Over the last five years, Grand Designs Live has gained the reputation of being one of the most outstanding and magnificent home and garden show in South Africa. This year, the anticipated event will be taking place at the Dome in Johannesburg from the 29th to the 31st of May 2015. Boasting an array of different sections each complete with top brands, leading-edge designers, expert tips and innovative features, Grand Designs Live has developed into an all-encompassing experience where visitors can enjoy seemingly endless delights. This year’s theme focuses on up-cycling; the opportunities and innovations that accompany this eco-friendly headspace are truly endless. Aligned to an on-going shift towards using natural materials and the rebirth of artisanal craftsmanship, the need to re-use, re-purpose and re-invent older objects is now a major trend. This trend results in unique, once-off pieces and offers a gentle reminder that we should embrace and celebrate our past, and not succumb to a disposable, always-now culture. Expect to see this approach in many astounding forms at Grand Designs Live 2015. The event is segmented into an array of areas and specialist stands that will define the upcoming instalment. As part of the introductory experience, visitors will be greeted at the entrance by adorned eye-catching designs and illustrations created by a host of local artists, all drawn with chalk. Then it’s on to the Grand Designs Live Tunnel, a momentous entrance sponsored by Whirlpool. From here, The Grand Arches act as a gateway into the show’s multiple, diverse areas. First will be Grand Interiors with an incredible Tree House centrepiece sponsored by Belgotex and Duraturf. This two-roomed tree house, towering high above everything else, has been specially-built for the occasion, using recycled wood, and decorated by top interior decorators in a tribute to all things natural. Grand Gardens will be enhanced by a beautiful Garden Theatre Pavilion: an intricately-designed structure open garden accented with pergolas. This amazing space brings the outdoors in by incorporating mighty trees, natural lawns and the sounds of birds. Designed by GLC Design and presented by Garden World, Jane’s Delicious Gardens and Talbourn Organics, it’s the ideal place to lie back and relax, whilst listening to Tanya Visser and an array of experts speak. In the Grand Build and DIY area, Black + Decker in association with Easy DIY will be constructing a magnificent, towering DIY Theatre. In the spirit of the overall theme, it will be created from two containers stacked on top of each other, and will be reinforced by recyclable elements. For example: seats made from tyres from where guests can sit and listen to even more inspirational words from some of the DIY world’s leading lights In the Kitchen Area, there’s the ever-popular Chef’s Theatre, brought to you by Easylife Kitchens, in association with Whirlpool, South African Chefs Association and Food & Home Entertaining. Here one can catch much-loved celebrity foodies who will be sampling, demonstrating and sharing secrets on how to create the perfect meal, leaving you with all the passion and knowledge to go home and repeat these in your own kitchen. Here it’s also all about repurposed living, with an array of green ideas in action like herb gardens growing on the walls. And finally, in the Bathroom Area, expect to encounter a massive mix of exciting options. Here the focus is on providing world-class choice, both in the products on display, the ideas around reinventing this space and the tips and advice that are on offer. Here, state-of-the-art meets artistic license, and the only thing holding you back is your own imagination. Grand Designs Live Home & Garden Show 2015 is a multi-sensory, multi-purpose, multi-faceted event that caters to everyone who has even the slightest intention of turning their house into a home. From the magnificent entrance through to the many different manners in which up-cycling is brought to life, to talks, activities, high-tech products and first-hand demonstrations, expert guests, immersive environments and out-the-box exhibits all aim to be revelatory and reinvigorating… Come and be inspired by all things grand!
Venue: the dome Date: 29 – 31 May Times: Friday 29th May: 10h00-18h00 Saturday 30th May: 10h00 – 18h00 Sunday 31st May: 10h00 – 17h00 Price: R90-00 (Pensioners and Students: R60, children under 12 are free) Visit: www.granddesignslive.com