists, and private individuals.

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Velvenoir product feature for SBID interior design blog

VELVENOIR released their December selection of curated art with SBID member discount 

The international boutique art consultancy and concierge, Velvenoir offer SBID members complimentary art consultancy services and access to a curated, in-house art inventory with expert guidance as well as exclusive trade offer of 10% off any piece of art within their December selection.

Browse the selection and quote your SBID membership number to claim your discount 

As you’re resetting your focus for the New Year, start 2019 as you mean to go on – with a steady feed of interior inspiration and regular updates for the latest interior industry innovations and design developments to integrate into those new and exciting projects for the year ahead. What better way to start than with a host of design news and essential industry events to attend this January… 

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Scroll down to discover more about Maison&Objet this January and how SBID Members can claim FREE tickets to attend…

SBID student design competition Designed for Business Student Award winners

Winners of the Designed for Business Student Awards were announced!

SBID and BE OPEN announced the winners of the student design competition, Designed for Business, at the House of Commons on Thursday 29 November. Designed to showcase emerging talent and nurture relationships between students and the working world, competition Finalists, design professionals and leading educational establishments gathered for the prize-giving ceremony as the culmination of a six-month judging process.

Katarina Spenerova was announced as the Overall Winner, claiming the life-changing cash prize of £30,000, along with five other Category Winners across Art & Design, Interior Decoration, Fashion, Interior Design and Product Design. The 2019 edition of the Designed for Business Student Awards will be launching in the Spring!

Click to see the winning projects

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8th – 11th January 

Heimtextil – Frankfurt, Germany

Heimtextil is one of the biggest and most important international trade fairs for home and contract textiles, acting as a climate and trend barometer for the whole business year. At this leading event for interior textiles, design and trends, international manufacturers, dealers and designers present their products and innovations to a large audience of trade visitors. Heimtextil features over 2,900 exhibitors showcasing the very latest textiles and textile designs, attracting around 69,000 trade visitors from across the world.

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11th – 14th January

Domotex – Hannover,  Germany

From 11-14 January 2019, the Hannover Exhibition Centre will serve as a four-day hotspot for the global flooring industry, acting as a meeting point for the industry and bringing together industry professionals from all over the world with 1400 exhibitors and 38,000 visitors. Both exhibitors and visitors enthusiastically embraced the launch of a fresh exhibition design that introduced a clear hall layout, an annual keynote theme and the special Framing Trends showcase.

Many of these exhibitors are finalising the finer details of their showcases, eager to put their best foot forward when they present their product innovations in January. The show’s new keynote theme, “CREATE’N’CONNECT”, is a bold statement that puts the spotlight on the current connectivity megatrend. Connectedness is an important aspect of flooring in the sense that floors are unifying, connecting elements of room design. They inspire us, give us orientation and set the stage for human interaction. With their numerous design options, floors play an important role in providing the very foundation for the rooms in which we live and work.

SBID Members can claim complimentary tickets to attend – email [email protected] to claim yours! 

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13th – 15th January

Top Drawer – London, UK 

Presenting thousands of leading and undiscovered UK and international brands, expertly curated and chosen for their beautiful design, exceptional quality, originality and commercial appeal. Top Drawer encompasses the dynamic worlds of Home, Gift, Fashion and Craft, providing unique access to this season’s hottest new products giving buyers the ultimate choice for a successful season.

This year, the SBID Colour Council will make an appearance at Top Drawer 2019 on the 14th January at 12:30pm with a dedicated colour seminar to discuss those all-important colour trends for the year ahead, inviting a range of experts from the industry to talk about how they interpret colour for 2019. Click here to find out more.

SBID Members can upgrade their tickets to VIP for free – email [email protected] to register!

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14th – 20th January 

imm cologne – Cologne, Germany 

imm cologne presents the trends that will be shaping the furniture and interiors sector – and the products that are good for business. At the imm cologne, you will find a unique variety of interior design ideas for every room, every style and every requirement – from the basics all the way to designer items and luxury furnishings.

For 2019, Hall 11 will be transformed into Pure Atmospheres as part of the conceptual development of the ‘Pure’ design segment. The new direction means even more inspiration combined with a stronger business focus.The name underscores the nature of the presentations, shaped by the exhibitors’ holistic interior concepts. Exhibitors will showcase inspiring brand concepts: their own take on domestic culture, their personal signature, their interpretation of good design. Here, the focus is not on the individual product but on the interaction of all the elements.

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18th – 22nd January

Maison&Objet – Paris, France

Since 1995, MAISON&OBJET has inspired generations of interior designers and retailers by maintaining a high level of creativity, diversity and excellence throughout the years. With 2 aptly named hubs, Maison and Objet, M&O showcase an excess of 3,000 international brands to over 70,000 interiors professionals twice a year in Paris. The next edition is set to take place on 18-22 January 2019. Find out more about the upcoming event in January, here.

SBID Members can claim complimentary tickets to attend – email [email protected] to claim yours!

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20th – 23rd January

January Furniture Show – Birmingham, UK 

Perfectly timed at the start of the year to reveal the newest launches, the biggest names and the freshest trends at the UK’s largest furniture event, the January Furniture Show is back on 20-23 January 2019 at the National Exhibition Center, Birmingham. New for 2019 will be the JFS Contract Trail. Over 150 of the 2019 exhibitors either regularly, or occasionally supply contract. For the first time contract suppliers will be identified on the exhibitor listing on the JFS website, making it easy for buyers to plan their stand visits in advance.

Show Director, Cleere Scammell said, “It is important that we give our buying visitors as much useful information as is feasible, to make their visiting time at JFS as productive as possible. Adding the Contract Trail was an easy decision given the number of requests we receive for the information, and given the large number of contract suppliers that we have among our exhibitors.”

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30th – 31st January 

[email protected] – London, UK 

[email protected] is an exclusive event for architects, interior designers and specifiers taking place at the Old Truman Brewery. The carefully curated trade show aimed at interior and design industry professionals will return to London for its 2019 edition on 30-31 January with a brand new theme. The theme is future-proof. In an age when change is measured in seconds, not years, and sustainability is a necessity not an optional extra, architects and designers are increasingly tasked with proposing projects that have longevity. How can practitioners ensure they are taking the lead when it comes to future-proofing their projects and who is setting the agenda for tomorrow’s built environment?


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