The Ideal home show, formerly the Ideal home exhibition, opens today in Earls Court and runs until 13th April.
The first Ideal home show was in 1908, and while the themes have developed over the years, the aim has remained the same, namely: to bring together the latest inventions and technology for use around the home in a single venue.
This year’s main themes are saving money, saving energy, and saving space. Trevor Bayliss OBE, the celebrated inventor of the wind up radio, is due to launch a new product at the show, and the winner of the BBC’s Dragon’s Den is also going to be exhibiting.
Save money, save energy, save space
Exhibitors’ stands showcase furniture and gardening ideas while celebrity chefs can often be found providing cooking tips. Many of the inventions on show are very conceptual and may not make it to the mass market for several years – if at all. Manufacturers are also always on hand, however, to present their more tangible products, such as food processors, dishwashers, boilers, kettles and steam irons.
Ben Stevens, Which? researcher, said: ‘The Ideal home show has become a trading platform over recent years, where consumers and developers can interact. If you’re planning to visit the show, then we would suggest that you book a ticket in advance online, where a £3 saving can be made.’
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