Initially I wasn’t going to write this post as it’s more of a rant than a review, but I decided to go ahead anyway as I’m all about the art of being authentic. 😁 So, just last week I decided to visit Grand Designs Live 2018. It was to be my first time at this particular event and I have to say I was eager with anticipation about what feast was in store for my hungry eyes to see! I was expecting to see something mighty! After all, the term ‘Grand’ Implies that I should expect to experience something imposing, something amazing something really rather inspiring. Well, at least that’s what I thought anyway.
Now if you’re a builder or a developer all of this may not apply to you; simply because there were some useful items for building development and design; something that I was expecting to see. But if you’re a creative looking to get inspired, you might have found that you left feeling a little underwhelmed. Now don’t get me wrong, there were a few glimmers of magic… in particular I loved the speaker’s insights with Kevin McCloud (that man truly is a genius) but from my perspective, for the most part, the things that I saw were really rather ordinary… and not very grand at all!
In fact, I think the grandest thing I saw was what looked to me like an eight-foot patch-work tin elephant! Yes, because everybody wants an eight-foot tin elephant chilling in their back garden. 😏
This takes me back to my days of teaching Design Technology … cute when kids make them during the learning process but for Grand Designs, surely not?
This may be my own subjective point of view and I’ll probably get hanged by tomorrow but consider this…
There are so many talented designers and makers out there who have products of real value to offer to others, but often they don’t have the funds to exhibit at these grandiose events; To me sadly it’s very much looking like they just don’t get the opportunity.
Instead of an inspiring array of talented designers and makers products (what I was expecting to see) I got the option to purchase a £3000- pound massage chair, or a nifty little slicer that cuts your egg into 5 pieces in one fell swoop. I don’t need to go to Grand Designs for that! I can get those from Robert Dyas or on QVC!
If I want a massage I’ll go to a spa… surely that’s waaaaay more attractive than having one of THESE in the living room? 😯
Now don’t get me wrong I’m all up for design innovation but I’m not so sure about the displaying of nifty little expensive products that really, I don’t have any use for. I mean really, how difficult is to cut a boiled egg with a knife?
Yes, I come to a trade show because I want to be inspired to buy. But I also want to be inspired by the designers, innovators and artists of tomorrow.
Show me something different… something unique, something I never imagined I would see.
Dear team in charge at Grand Designs Live, can we have a re-think? How can we create opportunities for smaller scale artists, designers and creative businesses to flourish?
How can we showcase their bright ideas which in my opinion more often than not, are much grander than a rotary knife for vegetables or an 8-foot tin elephant?
Am I the only one who feels this way? Comments below, please!
P.S Apologies for the lack of photo footage… Yes, that how inspired I was by the event!