Yes, there were the obvious areas, like windows, building materials, timber, architects, etc, fantastic outdoor ideas to create your 'other room', the garden, and some rather cool 'sheds' like these two:
I certainly wouldn't mind having one of those in the garden to hide away in from time to time! ;o)
There was also a huge range of kitchen fitters/manufactirers, and some great bathroom and fitted furniture ideas. Not to mention the ubiquitous food and wine stalls, all offering delicious samples - can't wait for the Good Food Show in June to take full advantage of that side of shows!
In the kitchen area, I was very interested to see these fantastic water filter devices from Strauss Water, a new company over here, but apparently a household name in Israel. I love both the concept, using filters and a UV light to purify a never-ending stream of cold or hot water, and the funky designs in a huge variety of colours. The staff were really nice and friendly too! I really hope the brand takes off over here, not least because I really want one of these!!
But what really impressed with Mr McCloud's event was the design side of things, particularly the fine art area. Here are a few of my favourites. Enjoy!
|Funky prints from Cartoon Arts|
|I am totally in love with this Butterfly Chair from 2010 Designer of the Year Tortie Hoare|
It's both beautiful and comfortable
|Beautiful coloured glassware...|
|...inclduign this wonderful lamp from John Pyle Designs|
|These clocks from jeweller and clock designer Marcus Wilkinson are stunning,|
especially the Dali-esque melting clocks design featured below.
|There were some home sets designed by Dulux -|
love this decorative bookcase idea
|Maybe because it still feels like winter, I felt very drawn to these chunky knit cushions!|
|"The Apple Tree" by Robin Duttson is stunning, such vivid colours|
|Pug by Dominic Gubb at Store Street Gallery|
|Stunning lampshade from Devon Driftwood Designs|
|Fab playroom or bedroom cushions from Theo|
These 'Glass Cathedral' box art works by Lisa Swerling really blew my socks off.