Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Grand Designs Live

Grand Designs Live is currently on at ExCel in London and runs until 13 May. We'd never been before, so thought we'd make the effort, especially as for the first time, the show was incorporating a Grand Art Fair. The show is enormous! With a garden section, home and interiors section, eco ideas display, swimming pools, talks, workshops, the whole shebang!  Every appliance maker you can name was there showing off their latest technology. Samsung were blasting!

The design alley had many great exhibitors, including Johnathan Field's beautiful furniture, Obe and Co's Lighting, and MADE12 exhibitor Lara Aldridge Glass.

The Grand Art Fair comprised 18 galleries, all showing a fantastic and pretty eclectic mix of work. Eyestorm had some big names, but Olivia Connelley's collection of vibrant work and The Drugstore Gallery's photography both really caught my eye. It seemed rather ambitious to have such high qualilty art in this kind of show's environment, but I hope that Grand Designs Live worked for all the galleries there.

If you're fanatical about your home, then the show is really worth visiting for all kinds of ideas, gadgets and interior products. For me the only thing I was left coveting was an Armadilla. It's now top of my wish list.

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