Grand Design Blinds were selected to supply tricky shaped blinds for large arched windows at the new Eurostar Business Premier Lounge at Gare du Nord in Paris. We provided remote-control roller blinds in a screen fabric, the arched sections pulling upwards from a custom-made timber box concealing the blind workings with the rectangular blinds dropping from below. Keep an eye on our project page for the final images in due course.
We are featured as the bespoke blinds supplier for a case study on our Blewbury project in Self Build & Design magazine's January 2017 issue. The article details the importance of automated shading in high-quality smart eco-homes, with advice from the MD of Loxone, who we worked with to link our blinds with the building's home automation system. Read the article or view the project on our website by clicking on the links below.
We are featured as a bespoke blinds expert in the Homes & Gardens Q&A section of this month’s Henley Life magazine, discussing the available blinds solutions for tricky shaped glazing – click the link below to read the article.
We are featured in the September issue of House & Garden magazine as an expert in shaped blinds with an image of our bespoke remote-control electric Duette blinds at a project in Leicestershire - see the project page by clicking the link below.
Check our Instagram feed for the latest images of our work and other new inspiration, we are always innovating and keen to ensure we offer the best solutions for shaped windows. Click the link below to view our Instagram profile.
Grand Design Blinds will be exhibiting in the Town Hall at the Henley House & Garden Show on Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 March 2016. Come and see us and our selection of products, we would be glad to talk you through our solutions. Have a look at the event website by clicking on the link below.
We are busy designing our brand new sales kit to showcase our recent developments and innovations, as well as our curated fabric collections. We will soon be able to demonstrate our new shaped blinds technologies in a sleek and elegant format! Please contact us to arrange a visit.
Since we were established as a limited company on 17 December 2012, Grand Design Blinds has remained one of the only companies to specialise in shaped blinds and we are frequently referred work by other blinds companies. We are very grateful to our suppliers, clients and supporters – here’s to the next three years and beyond!
Our pleated blinds are made chiefly by hand in small factories in South London and Kent, a labour intensive process requiring huge skill to ensure the correct shape and operation is achieved. The fabric is marked, cut, drilled, fitted to the headrails, corded, and tested entirely by hand – this is quite a slow process, but it is the best way of making sure our blinds are as close to perfect as possible.
Grand Design Blinds has been selected to appear on The List, House & Garden magazine’s directory of 1000 design professionals. The List will be launching in January 2016 so keep an eye out for us there!
We are currently involved in the opening of the new Wondertree restaurant at London Gatwick Airport, our first airport project; we will be installing 16 Farrow & Ball painted Pinoleum blinds across the floor-to-ceiling windows facing the runway, all manufactured to comply with Gatwick’s strict flame-retardancy regulations. The restaurant will be opening in the coming months, following the success of the Heathrow branch, so keep an eye out!
Grand Design Blinds have been proud members of the Henley Business Partnership for over a year now. Getting involved in the local community and meeting so many interior designers, architects and other professionals in the area is brilliant – we hope to participate more and more in the Oxfordshire business circle.
Grand Design Blinds is owned and run by father and son team, Jonathan and Nick Pelly-Fry. We pride ourselves on our ability to find a solution for any shape or size of window and we haven’t yet been defeated. Our passion is contemporary architecture and we are very lucky to work with such wonderful buildings.
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We are now installing a job at Raymond Blanc’s hotel and Michelin starred restaurant, Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons, in Oxfordshire. Their new function room posed a complex problem for shading with a fairly low and very large flat glass roof – our solution was specialist tensioned roller blinds concealed in recesses to be almost invisible when retracted.
Grand Design Blinds have been over to Stuttgart in Germany for the R+T show – the largest trade show for the blinds and shutters industry. We were on the hunt for new technologies in shaped shading and spoke to some great suppliers.
We are always seeking out new innovative products to ensure we are never defeated by a difficult job.
We have introduced two new blind systems, designed with child and pet safety in mind. But as well as being safety compliant these new systems look great and operate smoothly.
The LiteRise® is a stylish, tensioned product that functions with a simple push-up and pull-down operation. No cords mean that it looks clean and uncluttered, and it is the safest operating method on the market. This system works with both Duette and regular pleated blinds.
The SmartCord™ system uses a patented retractable cord design that smoothly pulls the cord back into the head rail after use. This means that the single cord will return to a consistent length and will no longer fall dangerously to floor level. It looks elegant and has no loop, making these blinds far safer than previous corded systems. This system is available only in pinoleum and Duette pleated blinds.
Our penthouse project at Fitzrovia Apartments has been featured in The Week magazine's pick of the best rooftop properties in London. Our blinds were specified by the interior designers Fabled Studio for the joint-venture property development clients Manhattan Loft Corporation and Ridgeford Properties. The three-bedroom penthouse was listed at £6.75million and later sold. Click below to read the article or view the project.
We have published an interpretation of the BS EN 13120:2009+A1:2014 Safety Regulations for Blind Cords and Chains. This affects all manufacturers, suppliers and specifiers of corded blinds and came into force on 19 February 2014. Click the link below to read our article, or see the BBSA's Make It Safe campaign website here.