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.
out and about :: london design festival previews, LDF14

out and about :: london design festival previews, LDF14

The 2014 London Design Festival is upon us! I thought I’d ease you in gently with a few things I spotted at Friday’s previews. First up, Lars Beller Fjetland‘s Cloche lamp for Wrong for Hay. Its heavy sand-cast iron base counterbalances the light spun aluminium shade, with a copper finish,...
interview :: matej chabera

interview :: matej chabera

I met Matej Chabera at his graduate show at the Royal College of Art (RCA), and I was blown away by his hard work and dedication – he was presenting not one, but four final projects! When I asked him why, he looked at me a little blankly and said,...
out and about :: guide to london design festival 2014

out and about :: guide to london design festival 2014

The countdown to the 2014 London Design Festival has begun – the fun starts on Saturday! This year’s theme is “Lose Yourself in Design.” There are over 300 events, so to help make sure you do that metaphorically, but not literally, I have trawled through all 208 pages of the...
creative spaces :: sagmeister and walsh

creative spaces :: sagmeister and walsh

If you’re going to install a video camera in the ceiling of your studio and use the live feed as the homepage of your website, your studio better be pretty damn nice. And Sagmeister & Walsh’s studio is certainly that. I have been cooing over their space ever since I...
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photos of numbers :: 4,3, 1,2,3,4 & 1

photos of numbers :: 4,3, 1,2,3,4 & 1

Hello all and happy Friday! It’s the second week of photos of numbers via Instagram – thank you so much to everyone who got involved! My favourites this week were: the very subtly numbered brass bulldog clips from @roddyandginger who said, “Everyone needs a bit of desk bling – numbered clips;” @lornasyson‘s 1,2,3,4 in honeycomb...
photos of numbers :: 8, 5 & 2015

photos of numbers :: 8, 5 & 2015

This is the first photos of numbers post featuring my favourite photos shared during the new #photosofnumbers Instagram challenge happening every Friday. Thank you so much to everyone who took part – it was super exciting watching all the pictures appear throughout the day. There were lots that I loved, but these were my three...
interview :: lars beller fjetland

interview :: lars beller fjetland

I have been a huge fan of Lars Beller Fjetland’s work ever since I saw his little Re-turned Birds at 100% Norway 2012. I almost met him at 100% Norway 2013, but was too star-struck to speak to him. So when I finally got to meet him at the 100% Norway 2014 preview in Bergen...
out and about :: a stroll along london's southbank

out and about :: a stroll along london’s southbank

It’s September, and for the design geeks amongst us, that can mean only one thing – the London Design Festival! Before the madness descends, I thought I’d take a few moments to appreciate the creative diversity that makes London such an appropriate place for one of the biggest design fairs in the world – and...
photos of numbers :: 2, 2378 & 7654321

photos of numbers :: 2, 2378 & 7654321

I’ve been writing this column for quite some time now, a celebration both of typography in all its guises and of the fact that inspiration can sneak up on you absolutely anywhere if you stay open to it. I can remember being super-nervous to launch something quite so geeky, but the response has been overwhelming,...
feature :: out of the woods

feature :: out of the woods

Young designer Sebastian Cox creates modern furniture from timber sourced in the UK using a 5,000-year-old technique. ‘I am in love with coppiced hazel,’ says up-and-coming designer Sebastian Cox, winner of a 2011 Wood Award. ‘I sit up at night thinking about it, reading about it and watching TED talks about it. Planing English timber...
interview :: florrie + bill

interview :: florrie + bill

Amy Cawson came across a tatty vintage sofa at her local YMCA. When she replaced the worn-out leather seats with fabric ones, gave the whole thing a little TLC and found someone to buy it, she says she also found her calling. Realising there was a market for her take on restored vintage and retro...
out and about :: radical geometry

out and about :: radical geometry

Intrigued to find out more about the origins of the ubiquitous geometric trend we’re seeing in interior design at the moment, I went to see the Radical Geometry: Modern Art of South America exhibition at London’s Royal Academy of Arts (RA). As part of a special Latin Takeover night, we were treated to a really...
fiera :: in the press

fiera :: in the press

Sorry I’ve been a little quiet on the Fiera front – a well earned break followed by lots of behind the scenes work starting to get the magazine off the ground! I’ll be able to share lots of news of what we’ve been up to soon, but in the meantime I wanted to say some...
design for good :: kangaroo cups

design for good :: kangaroo cups

I am always inspired by young designers, but they’re not often quite as young as Lily Born. Lily’s grandfather has Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative condition that, among other symptoms, affects control over muscle movement. Aged just 11, Lily noticed her granddad spilling his drinks and, being the daughter of an inventor, she decided to design...
interview :: kate shaw, cordello home

interview :: kate shaw, cordello home

Kate Shaw says she founded Cordello Home out of love: her love for property, mid-century furniture, eclectic interiors, vibrant household objects, and all things Italian – the name Cordello comes from two Italian words, ‘cuore’ which means heart and ‘modello’ which means pattern. I’m a sucker for a anyone that passionate about what they do...
out and about :: usf bergen

out and about :: usf bergen

While I was in Norway recently for the preview of 100% Norway, I visited USF Bergen, a multi-disciplinary arts venue that houses performance spaces, dance studios, designers’ workshops and incubator spaces for graduates from the Bergen Academy of Art and Design. I was there to visit Norwegian designers Vera & Kyte, Hanna Kari Ravndal, Mikael...