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Grand Designs Live London 2013

Written on the 13th May

So, I woke up this morning with sore shoulders, aching biceps and a back pain that you should experience only at the age of 80. This can only mean one thing: the take down of another art show. This time, not any art show, but Grand Designs Live London 2013.

Based on the Channel 4 TV series, this nine-day event started in 2008 and now takes place annually in London and Birmingham, as well as Australia where it launched in 2011. The event takes over an overwhelmingly vast space within the ExCel center and is packed with over 500 exhibitors across seven sections, covering self-build, renovations, home improvement, interiors, gardening, technology and shopping.

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Emma Stanfield at the 2013 Grand Designs Live Show

My stand with DegreeArt, an innovative company who represent recent graduates and emerging artists from the most prestigious art establishments, was positioned nicely in the buzzing Design Arcade where people could find the perfect finishing touches to create their dream home. Everything from artwork to candles, eco wood baths to stunning chandeliers, it seemed the Arcade was the place to be, with a constant parade of people throughout the nine day event.

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Our stand seemed to draw people in by the fluorescent neon’s of Louise McNaughts stags and intriguing digital prints by Sophie Derrick, over laid with thick oil paint. But what everyone loved was Anna Rothwell’s copper resin sculptures, each with their own sweet name.

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The days were busy but I did manage to have a quick look around, on route to the bathrooms or on the coffee run, and what grabbed my attention was the quirky company Art Vinyl with their ‘Play&Display’ frames that showcase vinyl covers as a piece of art that is easy to change whenever you fancy. Safe to say these unique frames have been added to my birthday list!


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