Grand Designs Live launches All-New Great British Box Room Competition for 2020.

Every house has one, and they seem to be a uniquely British aspect to home design, The Box Room. Typically, this small room is left unused, forgotten or used as a dumping ground for the things that don’t fit anywhere else. The Great British Box Room Competition aims to revitalise and utilise this often-forgotten room.  The competition will comprise of a new series of 6 installations, each imagined by a different interior designer, will be on display only at Grand Designs Live, proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements from 2nd -10th May 2020. This brand-new, imaginative and exciting feature will aim to inspire visitors and encourage them to take home new ideas, information and supplier contacts.

This winner of the competition will be announced on the Grand Theatre at the show on the 8th May, with judges including Kevin McCloud, Jenny Gibbs from the KLC School of Design and Harriet Forde, President of the British Institute of Interior Design.

From the myriad of entries from across the UK, Grand Designs Live has invited six pioneering interior stylists to come and bring their ideas to life at the show, using colour, materials and patterns to achieve impressive results in small spaces. See details of the finalist’s proposals below…

Edward Humphrey-Davies of EDECO

Edward Humphrey-Davies - Great British Box Room Competition

Edward Humphrey-Davies of EDECO’s room, “Think outside the Box” aims to maximise the small space and to make the room as multifunctional as possible, with a stripped back industrial feel. The use of fold-away furniture and a contemporary monotone palette evokes the illusion of space, while different wall coverings and tones are used to create distinct zones within the room.

Anna Barber of House of Kin

Anna Barber of House Of Kin aims to create a cozy home library, where adults and children can enjoy time together away from screens and busy lives. This box room will be a refuge to sit, talk, listen and reconnect with the imaginations. A pull-out bed and handy storage add additional functionality, making the most of the space.

Penny Johnson of Penny Ann Interiors’ box room has been inspired by the 1965 ‘British Invasion’ of British rock and pop music to America. This Great British Box Room provides an escape from the everyday, a chance to relive the vibrant freedom of the 1960s post war era but mostly, an opportunity to be immersed in an era that was truly Great for Britain.

Comfort Being Ltd - Great British Box Room Competition

Chetna Balla of Comfort Being Ltd ‘s room will become an inviting and stylish space perfect for reading, relaxing with a cup of tea after a long day or taking time out of a hectic lifestyle to simply relax. Blue tones and plush textures create a sense of calm and a relaxed ambience.

Amy Arnold of Oosh Design Co. will create a room that aims for its occupants to ‘dream big in small spaces’. This serene home office inspires creativity not only for work, but for imaginative projects on the weekends, with a soft colour palette, raw materials and textures reminiscent of nature, adding an undercurrent of calm and tranquillity.

Art Textiles Design for Interiors - Great British Box Room Competition

Madeleine Tapp of Art Textiles Design for Interiors’ Box Room was inspired by British buildings that have been represented in features within the tiny space.  The room’s main function is as an exercise haven as well as a chillout zone.  The room is accessible and can be easily recreated; with up-cycling and sustainability at its heart.

Designs from these six finalists will be on display at Grand Designs Live, at London’s ExCeL, from 2 – 10 May 2020. Claim your 2 x FREE tickets to the show when you book through our Events page or using the code GHLDN. Grand Designs Live is a must-visit for anyone looking for innovative products, advice or inspiration for their self-build project.