surface design show

The 2023 Surface Design Show

We headed to the Bussiness Design Centre in London last week for SDS23!

Last week Jones & Partners attended the Surface Design Show where it was great to immerse ourselves in the latest materials, gain new insights into the world of CMF, and network with those paving the way for designers like ourselves in having access to fully considered mediums.

Below are three of our favourite developments in the materials scene from the show:

Trash to Treasure

Smile Plastics

Smile Plastics offer a range of striking recycled sheets in both standard and customizable options.

At Smile Plastics, they have two main goals.
Firstly, they want to create the most beautiful circular plastics in the world – 100% recycled and 100% recyclable materials.

Secondly, to challenge ideas about “waste” and the system that creates it. They do this by offering a closed-loop model where they can offer customers buy-back options, while also operating within a zero-waste production model.

A Fruitful Future


APeel is a new process for transforming waste citrus peel into a versatile new material with a wide range of potential uses.

APeel maximises the use of natural resources, creating added value by taking the waste from existing processes to produce final products that are environmentally friendly, sustainable and biodegradable.

On The Same Page

Surface Matter - Richlite

Richlite is an incredibly durable material made from paper, ideal for a variety of uses. Developed over 70 years ago for industrial tooling, Richlite has evolved into a premium surface material which is now used by aerospace, extreme sports, marine, food prep and the architecture and design community.

Nonporous, heat and water-resistant, the paper composite material can withstand everything from food preparation environments to the harsh outdoors.

As a studio, we strive to practice conscious design by working with both clients and manufacturers to develop considered and concise product solutions. We are eager to be part of the ever-needed development within the sustainable space and will continue to provide our value within the discussion throughout our projects.