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Calling all designers: Grand Designs Live launches new 'Under the Stairs' competition

* Calling-all-designers.jpgAfter its success at the London show in May, Grand Designs Live's 'Under the Stairs' feature will be reimagined at Birmingham's NEC this October. A new series of eight installations, each imagined by a different interior designer, will be on display only at Grand Designs Live, from 9th - 13th October, 2019.

The competition will focus on the increase in the use of unconventional spaces and Grand Designs Live is inviting pioneering interior stylists bring their ideas to life at the show.

Aiming to attract a diverse range of creative and clever ideas to transform Under the Stairs spaces; the organisers hope that designers will dress the rooms with products which are easily accessible to exhibition visitors and are either in stock or online from current retailers, manufacturers and designers.

Every room can have many purposes and uses, unique to each designer and their needs, ranging from a workspace, to a downstairs toilet or a playroom for children. This imaginative and exciting feature will aim to inspire visitors and encourage them to take home new ideas, information, supplier contacts and spark creativity in them all, for their very own 'Grand Design'.

From the eight finalists chosen from the entries submitted, the winner of the competition will be announced on the Grand Theatre at the show on the 9th October 2019 with judges including Kevin McCloud, Jenny Gibbs of the KLC and a representative from the British Institute of Interior Design.

Each room will be approximately 2200mm x 850mm. You will be supplied with plain exhibition carpet which should be covered in your design. Any flooring used needs to be easily removed and any laminate flooring used must be loose lay or remain unglued.

Each room will be supplied with:

* 1 x 500w double power socket
* 1 x 500w power supply for you to connect a light fitting
* Additional sockets and power supplies are available for each set but the cost for these items will need to be covered by the designer if requested

Entries for the Under the Stairs competition are now open, closing on 22nd July. For the chance to bring your ideas - or one of your employees' ideas to life at Grand Designs Live NEC then please create a digital mood board that portrays the design and send to:

E: [email protected]

6th July 2019

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