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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christmas charity auction :: maggie's

christmas charity auction :: maggie’s

I am very excited to announce that I have (finally!) launched my first annual Christmas charity auction over on eBay, in aid of Maggie’s Dundee. One of the major perks of writing a blog and being a design journalist is all the fabulous freebies I get given. I am of course very grateful to everybody...
maggie's :: the best bits

maggie’s :: the best bits

I’ve been writing this column for almost a year, and in that time I have written about every one of Maggie’s 11 centres in the UK and beyond. Maggie’s is an incredible charity using design and architecture to offer people with cancer and their family and friends emotional, practical and social support. I have been...
maggie's :: newcastle

maggie’s :: newcastle

In this series, I feature a different Maggie’s centre every month, in order to promote the amazing work they do using design and architecture to make people’s lives better. They offer emotional, practical and social support to people with cancer and their families and friends from striking buildings in the grounds of major cancer hospitals....
maggie's :: highlands

maggie’s :: highlands

I started this series in 2012 as a way to spread the world about the awesome work that Maggie’s do, using design and architecture to make people’s lives better. Each month I feature a different centre and this month it’s the turn of Maggie’s Highlands, shown above looking (to me at least!) like a beacon...
maggie's :: edinburgh

maggie’s :: edinburgh

Sometimes it is a worthwhile and useful exercise to go back to the beginning, so I thought it was about time I shared with you the story of how Maggie’s came to be. In 1988, Maggie Keswick Jencks was diagnosed with breast cancer. In the words of her best friend Marcia Blakenham: “She had a...
maggie's :: hong kong

maggie’s :: hong kong

I’m very excited, because this is my first Maggie’s post bringing news of a new Maggie’s Centre, and even more excitingly, it is the first international centre; in Hong Kong. Maggie’s Hong Kong was opened on Thursday 7th March 2013 by  Secretary for Food & Health, Dr Ko Wing Man, who was joined by Charles Jencks,...
maggie's :: south west wales

maggie’s :: south west wales

This month’s Maggie’s post is about the first centre in Wales, which opened just over a year ago, in December 2011. It’s an unusual story because the original architect Kisho Kurokawa died before the centre was built, so architecture firm Garbers & James delivered the project according to his plans. Kisho Kurokawa was one of the greatest Japanese architects...
maggie's :: nottingham

maggie’s :: nottingham

Nicknamed the ‘Jolly Green Giant’ by the Guardian when it opened in November 2011, Maggie’s Nottingham has also been compared to a green lantern and a treehouse. It was designed by architect Piers Gough CBE (the G of CZWG Architects), and the interior was done by Sir Paul Smith. It’s the first time Maggie’s has...
maggie's :: fife

maggie’s :: fife

An imposing, black, spiky building is not what you expect when you think of a cancer caring centre – and so Maggie’s Fife has always fascinated me. It was Zaha Hadid’s first building in the UK and it is possibly the most striking of the Maggie’s centres. Dr John Wilson, Consultant Physician at Fife Acute...
maggie's :: dundee

maggie’s :: dundee

It’s very difficult to pick a favourite Maggie’s centre, because they are all such special places, but before I started working with Maggie’s, I spent an incredible week at Maggie’s Dundee as part of my induction, so if pushed, I think I would have to choose Dundee. Maggie’s Dundee is at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee,...
maggie's :: cheltenham

maggie’s :: cheltenham

I was recently invited to spend an afternoon at Maggie’s Cheltenham and so I was keen to include it as the third post in my series focusing on Maggie’s Centres. One of Maggie’s more conservative centres, it is a conversion and extension of a Victorian pool keeper’s lodge in the grounds of Cheltenham General Hospital. Working in...
maggie's :: london

maggie’s :: london

This is the second instalment in my new monthly column, featuring a different Maggie’s centre each month. This month it’s the turn of Maggie’s London and I want to take you there the way I got there on Friday 22nd September – that is on foot, through the rain, via 10 mile nocturnal hike. We started at Leadenhall...