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 the Guardian, Elle Decoration and Dezeen.
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Clerkenwell Design Week adopts new 'spine' layout

Clerkenwell Design Week adopts new ‘spine’ layout

Having written an article for the Clerkenwell Post about the ‘masterplan’ for 2016’s Clerkenwell Design Week, confessions of a design geek editor Katie Treggiden was better placed than most to navigate the new ‘spine’ layout of this year’s festival, so forewarned and forearmed, she set out to explore the show, and here she reports back...
Pick Me Up showcases new graphic artists

Pick Me Up showcases new graphic artists

Pick Me Up, the annual festival for the graphic arts, is back at Somerset House for its seventh year. Showcasing illustration, animation, 3-D installations, stationery, and for the first time this year – ceramics, the show is in town until 02 May 2016. confessions of a design geek founding editor, Katie Treggiden, popped in to check...
Iceland's unique landscape inspires at Design March 2016

Iceland’s unique landscape inspires at Design March 2016

Borne out of the 2009 financial crisis, and populated with design inspired by Iceland’s volcanic landscape, Design March has been celebrating both local and global design since 2009. Gero Grundmanne’s Driftwood Cantilevered Box was part of an exhibition of products made from driftwood – an alternative source of timber for the active volcanic and geological island, which...
The best of the London Design Festival 2015

The best of the London Design Festival 2015

The London Design Festival has been and gone for another year. If you want all the gory details, you’ll have to subscribe to our sister publication Fiera Magazine, but you’re in the right place for the edited highlights. Here are just a few of the fantastic projects I saw across the capital this year… From...
The alternative guide to London Design Festival 2015

The alternative guide to London Design Festival 2015

It’s that time of year again, and the London Design Festival is looming. All the action starts on Saturday 20 September, so I have scoured the guide, trawled through my inbox and asked my friends in the know, sorted through invites, read all the press releases, and put my ear to the ground – and pulled...
out and about :: 2015 graduate shows

out and about :: 2015 graduate shows

Graduate show season has drawn to a close, so I thought I’d share some of the most inspiring projects I’ve seen this year. I visited Plymouth College of Art (where I spotted, among other things, Melanie Wood’s neon carpet concept above), the Royal College of Art, Central Saint Martin’s, New Designers and New Designers One...
out and about :: venice

out and about :: venice

I was very lucky to be invited to Venice recently for Foscarini‘s Milan preview. While you could be forgiven for confusing parts of many European cities, Venice is uniquely Venice, so it was a real delight to spend some time there. Even our transport to meetings was by boat! I had a spare hour or...
out and about :: may design series

out and about :: may design series

Following recent news of the demise of May Design Series, I thought I would share my highlights from this year’s show. Organiser UBM has decided to concentrate its efforts on more niche shows such as kbb, Sleep, Decorex and Ecobuild. “Our exhibitors and visitors have informed us they want a more curated experience,” said UBM’s...
out and about :: chelsea flower show

out and about :: chelsea flower show

At the end of May, I went to my very first Chelsea Flower Show. The New Craftsmen had been invited to curate the Artisan Sheds and surrounding area and invited me to come along and take a look. I dragged along dear friend and interior designer Daisy Riordan and we had an absolute ball. The...
out and about :: fiera edit at may design series

out and about :: fiera edit at may design series

I was recently asked by UBM to curate a small exhibition at May Design Series focussed on the new design talent I had been spotting in my role as editor of Fiera, an independent biannual magazine discovering new talent at the world’s design fairs. I scoured design shows in Copenhagen, Stockholm and Frankfurt to unearth...
out and about :: platform & additions 2015

out and about :: platform & additions 2015

As promised, here is part two of my Clerkenwell Design Week post, following last week’s round-up of the Design Factory. Before I get into the gems I spotted at Platform and Additions, I must big-up the Invisible Store of Happiness (above) team. It was incredibly inspiring working alongside Sebastian Cox, Laura Ellen Bacon and AHEC...
out and about :: design factory 2015

out and about :: design factory 2015

There was so much good stuff at Clerkenwell Design Week this year, that I’ve decided to split it into two posts. First up, the Design factory at the Farmiloe Building, and some of the installations that the festival is becoming known for. Above is Glaze by Cousins & Cousins in collaboration with Gx Glass. And...