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.
fiera :: kortrijk

fiera :: kortrijk

I have just got back from our fourth and final design show – the Biennial Interieur in Kortrijk. I had a blast and it’s a really good feeling to have the last few bits of content under out belts. Jeremy and Jese have been hard at work at magCulture putting...
interview :: kate farley

interview :: kate farley

I met Kate Farley at Tent London during the London Design Festival and was immediately captivated by her quiet passion. Her surface pattern designs are inspired by Britain’s gardens. I was keen to find out more… What’s the most important thing to know about you? That I care. How did...
out and about :: openstudio, designblok

out and about :: openstudio, designblok

I visited Designblok, Prague for the first time this year and one of the highlights was Openstudio. As part of Designblok’s ethos of hosting the festival within buildings normally closed to the public, it was held within Dum U Minuty (The house “at the minute”) on Prague Old Town Square,...
explore :: prague

explore :: prague

I have just got back from Designblok in Prague, which I was covering for Fiera Magazine, and will also be writing about in up-coming “out and about” posts here. In amongst the whirlwind of new design I did manage to squeeze in a little bit of time to explore the city…...
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photos of numbers :: 4, 35 & 4, 14, 7, 12, 11, 13, 24

photos of numbers :: 4, 35 & 4, 14, 7, 12, 11, 13, 24

Hello and happy Friday! Thanks so much to everyone who took part in last Friday’s #photosofnumbers Instagram challenge – here are my favourites… First up, fresh fish from first time player @lornasyson, then a fabulous 35 from @bishboodle and finally it’s a third time win from @bookeralex, with his seaside sails, snapped in Falmouth. Don’t...
fiera :: designblok and lodz design festival

fiera :: designblok and lodz design festival

It’s been a whirlwind of a month – I flew to Prague for Designblok and then straight on to Poland for the Lodz Design Festival. (Coming soon to an “out and about” post near you!) I saw some really exciting work from up-and-coming designers and met lots of fascinating people – some of whom have...
interview :: aud julie befring

interview :: aud julie befring

I spotted Aud Julie Befring‘s work at 100% Norway during the London Design Festival and immediately loved her combinations of wood and oversized wool. We talked about listening to other people’s advice, getting over creative block and, of course, favourite colours…! What’s the most important thing to know about you? I’m a product designer from...
out and about :: 100% design and west

out and about :: 100% design and west

I think this is my last out and about post from 2014’s London Design Festival, but don’t worry there’s lots from Designblok, Prague, Lodz Design Festival and the Biennale Interieur in Kortrijk to come. My last day of the LDF14 took me West to 100% Design, the Brompton Design District and new for 2014, the...
photos of numbers :: 13, 57 & 4 (and some others!)

photos of numbers :: 13, 57 & 4 (and some others!)

Hello and happy Friday! I’m in sunny (honestly – it’s 20 degrees!) Poland for Lodz Design Week, so look out for any numbers I spot while I’m there. In the meantime, here are my favourites from last Friday’s Instagram challenge… First up, I love the the number 13 from @prettydandybex – I assume the bearded,...
creative spaces :: foldability

creative spaces :: foldability

I’ve been wanting to visit the East London studio of folding fanatic Kyla McCallum for absolutely ages, so I was delighted when I finally managed to squeeze a trip into my schedule last week. Kyla’s design studio Foldability is based in the Limehouse Art Foundation, a warehouse style building that was once home to Poplar...
interview :: oscar francis

interview :: oscar francis

I discovered new surface pattern design brand Oscar Francis at Home London during the London Design Festival and was immediately captivated by both her colour palette and her architectural inspirations – her products even come in a cardboard tube just like architectural drawings do. I chatted with founder Sarah to find out more… When you were five years...
out and about :: mini moderns take-over, LDF14

out and about :: mini moderns take-over, LDF14

Following the success of Mini Moderns Remix at the East London Design Store during London Design Festival 2013, the design duo have shunned the traditional trade show route again this year, and taken over the Southbank Centre Shop for the whole of September with Remix 2. “I was extremely jealous last year when Keith and...
photos of numbers :: 10, 110 & 22

photos of numbers :: 10, 110 & 22

Thank you so much to everyone who took part in last week’s Instagram challenge – what a fabulous selection of photos of numbers! Here are my favourites… No Ten is by Annie Kruse aka @stylejuicer, the 110 is by the fabulous Tina Ramchandani aka @lifeinsketch and was snapped in New York’s Tribeca, and the two...
fiera :: one down, three to go

fiera :: one down, three to go

  So, the London Design Festival was pretty incredible – as I’m sure you will have gathered from the onslaught of “out and about” posts! (There are a few more to come, but we’ll go back to our usual schedule from now on!) LDF is the first of four design fairs I’m visiting for Issue...
here's one I made earlier :: modiron bench

here’s one I made earlier :: modiron bench

Bex Simon is incredible. She’s a bundle of energy who says she doesn’t feel human when she’s not ‘building’ – she was born to be a blacksmith. I was very privileged to spend a morning watching her make the modiron bench for Total Fabrication at Craft Central and even got to have to go myself,...
out and about :: designersblock, LDF14

out and about :: designersblock, LDF14

designersblock stands apart from other design shows, combining shiny new design with access to crumbly old buildings that are normally closed to the public. For this year’s London Design Festival, designersblock opened the doors to the incredible Old Sessions House on London’s Clerkenwell Green. The first thing I spotted was LEIZ – interior products which are...