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. Katie also writes for Design Milk, We Heart, London Design Guide, LivingEtc and Ideal Home.
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out and about :: spazio rossana orlandi

out and about :: spazio rossana orlandi

Located in a former tie factory on Via Matteo Bandello in the Magenta Neighbourhood of Milan, Spazio Rossana Orlandi is part design-shop, part gallery, part sun-dappled courtyard cafe – and it’s always a highlight of Milan Design Week. Luca Nichetto collaborated with Russian-born, New York-based designer Lera Moiseeva to create Cheburashka for Dymov. The table...
out and about :: EDIT by designjunction

out and about :: EDIT by designjunction

EDIT by designjunction, a smaller version of the London Design Festival’s designjunction, was back in Milan for a second year, this time in the 18th century Palazzo Morando, in the heart of Milan’s fashion district. Design duo Laetitia de Allegri and Eva Feldkamp were showing their debut exhibition, Issue No.1, a tribute to feminine sensibility....
out and about :: designersblock, milan 2014

out and about :: designersblock, milan 2014

designersblock is known for popping up in interesting empty buildings, and this year occupied La Galleria della Moda, a shopping arcade in Milan’s San Gregorio district that has been closed for 20 years. The seat of the Flock Chair by Melle Koot is made of small leftover pieces of sheepskin patched together. The appearance of...
photos of numbers :: 37, 345 & 1/2

photos of numbers :: 37, 345 & 1/2

To round up this week’s Milan Design Week coverage, here’s a little selection of numbers spotted in Milan… Stay tuned for lots more from Milan next week. In the meantime have a lovely weekend and happy Easter to those who are celebrating.
out and about :: salonesatellite, milan 2014

out and about :: salonesatellite, milan 2014

SaloneSatellite is my favourite part of the fair, and always a great place to spot rising stars. It was launched in 1998 to bring together the most promising new designers from all over the world and immediately became an incubator of young creative talent. Many of the pieces presented as prototypes in previous years have gone into...
out and about :: zona tortona, milan 2014

out and about :: zona tortona, milan 2014

Via Tortona was just a sleepy, warehouse-filled street southwest of Milan’s centre, when Italian Vogue art director Flavio Lucchini and photographer Fabrizio Ferri opened photography studios there in 1983. People thought they were crazy, but the design and fashion worlds followed and Zona Tortona is now a mainstay of Milan Design Week. I got up bright...
out and about :: ventura lambrate, milan 2014

out and about :: ventura lambrate, milan 2014

Ventura Lambrate is without doubt my favourite part of Milan Design Week. It is always bursting at the seams with young enthusiastic designers, new ideas and cutting edge design, with a real festival vibe – and this year was no exception. I spent a beautiful sunny day exploring every last corner. Previously inspired by folded...
out and about :: wallpaper*handmade, milan 2014

out and about :: wallpaper*handmade, milan 2014

Milan Design Week was amazing again this year! I met inspiring designers, I saw incredible design and the sun shone all week. I’ve got so much to tell you about it’s going to be a bit of a Milan take-over on the blog this week! First up, Wallpaper* Handmade. A “freshly minted celebration of craft,...
design for good :: sowhow

design for good :: sowhow

I believe that design has the power to make people’s lives better. Sometimes that’s something profound, like Maggie’s, sometimes, it’s something quite simple. Bristol-based Paul Matson launched SowHow last weekend to help people grow their own vegetables for the first time. He says, “A few years ago I got an allotment plot in Bristol having...
interview :: vera & kyte

interview :: vera & kyte

Vera & Kyte is a Bergen-based design studio made up of Vera Kleppe and Åshild Kyte. Together they design furniture, products and interior spaces. They describe themselves as “always seeking new impressions, eager to discover the trigger for our next idea.” It was that endless curiosity that interested me and drove me to find out...
out and about :: milan14 preview

out and about :: milan14 preview

I am off to Milan tomorrow for Design Week and I couldn’t be more excited. I absolutely love design festivals – for designers, they are when all the hard work behind the scenes pays off, the curtain lifts and they show their wares to the world, often for the first time. The sense of anticipation...
photos of numbers :: 100, WG04 & 8

photos of numbers :: 100, WG04 & 8

Hello and happy Friday! Here’s a little collection of numbers for all you type geeks. I love the 100. It took me a few goes to get it right, but I think it shows that you can get interesting photos of even the most mundane things if you try a little harder to find an...