Decorative Surfaces Conference brings designers and materials producers together
Alexis Readinger of Preen Inc., an award-winning hospitality designer based in L.A.

LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Interior designers live and die by their material choices. Select the wrong material for an application, and the entire project fails, said Kenn Busch. This is why they’re always looking for new materials, and better information on existing materials.

Suppliers and specifiers will have a chance to meet at the Decorative Surfaces Conference at the Hilton Torrey Pines, La Jolla, California, December 3-5, 2019.

“In my decade of running the Materials Pavilion at NeoCon and other commercial design fairs I’ve seen first-hand how excited designers are to learn more about how to make better material choices,” said Busch, owner of Material Intelligence partner in TCM North America, the organizer of the DSC event.

“If a designer is advised to use the wrong material for an application and it doesn’t perform, it reflects poorly not only on the material, but also on the fabricators and millworkers involved. Failures like this in commercial projects like hotels and retail stores also leave a lasting negative impression with consumers,” said Busch.

“The good news is, we’re opening up a direct channel between materials suppliers and designers. The DSC event brings suppliers, fabricators and designers together in an educational setting so we can learn to work better together to make every project a success.”

Sponsors of the conference include companies that produce and supply materials for furniture and interior design, and upstream suppliers to those companies.

Attendees will include interior designers, fabricators and materials suppliers. 

The program includes:

  • Alexis Readinger of Preen Inc., an award-winning hospitality designer based in L.A.
  • Insights from a national distributor on connecting with architects and designers
  • A university design educator on design thinking to solve material and social challenges
  • Certified CEU educational presentations on materials and sustainability
  • Panel discussions on specification challenges and sustainability messaging for suppliers
  • Updates on the latest material innovations
  • Material exhibits

Early-bird registration ends soon! For more information see

If you’d like to help sponsor the event, contact Kenn Busch at [email protected].



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Karl D. Forth is online editor for CCI Media. He also writes news and feature stories in FDMC Magazine, in addition to newsletters and custom publishing projects. He is also involved in event organization, and compiles the annual FDM 300 list of industry leaders. He can be reached at [email protected].