The Surface Design Show has announced that Furnishing Futures will be its charity partner for the 2024 event.
The exhibition, which is due to return to London’s Business Design Centre from 6th – 8th February 2024, will explore the balance between design intuition and analytical thinking to achieve meaningful experiences through its theme of Mindful Living.
Furnishing Futures, which was founded by interior stylist, writer, and social worker Emily Wheeler, focuses on creating beautifully-designed, fully-furnished homes for women and children who have suffered from domestic abuse. After escaping domestic abuse, these individuals often find themselves in social housing without basic amenities, such as flooring or white goods. The charity addresses this critical gap by partnering with the interiors industry to repurpose good quality ex-display items, returns, props or donated furnishings. Through this sustainable approach, the charity transforms empty spaces with these items into beautiful, fully-furnished homes.
Emily Wheeler, founder of Furnishing Futures, said: “Furnishing Futures is absolutely delighted to be chosen as Surface Design Show’s charity partner, and we want to say a huge thank you to all the exhibitors for supporting us.
“Through our partnership with Surface Design Show we hope to strengthen our industry partnerships, enabling us to support more families with comfortable homes, while protecting the environment. We're really looking forward to seeing how our partnership develops."
As part of the collaboration with Surface Design Show, UK street artist Olivier Roubieu will create two live murals across this year’s events. These artworks will be auctioned, with all proceeds contributing to Furnishing Futures' mission of creating safe and welcoming homes for survivors of domestic abuse.