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. It has been named as a top design blog by Dwell US, Elle Decor Italia and The Sunday Times. Katie also writes for Dezeen, Design Milk, Telegraph and Ideal Home.
pinterest :: yellow

pinterest :: yellow

I love this quote. I’ve seen it around, but it didn’t really resonate with me until recently when I fell into bed at the end of a long, unproductive day feeling like an absolute failure. I spotted it on Instagram and it gave me the quiet determination to try again...
feature :: colour

feature :: colour

I was recently invited to join the judging panel for the 2015 Dulux Let’s Colour awards and to nominate two new rising stars I thought were worthy of recognition in the newly created “Young Designer” category. I nominated Zoe Tynan-Campbell’s Hasbeens, and Meggan Johnson’s Dots Project. (Winners are announced on...
interview :: primary grey

interview :: primary grey

Thomas Poole studied at Goldsmiths before working for some of the leading names in British art and design, and then setting up on his own, founding Primary Grey just last year, to produce his own furniture. He makes everything by hand at his combined studio and workshop in New Cross. I caught...
pinterest :: orange

pinterest :: orange

You might have spotted from last week’s post on red, that I’ve changed the way I’m using Pinterest for confessions of a design geek. There’s a board for every colour of the rainbow and I think they look fab – especially the orange one! Orange is the new yellow, no?...
feature :: the thinking behind the invisible store of happiness

feature :: the thinking behind the invisible store of happiness

I am really excited to be working with Sebastian Cox, Laura Ellen Bacon and the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) on a series of four essays for the Invisible Store of Happiness project, which will culminate in an installation at Clerkenwell Design Week in May. This is the first of...
fiera :: issue 2

fiera :: issue 2

I am delighted to announce that Issue 1 of Fiera Magazine has very nearly sold out, so if you haven’t managed to get your hands on a copy, hop over to the magCulture shop quick! As you will have seen, we are hard at work on Issue 2, which will...
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pinterest :: red

pinterest :: red

I’ve made some changes to the confessions of a design geek Pinterest page and thought it was about time I shared them with you. Inspired by the Kaleidoscope section of Fiera Magazine, the boards are now arranged by colour and feature the same sort of product and furniture design I cover on the blog, combined...
out and about :: paris

out and about :: paris

Bonjour mes amies! We hopped over the channel (well, technically under the channel) for a little jaunt to Paris for my birthday recently. I love going back to a city you’ve been to a couple of times, so there’s no pressure to see the sights – you can just live like a local for a...
creative spaces :: eley kishimoto

creative spaces :: eley kishimoto

I was recently invited for a behind the scenes tour of Eley Kishimoto‘s London studio – what a treat! The label, which initially made its name in fashion but is increasingly making waves in product and furniture design, was founded in the early 1990s by Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto. I was amazed to discover...
out and about :: stockholm

out and about :: stockholm

As you know, I jetted off to snowy Sweden for the Stockholm Furniture Fair in February. I am incredibly lucky in that I get to travel all over the world visiting design fairs, but I’m often so focused on my work that I forget to be grateful for that: to look around me and really...
out and about :: twelve at stockholm furniture fair, 2015

out and about :: twelve at stockholm furniture fair, 2015

Disegno founder and editor-in-chief Johanna Agerman Ross curated Twelve for the Stockholm Furniture Fair, an edit of established independent, Nordic designers. The theme for this year was Methods. “In recent years, the documentation of research and the practical method of making has become just as prominent a part of the project as the finished design...
out and about :: ambiente frankfurt

out and about :: ambiente frankfurt

Despite being one of the biggest consumer goods fairs in the world, Ambiente Frankfurt has so far eluded me, so I was over the moon to make my first trip there last weekend. Between Ambiente Talent, Next, Design Plus and the German Design Award, the investment in new talent is significant, so I had my...
out and about :: greenhouse, stockholm furniture fair 2015

out and about :: greenhouse, stockholm furniture fair 2015

Greenhouse is the reason I brave the snow in Stockholm every February. The Stockholm Furniture Fair‘s showcase of design graduates and new designers, it’s always an amazing place to spot new talent and meet passionate designers. The space was designed by Note Design Studio, for the third year running, with slightly unsettling mirrored centrepiece – more...
out and about :: northmodern

out and about :: northmodern

My first overseas trade show of the year was a new one – Northmodern in Copenhagen. I was really excited to be back in a city I visited for the first time only last August and keen to check out the new design talent at the show. One of the first stands I spotted was Copenhagen-based...
out and about :: home london, january 2015

out and about :: home london, january 2015

Last week I wrote about the fabulous 2015 confessions of a design geek bursary designers, and alumni from previous years, and their stands at Home London. There were also lots of other really talented designers showing their wares at the first trade show of the year, so this week I wanted to share some of...
coadg bursary :: home london, january 2015

coadg bursary :: home london, january 2015

So, the big day finally came and after months of preparation the confessions of a design geek bursary shortlisted designers made their way to Home London to set up their stands, ready to take part in their first trade show. 2015 bursary winner Alicja Patanowska went for a minimalist aesthetic that put her products at...
out and about :: desso best in class winner

out and about :: desso best in class winner

Before Christmas, I shared some pictures of an exhibition of design graduates I curated for Desso called Best In Class. As part of the exhibition visitors could vote for a winner, who was awarded a £500 bursary from Desso to invest in their career. I am delighted to announce that University of Dundee graduate Steve Swanton won...
fiera :: issue 1

fiera :: issue 1

I am delighted to formally (if somewhat belatedly) announce that Issue 1 of Fiera Magazine is now a reality. Holding a copy in my hands for the first time just before Christmas was the highlight of my year, if not my career, and I am so grateful to everybody who helped to make it happen....