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The Natural Stone Show 2019 will run at ExCel London from 30th April to 2nd May

This year’s Natural Stone Show will be joined at ExCeL, London, by a new sister show: Hard Surfaces. From 30th April to 2nd May 2019, buyers will be presented with a powerful line up of ceramic, porcelain, conglomerate, ultra compact, and natural stone surface solutions, making this a must-visit event for retailers, distributors, contractors, and specifiers alike.

Logo for Hard Surfaces 2019
Hard Surfaces 2019 will run alongside The Natural Stone Show 2019

Barriers between natural stone and ceramics in the tile sector have long since broken down. And, with the advent of larger format porcelains, sintered ultra-compact surfaces and new diamond tooling to work them, the barrier has also broken down in the worktop, and furniture sectors.  This combined event reflects the realities of the marketplace, and alongside an impressive array of exhibitors, offers visitors an expertly-curated set of value-adding seminars and talks on many different aspects of the solid surface market.

Wednesday 1st May 2019 will see a series of talks organised and Chaired by Diary of a Tile Addict’s Joe Simpson. These sessions are free to attend. To guarantee your seat use the link below.

Coverlam kitchen worktop
Coverlam kitchen worktop by Grespania

In Wonderful Worktops & Fabulous Façades (11.00 to 11.45am) Grespania will demonstrate why today’s XXL porcelain formats, both thin and thick, deliver exciting new surface options for bathrooms, kitchens, façades, and furnishing applications; with particular reference to Grespania’s own Coverlam brand..

Many exciting new applications are being found for XXL format porcelain panels as designers world-wide embrace the material’s combination of outstanding technical performance and aesthetic versatility. More at:

Mosaic installation by Gary Drostle
Mosaic installation by Gary Drostle

In Commissioning Creativity (11.45 to 12.30pm) Gary Drostle, one of the UK’s foremost mosaic artists and head of Drostle Public Arts, will examine the role of modern mosaics in contemporary architectural and landscape design. Based in London, Drostle and his dedicated team specialise in site-specific art, painted murals, floor and wall mosaics and mosaic sculptures. This world-class practice have produced may large scale commissions across the UK and overseas, and recently won an FCI Installation Award for its installation at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, California, USA. More at:

Both sessions are free to attend in South Gallery Room 6, accessed from the back of the Hard Surfaces Show. Click here to guarantee your seat at.

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