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.
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interview :: nordvink

interview :: nordvink

I met Sanna and Anne of Danish design studio Nordvink at Northmodern in Copenhagen at the beginning of this year and was immediately captivated by their simple yet functional approach to design. Six months later, I finally pinned them down to find out more about how they work… What’s the most important thing to know about...
out and about :: venice

out and about :: venice

I was very lucky to be invited to Venice recently for Foscarini‘s Milan preview. While you could be forgiven for confusing parts of many European cities, Venice is uniquely Venice, so it was a real delight to spend some time there. Even our transport to meetings was by boat! I had a spare hour or...
photos of numbers :: 7, 60 & 123

photos of numbers :: 7, 60 & 123

Photos of numbers is back! Thank you so much to everyone who took part in yesterday’s Instagram challenge – these are my favourite snaps… The fantastically retro “Alabama 7″ was snapped by @designfizz and was spotted near Elizabeth Bay in Sydney. Bringing a bit of sunshine to a rainy day, @octobercomms, shared number 60 on...
interview :: james molkenthin

interview :: james molkenthin

This is the seventh in a series of interviews with young designers identified by the Design Council as “Ones to Watch“. James Molkenthin’s redesign of the household kettle gives blind and partially sighted people a sense of assurance, control and normality in their own homes. Its stylish look also helps to remove the stigma around specially manufactured ‘blind...
photos of numbers :: it's back!

photos of numbers :: it’s back!

I am very excited to announce that the photos of numbers Instagram challenge is back! Simply share your pics on Instagram next Thursday, include #photosofnumbers and @coadg in the caption or comments, and I’ll pick my favourites to share on the blog the following day! Easy. The numbers above are from our last challenge –...
here's one I made earlier :: dye lines

here’s one I made earlier :: dye lines

I have known Emma Buckley ever since she interviewed me for a university project about design blogs, and she has been working with me on a part-time basis alongside her studies ever since, so it is with great pride that I am now able to present her graduate project. Both she and I had agreed that I would...
interview :: richard hardy

interview :: richard hardy

I met Richard Hardy at Clerkenwell Design Week and was immediately impressed with his playful approach to sustainable design, pairing ‘waney-edges’ with bright primary colours to create responsible furniture with mass appeal. I couldn’t wait to find out more about what makes him tick… What’s the most important thing to know about you? I’ve done a...
interview :: felix faire

interview :: felix faire

Last week, I chaired a panel event at New Designers with three of the 70 young designers the Design Council has identified as Ones to Watch, and was lucky enough to meet Felix Faire – a passionate and fascinating young man obsessed with the intersection of music and design. Through his project, Contact, any physical interaction with...
out and about :: may design series

out and about :: may design series

Following recent news of the demise of May Design Series, I thought I would share my highlights from this year’s show. Organiser UBM has decided to concentrate its efforts on more niche shows such as kbb, Sleep, Decorex and Ecobuild. “Our exhibitors and visitors have informed us they want a more curated experience,” said UBM’s...
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 trend has caught on in...
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 an increasingly digital world, designers...
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 showcase their talent, named as...