Everything you need to know about the Grand Designs Live Event
Grand Designs was live at the ExCel Centre in London between 5th – 13th May 2018 and Toughglaze (UK) were there featuring their Switchable Smart Glass on Stand B120. Did you come and see us there? We spoke with thousands of customers over the course of the 9 days about the benefits of our Smart Switchable Glass and how it can be used to make your home or office design totally unique.
The History of Grand designs Live Shows London & Birmingham
Grand Designs Live is a multi-award winning event and is similar to the Ideal Home Show but on a much grander scale. The show is based on the Channel 4 series Grand Designs which is presented by Kevin McCloud and has been on our screens for many years. Can you believe the first ever episode aired on 29th April 1999? Grand Designs Live showcases new products, offers you expert advice and ideas for self-builds, renovations, or if you are looking for interior design ideas and techniques to make your home stand out from the rest then this really is the show for you. There were also specialist exhibitors in six project zones to help people find ideas and inspiration for their very own Grand Design.
The idea of Grand Designs Live originated from the Grand Designs TV Programme where people like you or me, a lot of them with no design or building experience would invite the programme in to hear about their grand design idea and we would watch them see them through to completion. There have been over a hundred episodes produced and broadcast.
2018 Grand Designs Live Show
- 500 companies showcased their products
- Kevin McCloud, the Grand Designers themselves, Piers Taylor and Industry Experts publicly spoke about architecture and design
- The show gave free expert advice on planning, building, extending and improving homes or properties
- 6 project zones showcased products and designs that got creative thoughts flowing for any build, garden or interior design for kitchens, and bathrooms, along with the latest home technology
The History of Grand Designs, the Channel 4 TV Programme
Grand Designs was first aired on 29th April 1999 and there have been over 16 series and one hundred episodes. It is one of Britain’s longest-running and most popular property shows. It features ambitious builds and renovation projects that test even today’s modern architecture and design. Memorable designs and self-build projects of different styles, scales and building types, ranging from houses which are completely green and eco-friendly, properties which are totally out of character in the existing landscape or architecture and properties which blend into the landscape and natural environment. The programme captures self-builders original ideas and designs through the whole build from; battling the weather, terrain or landscape, spiralling costs, construction delays and expensive, idealistic products and ideas through to build completion. Despite the diversity and uniqueness of each property, they are all bound by the same driving force, the perseverance and willpower of the self-builders taking huge leaps of faith to see their dreams through to reality.
The Grand Designs Presenter – Kevin McCloud
Kevin McCloud has presented Grand Designs since the late 1990s. He is a British designer, writer and television presenter who was educated at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he studied art and architecture. After graduating, Kevin trained as a theatre designer, working on a variety of different productions, such as the set design for the experimental rock group “Harvey and the Wallbangers”, before moving on to set up his own successful light design practice and manufacturing business.
Kevin’s first appeared on television as a guest presenter on Homefront on BBC2 which was an interior design “makeover” TV show. He then went on to write and present Grand Designs, covering unusual, elaborate and memorable architectural home build projects that tested the home builders design ideas, resolve and determination to see it through to completion. The series has a set format which most definitely works, Kevin is mostly sceptical of the designs, schedules and budgets planned by the self-builders but is quite often won around with the finished project.
Today Kevin concentrates on television work, journalism and product design, including work for British manufacturers. His work includes the ceiling in the food halls of Harrods and lighting fittings at Ely Cathedral, the Savoy Hotel and Edinburgh Castle. He published his first book in 1990, with further books following in 1995 and 1996 covering themes of Architecture, Design, Colours, Grand Designs and Lighting.
Kevin is also well known across the UK for his television work on Grand Designs Abroad, and Grand Designs Indoors.
Kevin is one of the editors for Grand Designs magazine and is now heavily involved with Grand Designs Live Show. In May 2008, Kevin took the Grand Designs series of programmes to a new level with the Grand Designs Live Show, he demonstrated environmentally-sensitive construction methods on a site in the East End of London and presented a “Grand Design of the Year” competition.
Kevin was appointed MBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours for services to sustainable design and energy saving property refurbishment and he provides lots of advice on Grand Designs for would-be property developers, self-builders and renovators.
Why visit Grand Designs Live
If you are about to embark on a self-build, renovation or interior design project then the Grand Designs Live Exhibition Show will give you all the ideas and inspiration you will need. Showcasing new and exciting products from over 500 companies who will talk to you face to face about how their product will support your build. It really is a one-stop shop where you can get in touch with product and material suppliers over the course of one day that will make your build, renovation or design project stand out from the rest. You also have unlimited access to expert advice from suppliers and designers to help you plan your once in a lifetime dream project. Kevin McCloud, the Grand Designers themselves, Piers Taylor and Industry Experts publicly speak about architecture and design and you can gain hints, tips and inspiration to make your dream become a reality.
What are the Dates of Grand Design Live Show?
5th – 13th May 2018 at the ExCel Centre in London
10th -14th October 2018 at the NEC in Birmingham
4th – 12th May 2019 at the ExCel Centre in London
About Toughglaze UK
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Toughglaze Switchable Smart Glass
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