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PUBLISHED: 01:17 08 April 2011 | UPDATED: 10:32 21 February 2013



This year's Grand Designs Live London show will see the return of the Design Bursary which will once again showcase exciting, up and coming and established product designers in the show's Design Arcade...


at Grand Designs Live London 2011

This years Grand Designs Live London show will see the return of the Design Bursary which will once again showcase exciting, up and coming and established product designers in the shows Design Arcade. The show will be running from the 30th April until the 8th May and will be hosted by Kevin McCloud.

After the success of the bursary initiative at the 2010 event, where designers had the opportunity to get their ideas and products across to a trade audience as well as hundreds of visitors, Grand Designs Live has once again chosen some of the best bright young talent in the field of art and design and invited them to use the show as a launch pad.

The diverse and varied collection of products on show will allow visitors who have an interest in unique designs to visit the bursary to source, buy and commission bespoke products for their homes. The bursary will be home to emerging artists, carpenters, wallpaper and textile designers and lighting designers.

Grand Designs Live is one of the most popular consumer home shows in the UK and this innovative bursary allows young designers to have instant consumer interaction and for them to exhibit their products for visitors and celebrities to look at.

Take a look below at some of the great products which can be found in the 2011 Grand Designs Live Bursary:

Dare Studio is an award winning British design company producing contemporary furniture and lighting products.

Established in 2009 by Sean Dare, Dare Studio champions the skills of the finest craftsmen and sets a benchmark for the very best in contemporary design and manufacture.

All of their pieces are made to order using a combination of traditional and modern techniques along with carefully sourced materials. They can offer bespoke flexibility throughout their range allowing all of their pieces to be tailored to the exact requirements of the customer.

See their beautifully crafted designs at Stand E60.

Flux Furniture (distributed by Pad Home)

As exclusive distributors for the UK and Ireland, Pad Home is proud to be launching Flux Furniture at Grand Designs Live London. Offering a practical solution with a designer edge, this beautiful design piece will fold completely flat into an envelope shape and is easy to carry around and store. It can be used both indoor and outside as it is fully weather proof.

Flux Furniture will be on Stand E67.

Hollie May Wallpapers and Textiles NEW LAUNCH

Hollie May will launch her range of handmade bespoke wallpapers, inspired by journeys at the event.

Continuing the themes and techniques she discovered while studying for her textile degree, Hollie has developed a new and vibrant range of print designs.

Having gained experience working in the field, Hollie discovered new techniques and has been experimental in her studio practice. Journeys during this time have given life to new illustrations, which form the bases of Hollies work.

Hollie will be exhibiting her collection Journeys in the bursary. All printed designs are hand-screen printed and/or digitally printed. Hollies techniques are layered to create strong and exciting visual imagery. All designs come from original illustrated drawings and collages. The colours are fun and add a quirky edge to interior designs.

Meet and see Hollies work on Stand E76.


Liquidesign is a multi-disciplined British design practice whose internationally renowned Liqui brand is fast becoming reputed for innovative, stylish furniture and lighting which is made with care and a respect for the environment, using local suppliers for materials wherever possible.

Many of their ever increasing range of products are made by hand at their own studio/workshop on the South coast of England. And when the need arises to use specialist techniques or get components manufactured they always try to work with local craftsmen and experts.

The Liquidesign team will be unveiling some brand new, previously unseen products at the show.

Liquidesign will also be showcasing their top three eco-friendly products: CURVA Tables, SPLICE Stackable Stools and their popular BAGALIGHTS. The CURVA tables are hand-formed using a smooth board that is made from wood waste and finished in a high gloss lacquer. The SPLICE stools are made from sustainably sourced Birch ply and the seats can be topped with 100% wool felt in a variety of colours, or they can be left plain in which case they could be used outdoors. The various styles of the quirky BAGALIGHT have been designed specifically to use energy saving bulbs. With their card and brown paper bag construction the shades are bio-degradable as well as giving out a warm, ambient light.

Visit their Stand at E41.

Assemblyroom Furniture was established in 2010 to complement their Commercial Interior design practise.

The ethos of their design approach is to create iconic furniture pieces which are refined and built to last. All of their furniture is manufactured employing the best of British craftsmanship and using the highest quality materials that have been carefully selected for their function, aesthetics and sustainability.

Assemblyroom Furniture is made by hand and to order and can be viewed at Stand E95.

Jody Leach Tea Nest

Tea-Nest is a set of compact table and chairs that provides space for two to sit, drink, eat and talk where space is at a premium. The two chairs simply slide out from underneath the table. The table is big enough for drinks and a light meal for two. Or if you work from home there is even enough space for a laptop.

The set is constructed from birch ply which is hand finished by myself, with the sides coated with a hard wearing polypropylene. The set is available in any colour you want, as long as its black, white or red. Please contact me for custom finishes. Stand E75.

Vintage Lights

Vintage Lights is a creative lighting company which not only refurbishes unusual vintage lights, but designs and manufactures bespoke lighting. The company started in 2010 by Gareth Randall an engineer, and Louise Streek an interior designer.

Their ethos is very much ethical design coupled with economic design. Special lighting should be affordable to everyone without compromising on style.

They are very keen up-cyclers of old brass lighting which the design duo can transform into something much more contemporary. They often convert the chandeliers with our special low wattage candlelight lamps which emit a light characteristic of the glow of candles.

Vintage Lights will be showcasing several new things at the Grand Designs Live show; check them out at Stand E93.

Trisha Enes, Designer-Maker

Designer-maker Trisha Enes will exhibit some of her unique creations at the show.

Her Nepenthe range of decorative low-voltage LED lighting is all hand-made and illustrates how she allows light to play with the materials in her delicate designs.

The Nepenthe pendant consists of gently suspended light pods, hand-knitted from fine silver-plated insulated wire. When lit the organic-shaped pods float gracefully, creating a serene focal point that draws the eye. It can be up to 2.6meters long, ideal for a stairwell while shorter versions can make any room feel special.

The Nepenthe range also includes plug-in and wall-lights which are like lit works of art, knitted from silver or coloured wire, casting colourful shadows onto the background. These are an elegant way to decorate your home or even as a gift-idea.

Trisha works to commission and is always happy to discuss bespoke requirements.

Visit her at stand E80.

Narduzzo Design

Mary Narduzzos refined ceramic tablewares create their own dance and interaction as they move across the table.

The London based Applied Artist designs an eclectic mix of cutting edge craft inspired by the marriage between linear lines and natural form.

Her range of contemporary products incorporates fine dining, bathroom accessories, shelving and intricate art work. The Harmony Collection combines unison between natural walnut and asymmetrical porcelain vessels and can be seen on Stand E86.


The Bursary will be located in the Design Arcade which will be a central feature in the show alongside Grand Interiors sponsored by Dulux. Grand Interiors is one of seven sections at Grand Designs Live London, which also includes Grand Build sponsored by VELUX, Grand Technology and the House of the Future presented by Virgin Media, Grand Village, Grand Kitchens sponsored by Miele, Grand Bathrooms and Grand Gardens.

The award-winning consumer show for design and inspiration for the home is based on the hugely popular and successful Channel 4 TV series presented by design guru Kevin McCloud.

Grand Designs Live London runs from Saturday 30th April Sunday 8th May 2011, at ExCeL London. Book tickets now and save 4*, book online at www.granddesignslive.com, or call the 24 hour box office on 0844 209 7349 + kids go free.

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