Grand Designs Live 2012: Part Two

This years Grand Designs Live put a lot of emphasis on garden design. Not only was the garden section huge, but it also offered free expert advice about any garden design ideas or projects you might have floating around your head. If you are interested in learning about garden design as a career or as an extra string to your interior design bow, then check out the new Diploma in Professional Garden Design by  The National Design Academy.

In part one I talked about garden pods and lodges, so I’ll continue the garden theme and cover some of the interesting items I found that you could use to adorn one.

Garden Haven Lounger – mygind design

Scandinavian design company mygind design have pulled out all the stops to bring this luxury lounger to life. Made from solid mahogany wood, hand woven in all-weather resin wicker and custom upholstered with plush cushions and pillows, these wouldn’t look out of place in a heritage setting. The lounger also folds up and becomes completely weather proof. Available as a single, double or triple seat model.


The Cole Henley Table Barbecue

This outdoor dining table and barbecue combination lets everyone cook their food how they like it, whilst all sitting together. Its well designed and insulated so only the grill gets hot. Hand built in the UK, it is available as a four, six or eight seater.


Rustic Designs Limited

It does exactly what it says on the tin, if indeed you could buy bespoke rustic garden furniture in tins.


Kingsley Smythe

Specialists in luxury teak furniture, their new chunky log table and chair set caught my eye.


Jusi Colour

Voted as one of the “Must have products” in the Grand Design Magazine, they didn’t get me all that excited, but if you are looking to add some bright LED colour (at night at least) into a garden design, then these products are the best around at the moment. They make a full range of items, including arm chairs, planters, wine coolers and cubes.


Qui est Paul?

For plasticated garden furniture that has a certain “ju ne se pai?” look no further than Que est Paul? They do a large range of extremely well designed garden furniture and accessories that will add panache to any outdoor living set up.


Personalised benches – Cut by Fire

Greetings cards are so passé, be cool and say it with a bench instead.


Stepping off the faux grass and down Designer Alley led me to a superabundance of superbly designed furniture and homewares, more so than I’d come across at any other show, and it was all in one place! So bear with me, this may be a long list…


Retrodelic Designs

As they put it themselves: “Contemporary furniture with a retro twist”, and what a twist is is!


H & B

Fresh out of university, these two spritely furniture designers have already been making some waves with their designs. The funky looking Butterfly chair (pictured) has been commissioned and will soon be available; watch this space for details!

The pair also specialise in using boiled leather to create furniture pieces, check out the chest of drawers and stool.



Invisible city design studio – Incunabular collection

Based on the dimensions and ratios used for the international paper standard; think A3, A4, A5,  the new incunabular collection offers something a bit different. The pleasing geometrics are enhanced with delicate tones of colour and also offer very practical storage. I love the side table with it’s off centre legs.


Dare Studio

Some other off centre legs that caught my attention were on the Katakana Writing Desk by Dare Studio. Mmm sleek modernist  lines.

Sticks and Stone – Unique solid wood and stone wine racks, tables and benches

If you or your clients enjoy wine as much as I do, then having a beautiful place to store and display your collection, no matter how large or small, is a very important consideration. Sticks and Stone turn reclaimed pieces of wood and stone into gorgeous wine storage, if only I could hold onto my wine long enough to justify having one of these!


Shane Holland Design Workshops

Shane Holland Design Workshops make all sorts of stuff out of metal, wood and bits and bobs, including commercial and home furniture, stairs, sculptures and lights. But like a moth it was the lights that drew me to their stand.


Nic Parnell

If you read my report on Interiors UK you’ll recognise these lamps by reclaimed materials furniture designer Nic Parnell. I think these lamps are fantastic and they have now gone commercial so you can start specifying them for your clients! Nic also makes and reconditions other pieces of furniture, so if you are looking for something very unique and oh so colourful check out what else he has to offer. Nic’s got lots of new ideas in the pipeline so stay tuned for more news on his stuff as it happens.

Incidentally our friends at The National Design Academy interviewed one of their own students who had designed a room set for Grand Designs Live that featured one of Nic’s lamps, watch it here!


So there you have it, Grand Designs Live is the show to go to if you are looking for some creatively led inspiration. There really is something for everyone and lots of it. I only really scratched the surface with this report, there were whole areas I didn’t have time to explore, like I said, I could happily spent another day looking around, maybe two?

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  1. You gotta love that OOHLALA bench and the ones from Retrodelic Designs! A vintage feel but still sleek and modern. Cheers from Jaime @ webtemplates.com.au

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