Inspiration and ideas at Grand Designs Live

New and returning brands, innovative product launches and a host of seminars set to inspire as Grand Designs Live returns to London’s ExCeL exhibition centre in May.

Grand Designs Live, proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, will return to London’s ExCeL from 5 – 13 May. Whether starting out on your first renovation, building a new home, redecorating a room, installing a new kitchen or simply looking for inspiration, Grand Designs Live is the must-visit event for anyone looking to learn about the world of interiors, design and self-build.

The show will offer visitors the chance to explore the very latest in technology developments, discover current trends and preview unseen products. Based on the Channel 4 TV series, and presented by design guru Kevin McCloud, the event will be packed with over 400 exhibitors, across five different sections covering Build, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Gardens and Interiors, plus a Technology Trail.

The Grand Build Hall will showcase products to help with any and every project, from adding an extension or renovating a historical property, to building a new home from the ground up. A wide selection of self-build suppliers including Internorm, Polypipe, Culmax and Airflow, as well as inspiring designs from a variety of architects, will offer innovative ideas for builds ranging from construction to finishing touches.

Those interested in environmentally friendly power and incredible design can stop by to see Tesla. Pinar will display their award-winning luxury security doors, while new exhibitor nHouse will showcase their varied range of sheet laminated timber modular homes. Visitors can also discover Kloeber’s new ranges of doors, as well as Fineline’s high-end glazing and SWS UK’s array of leading garage doors. Grand Interiors will offer sophisticated and unique ways to furnish and complete a home. Browse hundreds of items and brands not readily available on the high street including Long Island Shutters, Lightstyle, Fantasia Ceiling Fans as well as top fire and bio-ethanol company, Planika.

Joined + Jointed will be launching four new products at the show in addition to showcasing the Trident seating series. Artistic partnership Miller James Artists will debut a brand-new collection at the show while Adventures In Furniture will be introducing four news sofas and two new dining tables. Fraser Besant Lighting will also show new designs, alongside their existing collection of handmade lighting.

Grand Kitchens will include some of the most cutting-edge kitchens and appliances on the market from the likes of Bora, Tomas Kitchen Living, Laz Furniture and Koivu. From fitted to free standing, design to storage, visitors will find solutions to help get the most of their space; along with the finishing touches that are essential to any kitchen.

Grand Bathrooms will showcase products from brands such as Motionspot who produce aesthetically-led accessible bathroom designs for the home, alongside other exciting brands such as Boutique Design & Build, who will be showing Crosswater’s latest release, Union.

Those with a particular interest in the outdoors will relish the Grand Gardens section, with a selection of brands spanning a variety of areas from outdoor cooking, swimming pools, garden buildings, hot tubs, landscaping and much more.

Nissen Huts, initially invented during WWI for military use, are now being converted into beautiful and versatile rooms for the garden. Zenpod garden buildings are built from state of the art components and materials. iHus produce low-carbon annexes which combine the latest technological advances and materials to set a new standard in independent structure, and Playways will showcase the latest launch in kids’ playhouses.

After browsing the halls, visitors can enjoy the range of informative features at the show. Ask An Expert is one popular service, which has been so at every show. It returns this year offering visitors the opportunity to consult with specialists across a range of home-improvement areas, from finance to self-build and everything in-between.

The Grand Theatre, sponsored by Airflow, will see Kevin McCloud and a whole host of industry experts, along with some Grand Designers from the latest series of Grand Designs, provide a wide- reaching range of informative seminars on everything from architecture to building and beyond.

Returning by popular demand Kevin’s Green Heroes will showcase the most revolutionary and useful eco-friendly gadgets and products on the market. This year visitors can get first-hand experience through live demonstrations of current and past ‘heroes.’

The theme of ‘Designed By You’ will be brought to life by pioneering interior designers in this year’s inspirational Grand Room Sets, sponsored by AXA Insurance. These innovative rooms will showcase products which are accessible to visitors and are from British retailers, manufacturers and designers.

New this year, the Salvage Yard will offer high-end, one off, unique pieces of architectural salvage while the Kitchen Design Stage will explore ways to enhance the most important room in the home; hear from kitchen design experts on the latest trends, gadgets and technologies. Discover brilliant bathroom decoration for the tiniest spaces as The Lavatory Project will see a selection of downstairs toilets designed to make a statement. This new feature will include mock-ups from six interior designers who will let their imaginations run wild to create unique and striking rooms, perfect for adding a touch of fun to every home!