Grand Designs Live – KEVIN McCLOUD’S 2014 ‘GREEN HEROES’


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Grand Designs Live sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements returns this October from 9th – 12th October at Birmingham’s NEC.

Based on the Channel 4 TV series, and presented by design guru Kevin McCloud, the event will be packed with over 500 exhibitors, across six different sections, covering interiors, gardens, food and housewares, kitchens and bathrooms, home improvement, self-build, renovations, technology and shopping.

If you are in the middle of your own GRAND design or simply looking for some ideas and inspiration, this is a show not to be missed.

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Back by popular demand for the fourth year, ‘Kevin McCloud’s Green Heroes’ will return to Grand Designs Live Birmingham, sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements this October. The handpicked selection of the most important innovations in green design will sit at the heart of the exhibition providing a platform for un-sung designers to showcase their designs and inventions.

In his role at the forefront of Grand Designs, Kevin McCloud has documented hundreds of buildings over the past two decades. This has given him an enormously wide knowledge of materials, the latest technologies and new sustainable practices in the construction market, making him a touchstone for inventive products and ideas. Building on that experience in 2010, Kevin decided to launch Kevin McCloud’s Green Heroes, inspired by his passion for innovative eco-friendly product design and green building products.

Here are just a few of his chosen heroes…

Washing-Machine-Drum-LampsDrum Lamp – William Heffer

Used washing machine drums are given a new life with this up-cycled product which is founded on three principles:

  1. locally sourced and recycled materials
  2. handmade to the highest standard
  3. transforming or reinventing to something which totally disconnects from its past use

The drums of washing machines are salvaged from local recycling centres, giving them a fresh use and ensuring the lamps are 90% recycled.

MG_7641Rupert Blanchard

Rupert Blanchard is a designer, maker and collector. He trawls the streets searching for discarded waste and undervalued materials to hoard and chop up, creating new contemporary furniture. Repurposing his finds, he lavishes attention on them, instilling respect for waste whilst retaining a story from their former life.

Each Multi-Drawer Cabinet is unique, made with refurbished reclaimed plywood building site hoardings for the main framework. Drawers, doors, signs, fixtures and fittings are collected from all over the UK, remaining at Rupert’s workshop in Margate until the day they are called back into use, becoming the centre of a new furniture design.


Foldability is a London based design studio specialising in interior products inspired by origami and geometry. The Sonobe Collection is a series of origami inspired lighting designs. Each one is made using paper squares that are folded and pieced together entirely by hand. The designs are hand-made in London by the designer, Kyla McCallum.


To see Kevin’s other Green Heroes visit Grand Designs Live, the ultimate destination for home owners and self-builders at Birmingham NEC,

9 – 12 October 2014

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