Spanish surface materials specialist FINSA and UK distributor IDS hosted a successful event at the Innovation Centre, Great Portland Street last month where it showcased the latest trends in materials for the architectural, design and furniture sectors, coinciding with the launch of FINSA’s latest international Trendbook 2015-2016.

Produced in partnership with the renowned Global Color Research trend prediction agency, the inspirational 70-page Trendbook acknowledges the importance of how social and cultural changes define the way we live and how we consume, new innovations in technology and how it inspires future surfaces.

Visitors were encouraged to interact with the four cleverly-designed installations which portrayed the key design stories of Embrace, Nurture, Pioneer and Construct. Playing with texture, sound, smell and colour, each theme was expertly explained by a member of the Finsa team.

Embrace is the trend against the hardness of the digital age, and the need for creating multi-sensory spaces; Nurture is the growing trend to take better care of our natural resources by creating convincing surface materials through innovation; Pioneer looks at the impact of material technology and innovation; while Construct focuses on interiors rooted in artisan craftsmanship and heritage.

Says Andrea Bainbridge, marketing manager at FINSA: “We were really happy with all of the feedback we received from our guests during the day. We feel that the sensory installations really complemented the presentation of the Trendbook and our four new trends. It was a pleasure to hold the event at a great venue like the Saint-Gobain Innovation Centre.”

A copy of the Trendbook can be obtained by contacting