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 :: metal

pinterest :: metal

It’s strange how over the last few years warm metallics have gone from being an absolute no-no to something no interior seems complete without. It started in Scandinavia where the warmth of copper, brass and gold offered little twinkling moments in long, cold, dark winters, so it’s no surprise that the...
feature :: into the fold

feature :: into the fold

My second article for the Guardian Weekend Magazine appeared this weekend – a trends piece on origami inspired homewares, accompanied by fabulous photography by Stephen Lenthall. I thought I would share it with you. It was slightly cut down for the paper, so here is the original full-length version… In...
interview :: flock

interview :: flock

I first came across Flock when I was interviewing Florrie and Bill founder Amy Cawson, and she told me about a collaboration she had done using their fabric to upholster a chair. Flock works exclusively with recent graduates to create gorgeous printed textiles. Each designer is given a platform to...
out and about :: chelsea flower show

out and about :: chelsea flower show

At the end of May, I went to my very first Chelsea Flower Show. The New Craftsmen had been invited to curate the Artisan Sheds and surrounding area and invited me to come along and take a look. I dragged along dear friend and interior designer Daisy Riordan and we...
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pinterest :: glass

pinterest :: glass

I really want to have a go at glassblowing. There is something so magical about watching something so solid and brittle become molten and pliable and watching it shaped in the hands – or more correctly, with the mouths – of master craftspeople. It’s a material I am absolutely fascinated by. Until I get round...
interview :: felix bell

interview :: felix bell

This is the fifth in a series of interviews with young designers identified by the Design Council as “Ones to Watch“. Felix Bell‘s Brick Bottle is an everyday drinks container with a potentially life-changing second use. The empty container, when filled with sand or soil, transforms into a construction material, designed to build fire, flood and earthquake-resistant shelters for refugees...
pinterest :: wood

pinterest :: wood

What is it about wood? It seems to appeal to something deep within us. I recently interviewed East London institution ‘Barn the spoon’ – a man who makes his living from carving and selling wooden spoons – and he said, “making stuff out of wood with axes and knives is in our blood,” and I...
fiera :: issue 02 party

fiera :: issue 02 party

We’re having a party to launch Issue 02 of our sister publication, Fiera Magazine, and you’re invited! Fiera is the biannual print magazine discovering new talent at the world’s design fairs, and our launch party is the first opportunity to get your hands on a copy – plus for one night only, we’ll be offering...
interview :: feist forest

interview :: feist forest

Feist Forest is based in an “old tin tabernacle” in Devon and launched just six weeks ago. They make wooden work tables for “the vagabonds, dreamers and makers who courageously make great ideas happen.” With a pitch like that, how could I not feature them on the blog? I spoke to founder Vicki Turner to...
out and about :: fiera edit at may design series

out and about :: fiera edit at may design series

I was recently asked by UBM to curate a small exhibition at May Design Series focussed on the new design talent I had been spotting in my role as editor of Fiera, an independent biannual magazine discovering new talent at the world’s design fairs. I scoured design shows in Copenhagen, Stockholm and Frankfurt to unearth...
fiera :: issue 02 has gone to print

fiera :: issue 02 has gone to print

We did it! Issue 02 of our sister publication Fiera Magazine has gone to print! The flat plan above has been our guiding light for months, and now every last page has finally been crossed off! In many ways, the “difficult second album,” I’m even more proud of this issue than I was of the...
interview :: emma thomas

interview :: emma thomas

This is my fourth interview with young designers identified by the Design Council as Ones to Watch. Emma Thomas’ housing designs for 24-hour-care and supported-living put a focus on circulation spaces, giving their autistic residents the opportunity to observe social situations without having to engage, and include threshold spaces and places for chance encounters and...
out and about :: platform & additions 2015

out and about :: platform & additions 2015

As promised, here is part two of my Clerkenwell Design Week post, following last week’s round-up of the Design Factory. Before I get into the gems I spotted at Platform and Additions, I must big-up the Invisible Store of Happiness (above) team. It was incredibly inspiring working alongside Sebastian Cox, Laura Ellen Bacon and AHEC...
pinterest :: grey

pinterest :: grey

Grey is my favourite colour. It is the colour of concrete, and brutalism, and nerdy things to love. It can be a safe colour, but it can also be rich, warm and exciting. My current top tip is combining it with wood or tiny touches of warm metallics like gold and copper – that really...
fiera :: issue 2

fiera :: issue 2

I am delighted to announce that Fiera Issue 02 is just weeks away. We go to print this week, but I wanted to give you a sneak preview of the front cover – featuring a number I spotted at Ambiente Frankfurt, and like the rest of the magazine, designed by magCulture. Issue 01 has now completely sold...
feature :: informing with the invisible store of happiness

feature :: informing with the invisible store of happiness

This is the final essay in a series of four about the behind the scenes process leading up to the installation of The Invisible Store of Happiness in Saint John’s Arch during Clerkenwell Design Week. This one is entitled Informing and was published just before the grand unveiling. On 19 May 2015, the Invisible Store...