confessions of a design geek
confessions of a design geek is an award-winning blog established in 2010 by Katie Treggiden to discover, champion and inspire new designers. Katie also writes for Design Milk, We Heart, London Design Guide, LivingEtc and Ideal Home.
out and about :: salonesatellite, milan 2014

out and about :: salonesatellite, milan 2014

SaloneSatellite is my favourite part of the fair, and always a great place to spot rising stars. It was launched in 1998 to bring together the most promising new designers from all over the world and immediately became an incubator of young creative talent. Many of the pieces presented as prototypes in...
out and about :: zona tortona, milan 2014

out and about :: zona tortona, milan 2014

Via Tortona was just a sleepy, warehouse-filled street southwest of Milan’s centre, when Italian Vogue art director Flavio Lucchini and photographer Fabrizio Ferri opened photography studios there in 1983. People thought they were crazy, but the design and fashion worlds followed and Zona Tortona is now a mainstay of Milan Design...
out and about :: ventura lambrate, milan 2014

out and about :: ventura lambrate, milan 2014

Ventura Lambrate is without doubt my favourite part of Milan Design Week. It is always bursting at the seams with young enthusiastic designers, new ideas and cutting edge design, with a real festival vibe – and this year was no exception. I spent a beautiful sunny day exploring every last...
out and about :: wallpaper*handmade, milan 2014

out and about :: wallpaper*handmade, milan 2014

Milan Design Week was amazing again this year! I met inspiring designers, I saw incredible design and the sun shone all week. I’ve got so much to tell you about it’s going to be a bit of a Milan take-over on the blog this week! First up, Wallpaper* Handmade. A...
interview :: vera & kyte

interview :: vera & kyte

Vera & Kyte is a Bergen-based design studio made up of Vera Kleppe and Åshild Kyte. Together they design furniture, products and interior spaces. They describe themselves as “always seeking new impressions, eager to discover the trigger for our next idea.” It was that endless curiosity that interested me and...
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photos of numbers :: 37, 345 & 1/2

photos of numbers :: 37, 345 & 1/2

To round up this week’s Milan Design Week coverage, here’s a little selection of numbers spotted in Milan… Stay tuned for lots more from Milan next week. In the meantime have a lovely weekend and happy Easter to those who are celebrating.
design for good :: sowhow

design for good :: sowhow

I believe that design has the power to make people’s lives better. Sometimes that’s something profound, like Maggie’s, sometimes, it’s something quite simple. Bristol-based Paul Matson launched SowHow last weekend to help people grow their own vegetables for the first time. He says, “A few years ago I got an allotment plot in Bristol having...
out and about :: milan14 preview

out and about :: milan14 preview

I am off to Milan tomorrow for Design Week and I couldn’t be more excited. I absolutely love design festivals – for designers, they are when all the hard work behind the scenes pays off, the curtain lifts and they show their wares to the world, often for the first time. The sense of anticipation...
photos of numbers :: 100, WG04 & 8

photos of numbers :: 100, WG04 & 8

Hello and happy Friday! Here’s a little collection of numbers for all you type geeks. I love the 100. It took me a few goes to get it right, but I think it shows that you can get interesting photos of even the most mundane things if you try a little harder to find an...
here's one I made earlier :: utopia & utility

here’s one I made earlier :: utopia & utility

I saw Utopia & Utility‘s Stacking Vessels for the first time in Milan last year, and have since seen them at Clerkenwell Design Week and most recently at Maison et Objet in January. I decided it was high time I found out more about how these captivating objects are made. Pia Wustenberg, the creative force...
interview :: timerous beasties

interview :: timerous beasties

I first came across Timerous Beasties at Clerkenwell Design Week some years ago where they were showing concrete slabs with highly detailed and floral patterns etched into them. I love concrete and I love juxtapositions, so I was hooked. Better known for their subversive take on the often twee world of textile and wallpaper design,...
out and about :: designs of the year

out and about :: designs of the year

The Designs of the Year exhibition at the Design Museum is one of the highlights of my year. Now in its seventh year, it showcases all the nominations for the Design of Year awards and includes architecture, digital, fashion, furniture, graphic, product and transport design from around the world. I love seeing things there that...
photos of numbers :: 5, 20 & 6p

photos of numbers :: 5, 20 & 6p

Hello and happy Friday! A bright, colourful selection of numbers for you this week. The 5 was spotted just outside the British Library and I think in fact is one of the entrance gates… gate 5 perhaps! The 20 is the first half of 2013 in a gorgeous diary I was given last year, but...
feature :: the law of jante

feature :: the law of jante

As I typed the pleasingly alliterative phrase ‘Danish design duo’ for the umpteenth time, it struck me how often I’ve met Scandinavian designers working in pairs or teams, versus their Southern counterparts who tend to work alone. The law of Jante – Janteloven in Danish and Norwegian and Jantelagen in Swedish – describes the Scandinavian...
interview :: resurface designs

interview :: resurface designs

I came across Stephen Sheffield’s work when one of my favourite photographer’s Adam Hollier introduced me to it following a shoot. Resurface Designs breathes new life into old furniture and creates one-off designs for contemporary interiors. Steve and I talked model-making, alien space ships and the lure of azure… What’s the most important thing to...
out and about :: jameel prize

out and about :: jameel prize

I popped into the V&A last week to see the Jameel Prize exhibition. Awarded every two years, the Jameel Prize is a £25,000 international art prize for contemporary artists and designers inspired by traditional Islamic art, craft and design. The film above is a short excerpt of an absolutely captivating video installation by Mounir Fatmi,...
creative spaces :: sarah hamilton

creative spaces :: sarah hamilton

Having talked it about for quite some time, I was excited about finally seeing printmaker Sarah Hamilton‘s studio, but nothing quite prepared for me the stunning 1950s house it’s inside. You come in through the front door, stairs lead down to the bedrooms and up to a glass fronted and therefore light-filled lounge, with views...