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 :: biennale interieur expo

out and about :: biennale interieur expo

This year I went to Biennale Interieur for the first time. Run as a not-for-profit organisation, it is a biannual showcase of good design in the Belgian city of Kortrijk. The Expo provides the commercial side of the event and cultural events around the city support it. More on the latter next week, first, the...
out and about :: lodz design festival

out and about :: lodz design festival

One of the most exciting things about launching Fiera Magazine, is that it allows me to go to even more design festivals to meet even more new designers! As well as Designblok in Prague, I was lucky enough to go to the Lodz Design Festival in Poland. I loved their branded bags, which read “Design won’t...
out and about :: art house, designblok

out and about :: art house, designblok

The third exhibition at Prague’s Designblok was held within the baroque Colloredo Mansfeld Palace, as part of the festival’s remit of opening interesting buildings to the public – the image above is a close-up of the huge wooden doors that marks its boundary. The exhibition was called Art House, a reference to the work inside...
out and about :: superstudio, designblok

out and about :: superstudio, designblok

I started my explorations of Superstudio just outside the first venue by climbing to the top of the Designblok Cube by Czech architecture practice H3T – and what a view! “We were inspired by, among other things, the Rubik’s Cube, the structure made of cubes in a cube, where individual parts can change positions. Visitors...
out and about :: openstudio, designblok

out and about :: openstudio, designblok

I visited Designblok, Prague for the first time this year and one of the highlights was Openstudio. As part of Designblok’s ethos of hosting the festival within buildings normally closed to the public, it was held within Dum U Minuty (The house “at the minute”) on Prague Old Town Square, a beautiful example of high-Renaissance...
out and about :: 100% design and west

out and about :: 100% design and west

I think this is my last out and about post from 2014’s London Design Festival, but don’t worry there’s lots from Designblok, Prague, Lodz Design Festival and the Biennale Interieur in Kortrijk to come. My last day of the LDF14 took me West to 100% Design, the Brompton Design District and new for 2014, the...
out and about :: mini moderns take-over, LDF14

out and about :: mini moderns take-over, LDF14

Following the success of Mini Moderns Remix at the East London Design Store during London Design Festival 2013, the design duo have shunned the traditional trade show route again this year, and taken over the Southbank Centre Shop for the whole of September with Remix 2. “I was extremely jealous last year when Keith and...
out and about :: designersblock, LDF14

out and about :: designersblock, LDF14

designersblock stands apart from other design shows, combining shiny new design with access to crumbly old buildings that are normally closed to the public. For this year’s London Design Festival, designersblock opened the doors to the incredible Old Sessions House on London’s Clerkenwell Green. The first thing I spotted was LEIZ – interior products which are...
out and about :: weathering

out and about :: weathering

One of the highlights of Tent London at this year’s London Design Festival was Weathering, a curation by the Crafts Council of Ireland showcasing new work from contemporary Irish designers and craftspeople. It was a real treat to see Joe Hogan weaving baskets live at the show – he’s been making them this way at...
out about about :: upstairs at designjunction, LDF14

out about about :: upstairs at designjunction, LDF14

Ventura Lambrate is always my favourite show of Milan Design Week, so I was super excited to hear that Ventura Projects was coming to the London Design Festival – and I wasn’t disappointed. Above, Nottingham Trent graduate Aimee Bollu‘s collection the Hoard gives new life to discarded objects by combining them with ‘luxury’ materials such...
out and about :: total fabrication, LDF14

out and about :: total fabrication, LDF14

With a wide remit of “craft and design” and over 100 makers in the building, curating Craft Central‘s annual show for the London Design Festival must be a tough job, but every year they find a way to create a different perspective on craft. This year Total Fabrication is “an interactive exhibition of contemporary design...
out and about :: designjunction pop-up shops

out and about :: designjunction pop-up shops

The London Design Festival‘s newest show, designjunction, can be overwhelming – it’s spread across four vast floors of The Old Sorting Office on London’s New Oxford Street and features everything from independent designer makers to the big brands. This year, armed with a strategy to see it all, I absolutely loved it – without doubt...