About - What We Do & How We Started
About Set Surfaces
Set Surfaces is a sustainable set hire service providing portable ready-made and bespoke background solutions for shoots and events. Our SETPanels are a quarter of the weight of a wooden set flat and require no tools. They 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 SETPanels are beautiful yet practical and provide a simple cost effective background solution for small scale shoots and events without compromising on quality.
Our core business is to provide a hired set solution that is a sustainable alternative that negates the waste associated with one-time set builds such as paint, wallpaper and fabrics being applied to flats, then removed.
We are a recognised Sustainable Supplier, approved by Albert, Clients shooting with us are reassured their sets have a minimal environmental impact. By only hiring our sets and repurposing all our stock, we avoid adding paint, wood and materials to landfill. We work hard to ensure we offer a sustainable shoot solution.
How We Started | Our Founder
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 to work as a stylist on TV Commercials and photographic still 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 SETPanels have evolved from early prototypes of wallpaper on wood and cardboard to super lightweight SETPanels with an extensive catalogue of both our own technical textile prints and designer brand luxe metallic fabrics.
What are the Set Surface products?
Our SETPanels™ are used in both studios and on location for shoots, and events. They are used as textured backgrounds for fashion and product shoots, or to practically conceal an issue with the set when shooting on location.
Unlike traditional wooden flats, our SETPanels are portable, super lightweight 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.
When our SETPanels™ are used in conjunction with our SETSupports™ they are then able to free-stand for your shoot.
Our digitally printed SETSkins™ are designed for optimum shooting. Not only do they absorb light and resist creases, but they're also offered in a wide selection of beautiful colours and faux textures such as brick, wood, rust and concrete, perfect for shooting garments, products and models.
Our SetFloors™ are shot by Pros and printed at a very high resolution onto premium quality flooring with an anti-slip rating that's also FR rated - ensuring your Set is safe and effortless to set up.
SETWraps™ convert a sheet of poly board into a background that can interchange with our ever-growing collection of SETSkins.
Our SETDrop™ is a sustainable fabric backdrop and is our largest offering at Set Surfaces available at 10’ X 16’.
SETSkins can be inter-changed within 3 minutes. With no wood, paint, set build or tools required, our Clients can shoot more looks in less time. Take a look at some of our Clients' shoots on our Instagram and Clients page.