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 :: desso best in class exhibition

out and about :: desso best in class exhibition

Earlier this year, I was honoured to be asked by Desso to curate an exhibition of design graduates’ work entitled Best in Class. I scoured degree shows up and down the country and selected work by six incredible new designers. Inventor and founder of the Special Projects studio in London, Adrian Westaway who spoke at...
out and about :: hello, my name is paul smith

out and about :: hello, my name is paul smith

It’s a sort of greatest hits December, where I’m sharing some of my favourite posts from this year. This one still really inspires me… It must be tempting to show off. When the Design Museum calls to say they want to put on a retrospective of your work, a solo show dedicated just to you,...
out and about :: walead beshty

out and about :: walead beshty

Determined to lift my head from my desk in what has been an incredibly work-intensive month, I dived into the Barbican between meetings last week, and happened across an exhibition of London born Los Angeles based photographer Walead Beshty’s work in the Curve space. I immediately recognised the work as cyanotypes, having dabbled in the...
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...