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 :: home london, september, LDF14

out and about :: home london, september, LDF14

Home London has got a new September show, and a new venue in London Olympia. Here are a few of my favourite finds… Rhian McLaren‘s yellow and grey midcentury patterns on the Spotted stand curated by Charlotte Abrahams caught my eye. I loved the simple repeat pattern of the tableware collection by Mr & Mrs Clynk...
out and about :: london design festival previews, LDF14

out and about :: london design festival previews, LDF14

The 2014 London Design Festival is upon us! I thought I’d ease you in gently with a few things I spotted at Friday’s previews. First up, Lars Beller Fjetland‘s Cloche lamp for Wrong for Hay. Its heavy sand-cast iron base counterbalances the light spun aluminium shade, with a copper finish, to make it seem to...
out and about :: guide to london design festival 2014

out and about :: guide to london design festival 2014

The countdown to the 2014 London Design Festival has begun – the fun starts on Saturday! This year’s theme is “Lose Yourself in Design.” There are over 300 events, so to help make sure you do that metaphorically, but not literally, I have trawled through all 208 pages of the London Design Festival guide, scoured...
out and about :: a stroll along london's southbank

out and about :: a stroll along london’s southbank

It’s September, and for the design geeks amongst us, that can mean only one thing – the London Design Festival! Before the madness descends, I thought I’d take a few moments to appreciate the creative diversity that makes London such an appropriate place for one of the biggest design fairs in the world – and...
out and about :: radical geometry

out and about :: radical geometry

Intrigued to find out more about the origins of the ubiquitous geometric trend we’re seeing in interior design at the moment, I went to see the Radical Geometry: Modern Art of South America exhibition at London’s Royal Academy of Arts (RA). As part of a special Latin Takeover night, we were treated to a really...
out and about :: usf bergen

out and about :: usf bergen

While I was in Norway recently for the preview of 100% Norway, I visited USF Bergen, a multi-disciplinary arts venue that houses performance spaces, dance studios, designers’ workshops and incubator spaces for graduates from the Bergen Academy of Art and Design. I was there to visit Norwegian designers Vera & Kyte, Hanna Kari Ravndal, Mikael...
out and about :: temple of agape

out and about :: temple of agape

Martin Luther King said, “I have also decided to stick with love, for I know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind’s problems. And I’m going to talk about it everywhere I go. I know it isn’t popular to talk about it in some circles today. And I’m not talking about emotional bosh...
out and about :: cornish inspiration

out and about :: cornish inspiration

Carl Jung proposed that anything taken to extreme becomes its opposite. When you do what you love for a living, the temptation is to work really hard and to work all the time. The danger is, that taken to extreme, the thing you love can become a thing you hate. I don’t ever want this...
out and about :: new designers 2014 part 2

out and about :: new designers 2014 part 2

Last week I wrote about New Designers Part 1, and this week it’s time for Part 2. New Designers is an annual showcase of design graduates’ final projects and I was particularly keen to see the work that had come from the furniture, product, spatial and industrial Design courses. Here is what caught my eye…...
out and about :: new designers part 1 2014

out and about :: new designers part 1 2014

New Designers is the annual showcase of over 3,000 graduating design students’ final projects, split across two weeks. I went along to Part 1 specifically to see the textiles and ceramics. The first thing I spotted was Sophie Southgate‘s Landscape // Colour. Sophie starts a one-year graduate residency at Cardiff’s Fireworks Clay Studios in September....
out and about :: rca degree show

out and about :: rca degree show

I headed down to the Royal College of Art’s Kensignton Gore campus to see Show RCA 2014, the final degree show for students graduating from Architecture, Interior Design, Design Interactions, Design Products and Innovation Design among other courses. Here are a few of the projects that caught my eye… From top to bottom, left to...
out and about :: cass degree show

out and about :: cass degree show

The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art Architecture and Design, part of London Metropolitan University, or The Cass, as it is more affectionately known, opened its doors to showcase the final projects of its graduating students and I went along to take a look. From left to right, top to bottom, here’s what caught my...