Grand Design Live Highlights
VORBILD Architecture had recently an opportunity to visit Grand Design Live at London ExCel. The multi-day event benefits not only professionals but homeowners too, who can in one place browse hundreds of different suppliers from all over the country, as well as see and try many products for themselves. With five hundred exhibitors, seven different sections and a plethora of new solutions and ideas, Grand Design Live is one of the most important events for those interested in home design.
When it comes to Grand Design Live, every single topic is very elaborate. From a multitude of suppliers, through live talks to one-to-one advice, visitors can discover multiple solutions and to deepen their knowledge. Dedicated sections to interiors, kitchens, bathrooms, gardens and building, help to break down this huge undertaking into more approachable chunks.
Technology is another significant reason to visit the show. Grand Design Live gives an opportunity to explore new products and ideas. The main trend in the technology arena seems to be continuing to move towards simplicity, with smart technology being visible everywhere. The list of household tasks one can now handle with a smartphone or tablet is truly impressive and we should not expect this trend to lose momentum anytime soon.
Without question, the RIBA House of the Year Model Village was one of the biggest highlights of the show. House for an Art Lover, Kew House, and Levring House all provided clear indicators of just how varied house design can be. The trend continues to move towards endless potential to express oneself in a unique way.
It was fascinating to compare these homes with some of the things we were able to find at the Self Build Centre. Demos and workshops provide an opportunity to educate oneself a bit more about self-building and to follow throughout the show a process of building an outdoor cabin using some innovative techniques and materials.
Those eager to begin with their building project were able to benefit from a free advice from professionals in the Ask an Expert area from every applicable field. The section was subdivided into 12 topics: architectural technology, architecture, eco & sustainability, finance / insurance, garden design, heating / ventilation, home automation / technology, interior design, planning, project management, structural design, self-build.
A further education opportunity was provided by lectures at the Grand Theatre and the Grand Interiors Theatre, where many familiar faces from property-related programmes as well as notable names from the industry, could be seen giving talks
The Grand Design Live is a complex and a very enjoyable experience. It is a great opportunity to meet many different individuals and perspectives and to keep up to date with current trends in the industry.