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 :: 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,...
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...
out and about :: designs of the year

out and about :: designs of the year

The Designs of the Year exhibition at the Design Museum is one of the highlights of my year. Now in its seventh year, it showcases all the nominations for the Design of Year awards and includes architecture, digital, fashion, furniture, graphic, product and transport design from around the world. I love seeing things there that...
out and about :: jameel prize

out and about :: jameel prize

I popped into the V&A last week to see the Jameel Prize exhibition. Awarded every two years, the Jameel Prize is a £25,000 international art prize for contemporary artists and designers inspired by traditional Islamic art, craft and design. The film above is a short excerpt of an absolutely captivating video installation by Mounir Fatmi,...
out and about :: beautiful science

out and about :: beautiful science

Infographics are very popular in these digital days, springing up across the internet to demonstrate everything from what we eat to what we watch. Often they are little more than statistics illustrated with pictures. But diagrams, the subject of Beautiful Science an exhibition at the British Library until 26th May 2014, can change lives. In her seminal...
out and about :: morag myerscough

out and about :: morag myerscough

I went to an event at the RCA called Talking Interiors with Morag Myerscough last week. It was really inspiring. I love Morag’s bold use of colour and her hands on approach – she often hand paints entire interiors with just a small team. I love that she’s kept her studio small. I love her...
out and about :: hello, my name is paul smith

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

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, with your name above the door, the temptation to use that opportunity to say “Look at me! Look what I’ve done!” must be huge....
out and about :: in the making (pt 2)

out and about :: in the making (pt 2)

A few weeks ago, I left you half way around In The Making at the Design Museum, an exhibition curated by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, so I thought it was about time to pick up where we left off. We were just looking at a lightbulb, weren’t we? Next up is a B&B Italia...
out and about :: stockholm furniture and light fair, 2014

out and about :: stockholm furniture and light fair, 2014

I’ve told you all about Greenhouse, so now it’s time for the Stockholm Furniture Fair itself. It’s one of my favourite shows, always full of fresh new design that you just don’t see anywhere else. I loved the rich, yet typically restrained Scandinavian colour palette on Gubi’s stand. The Ronde Pendant is German designer Oliver Schick’s...