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About Set Surfaces

Set Surfaces is a set hire service providing portable ready made and bespoke background solutions for shoots and events. Our panels consist of textiles mounted onto lightweight panels and come in a variety of designs and finishes. All textiles have been handpicked, from high end metallic snakeskin prints from Chelsea Harbour, to prints of plaster, wood and bricks shot in Argentina. Our panels are beautiful yet practical, and provide a simple cost effective background solution for small scale shoots and events without compromising on quality.



About Helen Labourt
Helen Labourt is the founder of Set Surfaces and an accomplished Set Stylist who has been working in the Film and Television Industry for more than 20 years.
She studied Fine Arts Textiles at Goldsmiths University before going on to apply her passion working as a stylist on TV Commercials and photographic stills shoots.
Whilst dressing sets on location, Helen realised there was a need for ‘ready to hire’ portable textured backgrounds that would complement the set and conceal any issues with the location and so, Set Surfaces was born.

 Today, the panels have evolved from early prototypes of wallpaper on wood and cardboard, to super lightweight panels with an extensive catalogue of both our own technical textile prints and designer brand luxe metallic fabrics.    

How Are Set Surfaces Panels Used?
Our panels are used in both studios and on location for shoots, and for events. They are used as textured backgrounds for fashion and product shoots, or to practically to conceal an issue with the set when shooting on location.
Unlike traditional wooden flats the panels are portable, super light weight and ready made. We can dispatch same day direct to your set. We also work hard to keep them affordable, so it's never been easier to 'pop a panel' on set.  

Industry Memberships
We're delighted to be a member of the Association Of Photographers (UK)
Our Prop House and Studio Partners
Our business has been created from the ground up, with its heart in London's prop industry. Below are some of our partners who either stock panel interiors or panels with skins. 

To View Our Stock In Person
To view a selection of our Surface Collection in person please visit our partner showroom located at the prop hire company Modern Props, Acton, London which is open Monday through Friday 8am until 5.30pm.

DOM GOOR, Brand Director

“The concrete panels made such an impact to the shots, so effective and realistic”

LIZ MCAULAY, Photographer

“The texture skins are the perfect backdrop for my fashion shots”

JESS FOULKES, Events Organiser

“So lightweight, So easy to use, the panels where amazing on location, loved them”

ED BUTCHER, Set Designer

“They’re a must for every location shoot, great lightweight backgrounds which are easy to move and can really save time and great for blocking out unwanted details.”


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