Our Visit to Grand Designs Live 2018

'The Wellness Kitchen' Room Set Designed by Finch London Ltd

Our Visit to Grand Designs Live 2018

The doors may have closed on London’s slot for the wonderful Grand Designs Live and all its insanity but we’re still buzzing with excitement from our visit. There was so much to see from live talks to the incredible advancements in home technology. Here are just a few things that we loved during our visit.

As is the norm with almost every show with a demand for interior design inspiration, there were a series of room sets designed by some very prominent names in interior design. Each designer raring to show off their considerable skills and show us their take on what’s hot in the world of interior design.

 Finch London Ltd.’s ‘Wellness Kitchen’ was the first room set instalment we found, walking around the event and it’s not difficult to miss with its blanket pink colour scheme and scores and scores of materials used with health, as a lifestyle, in mind when it came to additions made to the space from the tiered plants to the steam-based oven. The calm tone of the pink works better than a vibrant hot pink that would have over saturated the room rather than calm it down to a point of serenity.

 From the calming to the vibrancy with wilful abandonment. Oliver Thomas Interiors have knocked it out of the park with this maximalist effort to offsetting colour against material with period pieces covered with a modern contemporary colour scheme to create this wonderful Wabi Sabi result which fascinated us.

Room Set Designed by Oliver Thomas Interiors

Much like the healthy brand that Finch London Ltd adopted for their room set, Little Mill House and their upcycled and sustainable approach to their designs showed their face at the show too with a wonderful kid’s room. Merging blacks with whites and yellow accents makes for a playful feel that’s the perfect collaboration between a space for fun and to nap. A great result.

The next room set along was the highly fashion living room constructed by the folks at Jade Maria Interiors with their not so subtle mix of the same calming pink as the Finch London’s Wellness Kitchen and the further zen shade of green making for a stylish, multi-functional space.   

The final room set we gawked at was the creation of Accanto Interiors Ltd with their mid-century Hollywood glam living room. Brimming with high fashion and additions of forest hues that transport you to a different realm but would sit very happily in any home. An expert example in escapist interior design.

Joe Stewart & Lina Nilsson Grand Design London Project Series 18 via homesandproperty.co.uk

Photo via homesandproperty.co.uk: Joe Stewart & Lina Nilsson Grand Design London Project. 

Of course, the event itself centres around the internationally acclaimed television show Grand Designs, there was a plethora of experts running around the event expressing their inspiration for their own projects to allow others to explore their own possibilities. And this is done, mainly, on stage, and so it should.

We had the pleasure of dropping in on the main stager to see Joe Stewart and his now fiancée running us through their London project that appeared in the most recent series of Grand Designs. It was fascinating to hear all about their process, decisions, issues, victories and see how the spectacular idea became a reality in a play by play commentary while the episode itself was projected on a screen behind them. We had a wonderful time re-living the episode in a fresh light.

Grand Designs Live stands as an inspirational platform to show the thought processes and results of the talented people that make up the interior design and architecture industries so that those in need of a push to complete their projects can take home these musings and translate them into their own projects. That principle is what drove the fantastically mad Lavatory Project. The collection of residential lavatories was themed around the concept of ‘Design by You.’

Room Set Design by Jade Maria Interior Design and Lavatory Project by Sharon Whitehurst

This manifested as these spaces being designed by these interior designers with their personality in mind and using products from current British retailers and manufacturers. This gave each installation a level of accessibility and mixed with the mass variety of themes adopted meant there was a style for everyone from schemes of ‘Rule Britannia’ to ‘Great Gatsby’ A fantastically fun project that we loved.

And that’s that for London and it’s Grand Designs fix. At least for this year, but, the show must go on. Grand Designs Live will be up and running again in Birmingham this October bringing the inspiration circus the massive halls in the NEC.

Did you make it to London’s showing of design talent? Or are you going to drop in on Birmingham? We’d love to hear what you loved about the event? Favourite room set? Favourite loo?

We post on our blog page next week when we look at what’s in store for us at Clerkenwell Design Week where we’ll be back again to see what’s going on in the world of design! Can’t wait.

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