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 :: 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...
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....
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...
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...
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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....
confessions of a design geek :: the best of 2014

confessions of a design geek :: the best of 2014

Hello and happy New Year! I’m really excited to be back at my desk after a wonderful break and I thought I’d kick things off by reflecting on the last year. I’m really bad at taking the time to be proud of what I’ve achieved, so I’ve got into the habit of making some time over...
explore :: copenhagen

explore :: copenhagen

One of my absolute highlights of 2014 was my visit to Copenhagen, so I thought it might be nice to start the first week ‘back at school’ with a little reminder of that… Enjoy and happy New Year! I have just got back from a fantastic weekend in Copenhagen and I can’t wait to tell...
out and about :: the new craftsmen

out and about :: the new craftsmen

I’m sharing some of my favourite posts from 2014 all throughout the holidays. This one is about gorgeous Mayfair shop, The New Craftsmen, which champions British craft… I fell in love with The New Craftsmen the moment I popped my head into their Mayfair pop-up on a cold, dark December day last year, by which...
feature :: out of the woods

feature :: out of the woods

I’m sharing some of my favourite posts from this year all throughout the holiday – Sebastian Cox is a really inspiring, passionate young designer… 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...
here's one I made earlier :: bright as a button

here’s one I made earlier :: bright as a button

I’m sharing some of my favourite posts all throughout December – I loved this simple idea from new designer Dave Hallett… I am delighted to announce that confessions of a design geek is the online media partner for Boost, an initiative from the Southbank Centre which provides six new designers with the mentoring and support they...