Self-powered fans and upcycled chairs are some of the eco-friendly, environmentally conscious products that will be on display at the forthcoming consumer household accessories show Grand Designs London which runs May 5-13 at the ExCel Exhibition Center.
Grand Designs Live London is one of the UK's leading consumer-focused household accessories trade shows and stems from the Grand Designs television show hosted by designer Kevin McCloud.
In addition to the numerous bathroom, kitchen and garden items on display at the event, a variety of eco-friendly and environmentally conscious products will be on display at the ‘Kevin's Green Heroes' exhibition, which is now in its third year.
This year eco-friendly products included in Kevin's Green Heroes exhibition include upcycled textile decorations from London design studio Barley Massey; unique pieces of art made by etching on repurposed materials from design studio ‘UP'; FSC- and PEFC-certified wood for exteriors and interiors from Accoya; self-powered Eco Fans designed by researchers at the University of Waterloo, Canada; and bespoke furniture made from reclaimed materials created by the London Design Studio Hendzel + Hunt.
Speaking with regards to the designs on display Kevin McCloud commented "[they are] radical environmentally-friendly products from large manufacturers that we should be using more; clever recycled materials; stuff from small makers and craftspeople; low-energy technologies and brilliant cross-fertilized, creative ideas."
Products made from repurposed, recycled, or otherwise more environmentally friendly materials continue to grow in mainstream popularity. Maison & Objet in Paris (January 20-24 / September 7-11), one of the year's biggest interior design shows, promotes environmentally friendly products through its ‘Fil Vert' scheme, while ‘sustainability' is set to be a major feature at this year's New York International Gift Fair (August 18-23) and Tendence (August 24-28).