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.
interview :: dome studio

interview :: dome studio

Clerkenwell Design Week starts today! I’m super excited and will be there all week. If you’re planning on heading over, make sure you register here first. In the meantime, here’s an interview with Dome Studio, founded in 2014 by friends Tom Whiteway & Jonathan Blayney, they are one of the up-and-coming design brands...
pinterest :: black

pinterest :: black

So, we’re out of proper colours and onto “the absence of light.” This is actually a board that Pinterest asked me to create for Halloween last year, and one of the triggers for the idea of arranging boards by colour. I have a couple of rooms in my house painted...
here's one I made earlier :: marble ways

here’s one I made earlier :: marble ways

While I was in Milan recently for the Salone, I met Eleonora Dal Farra and Andrea Forti at Spazio Rossana Orlandi. Their Marble Ways table is made from discarded cutting tables used in marble quarries and processing labs. I was intrigued to find out more, so they have kindly allowed...
interview :: baines&fricker

interview :: baines&fricker

I have been a fan of husband and wife team Baines&Fricker since they launched their design company at 100% Design in 2011, but I am especially excited about their new collection, which launches at Clerkenwell Design Week a week today. I caught up with Eliza Fricker for a sneak preview…...
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pinterest :: pink

pinterest :: pink

I’m not sure how I feel about pink. I have a (perhaps slightly annoying!) habit of asking the designers I interview what their favourite colour is. When I asked Ilse Crawford, she replied, “When I grew up there were girls who liked pink and I wasn’t one of them,” which pretty much sums up how...
feature :: making the invisible store of happiness

feature :: making the invisible store of happiness

This is the third 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 Making… They say it takes a village, and despite Sebastian Cox and Laura Ellen Bacon being...
interview :: ambrose vevers

interview :: ambrose vevers

Clerkenwell Design Week is just around the corner and confessions of a design geek is the official blog partner again this year. I thought I’d have a sneaky peak at who was exhibiting at Platform, the space for new designers, and I found Ambrose Vevers – a “wood wizard” based not far from my home...
pinterest :: blue

pinterest :: blue

Blue is one of my favourite colours and this Pinterest board has been going much longer than I’ve been organising my boards by colour. I love the sea, I love the sky, I love deep blue ink – I think blue just conjures up so many lovely memories and emotions. My guest bedroom is decorated...
feature :: the new scandi

feature :: the new scandi

I was recently commissioned to write an article for the Guardian Weekend Magazine about Scandinavian design, so I thought I would share it with you here too. With an appetite for innovation and a new generation of talent, the Scandinavians are coming – again. Katie Treggiden explores the rebirth of Nordic design. Scandinavia is creeping...
interview :: chris moss

interview :: chris moss

I am really excited to announce that confessions of a design geek is the official media partner for the Design Council’s Ones To Watch initiative. That means that over the coming months, I’ll be interviewing bright young designers that the Design Council has identified as the stars of the future. Chris Moss’ Soapbox – public...
pinterest :: green

pinterest :: green

Green is a big trend in interiors at the moment, and it’s not just about the colour and it’s not just about “bringing the outside in” – it’s about reconnecting with nature from our increasingly urban and digital lives in a much more meaningful way. The image above is Maggie’s, a centre for people with...
feature :: designing the invisible store of happiness

feature :: designing the invisible store of happiness

This is the second of a series of four essays 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 Designing…  Laura Ellen Bacon is a sculptor. Sebastian Cox is a furniture designer. Laura sketches in...
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 tomorrow, which I did. It’s...
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 27.04.15 so watch this space.)...
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 up with him to find...
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? I’m told that arranging board...