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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out and about :: home london, september, LDF14

out and about :: home london, september, LDF14

Home London has got a new September show, and a new venue in London Olympia. Here are a few of my favourite finds… Rhian McLaren‘s yellow and grey midcentury patterns on the Spotted stand curated by Charlotte Abrahams caught my eye. I loved the simple repeat pattern of the tableware collection by Mr & Mrs Clynk...
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, to make it seem to...
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...
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, “Because I’m at the RCA.”...
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 London Design Festival guide, scoured...
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...
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 interviewed Jessica Walsh, so I...
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...