The Diespeker team manning the stand at the Surface Design Show came back buzzing from the experience. The show was held from 11 to 13 February at the London Business Design Centre in Islington and was the first show we’ve exhibited at, at least in living memory!
Our purpose-designed stand stood out amongst the huge variety of exhibitors; for a start it was the tallest and the logo could be seen across the Business Design Centre. The stand showcased our eye-catching black terrazzo TE081B with cream terrazzo TE081 providing a stunning countertop – both proved to be great talking points. Visitors took advantage of stools designed in TE007 to rest their feet for a while and chat to the team.
The stand also incorporated a purpose-built sample trolley enabling people to take away samples that were of interest. Some used Diespeker tote bags to carry their samples – these proved to be very popular and we had to send back to the office for extra supplies.
The calibre of enquiries was really high with a good number of architects and interior designers talking to us not just about terrazzo but other materials such as marble and granite. We welcomed some old friends who we’ve worked with on projects before, and on Wednesday evening held a small drinks reception for clients and suppliers. We were also pleased to meet lots of young design students, the next generation of designers who we hope found terrazzo just as fascinating as we do!
Diespeker’s Danny O’Donnell who manned the stand throughout, said: “I thought the Design Show was amazing. It was a great experience for Diespeker as a company, as well as myself on a personal level. There was a high volume of footfall, from contractors to design students who are learning the trade.”
“It’s hard to work out exactly how many enquiries we’ve had at this moment in time but it’s safe to say we got some good leads and hopefully a number of repeat clients that we can form a good partnership with.”
The team took a little time out to look around the show and were amazed at the range of surfaces on display, with new techniques and trends offering inspiration.
Our overall impression was that the show was very well attended, with a steady flow of visitors, and that those attending were genuinely interested in seeing what’s on offer with a view to using materials in future projects. A really positive first time experience!