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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pinterest :: green

pinterest :: green

Green is a big trend in interiors at the moment, and it’s not just about the colour and it’s not just about “bringing the outside in” – it’s about reconnecting with nature from our increasingly urban and digital lives in a much more meaningful way. The image above is Maggie’s, a centre for people with...
feature :: designing the invisible store of happiness

feature :: designing the invisible store of happiness

This is the second of a series of four essays about the behind the scenes process leading up to the installation of The Invisible Store of Happiness in Saint John’s Arch during Clerkenwell Design Week. This one is entitled Designing…  Laura Ellen Bacon is a sculptor. Sebastian Cox is a furniture designer. Laura sketches in...
pinterest :: yellow

pinterest :: yellow

I love this quote. I’ve seen it around, but it didn’t really resonate with me until recently when I fell into bed at the end of a long, unproductive day feeling like an absolute failure. I spotted it on Instagram and it gave me the quiet determination to try again tomorrow, which I did. It’s...
feature :: colour

feature :: colour

I was recently invited to join the judging panel for the 2015 Dulux Let’s Colour awards and to nominate two new rising stars I thought were worthy of recognition in the newly created “Young Designer” category. I nominated Zoe Tynan-Campbell’s Hasbeens, and Meggan Johnson’s Dots Project. (Winners are announced on 27.04.15 so watch this space.)...
interview :: primary grey

interview :: primary grey

Thomas Poole studied at Goldsmiths before working for some of the leading names in British art and design, and then setting up on his own, founding Primary Grey just last year, to produce his own furniture. He makes everything by hand at his combined studio and workshop in New Cross. I caught up with him to find...
pinterest :: orange

pinterest :: orange

You might have spotted from last week’s post on red, that I’ve changed the way I’m using Pinterest for confessions of a design geek. There’s a board for every colour of the rainbow and I think they look fab – especially the orange one! Orange is the new yellow, no? I’m told that arranging board...
feature :: the thinking behind the invisible store of happiness

feature :: the thinking behind the invisible store of happiness

I am really excited to be working with Sebastian Cox, Laura Ellen Bacon and the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) on a series of four essays for the Invisible Store of Happiness project, which will culminate in an installation at Clerkenwell Design Week in May. This is the first of my essays, entitled Thinking: Furniture...
pinterest :: red

pinterest :: red

I’ve made some changes to the confessions of a design geek Pinterest page and thought it was about time I shared them with you. Inspired by the Kaleidoscope section of Fiera Magazine, the boards are now arranged by colour and feature the same sort of product and furniture design I cover on the blog, combined...
fiera :: issue 2

fiera :: issue 2

I am delighted to announce that Issue 1 of Fiera Magazine has very nearly sold out, so if you haven’t managed to get your hands on a copy, hop over to the magCulture shop quick! As you will have seen, we are hard at work on Issue 2, which will cover Northmodern in Copenhagen, Ambiente...
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 like a local for a...
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. I was amazed to discover...
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 look around me and really...