Grand Designs Live, London


Yesterday, taking advantage of the bank holiday, we went to Grand Designs Live in London. The Exhibition will be on until the 11th of May so if you'd like to visit it, there is still time to go.

I am sure that most of you will be familiar with the Grand Designs Show from Channel 4 presented by Kevin McCloud. For those who don't know what I am talking about, Grand Designs is a TV series, first aired in 1999, that features unusual and often elaborate contemporary architectural homebuilding projects.

The Exhibition is held at ExCel London  and is organized in 7 themes (each one of them represented by a different colour carpet): Interiors, Build, Bathrooms and Kitchens, Gardens, Technology and Village.
Map of Grand Designs Live London 2014
This show is mainly addressed to people that is looking to build or to renovate a house but it is always useful for an architect to have a look at what is shown at these places.

Our favourite parts of the exhibition where the areas were some small projects were showcased. 
In the Village area you could visit different small houses: one made of straw, one made of hexagonal rooms that could be added up, a compact house in 12 sqm, a dynamic house, etc,... Some of them were for sale at the end of the exhibition but I have to say that I was very disappointed by the finishes of most of these prototypes. 

Kitchen at the Hivehaus

One of my favourite items was the kitchen of the Hivehause (the one made of hexagonal rooms). It was compact, lively, well made and it had lots of storage for such a small space.

In the Interiors area I was a bit disappointed about the exhibitors. I found that lots of them were there to try to sell you objects that didn't have much to do with interior design. There were some soft furnishing and furniture stands but I didn't feel very inspired by what I found there. My favourite bit here was the area where few small interiors were reproduced. It was interesting to see the mix of colours, patterns and textures

Inspiration for a young family home by Owl Design
picture by +alambiLAB Architects 
Inspiration for a young family home by Owl Design
picture by +alambiLAB Architects 

Inspiration for first time buyers by Maxine Brady
picture by +alambiLAB Architects 

Inspiration for first time buyers by Maxine Brady
picture by +alambiLAB Architects 

Inspiration for renovating your home by KP Interiors
picture by +alambiLAB Architects 
In the Garden area I thought that is was interesting to see some examples of garden design. I understand that it is quite difficult to reproduce an exterior environment, that usually takes a while to develop, in an interior space so I appreciate the effort. 

The Prism Garden by Samantha Levitt
picture by +alambiLAB Architects
It was also interesting to visit the Technology corner where some innovative gadgets were showcased. Technology is now an important part of our lives and it is important to know what is out there so we can use it and be more efficient.

This corner was not only showcasing gadgets for the house but other sort of gadgets such as 3D printers or 3D scans than can be used by designers. 

3D scanner, picture by +alambiLAB Architects 
We also attended some lectures in the main stage, in the interior stage and at the food corner where we got some free pasta dish!

Overall I think that this can be an interesting show for people that is thinking about building their own house, you can get a bit of inspiration, you can talk to suppliers and professionals and buy some gadgets for your home. But if you are looking for a show with a wide range of furniture, lots of innovative products for construction and technical information, this is probably not the right place for you.





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