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.
interview :: dan hoolahan

interview :: dan hoolahan

This is the second in my series of interviews with young designers identified by the Design Council as “Ones to Watch.” Dan Hoolahan‘s Freeform furniture range was listed in the Everyday Living category alongside 2014 Design Museum Designer in Residence Torsten Sherwood and silversmith Juliette Bigley whose work first I...
interview :: dome studio

interview :: dome studio

Clerkenwell Design Week starts today! I’m super excited and will be there all week. If you’re planning on heading over, make sure you register here first. In the meantime, here’s an interview with Dome Studio, founded in 2014 by friends Tom Whiteway & Jonathan Blayney, they are one of the up-and-coming design brands...
pinterest :: black

pinterest :: black

So, we’re out of proper colours and onto “the absence of light.” This is actually a board that Pinterest asked me to create for Halloween last year, and one of the triggers for the idea of arranging boards by colour. I have a couple of rooms in my house painted...
here's one I made earlier :: marble ways

here’s one I made earlier :: marble ways

While I was in Milan recently for the Salone, I met Eleonora Dal Farra and Andrea Forti at Spazio Rossana Orlandi. Their Marble Ways table is made from discarded cutting tables used in marble quarries and processing labs. I was intrigued to find out more, so they have kindly allowed...
interview :: baines&fricker

interview :: baines&fricker

I have been a fan of husband and wife team Baines&Fricker since they launched their design company at 100% Design in 2011, but I am especially excited about their new collection, which launches at Clerkenwell Design Week a week today. I caught up with Eliza Fricker for a sneak preview…...
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feature :: the thinking behind the invisible store of happiness

feature :: the thinking behind the invisible store of happiness

I am really excited to be working with Sebastian Cox, Laura Ellen Bacon and the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) on a series of four essays for the Invisible Store of Happiness project, which will culminate in an installation at Clerkenwell Design Week in May. This is the first of my essays, entitled Thinking: Furniture...
pinterest :: red

pinterest :: red

I’ve made some changes to the confessions of a design geek Pinterest page and thought it was about time I shared them with you. Inspired by the Kaleidoscope section of Fiera Magazine, the boards are now arranged by colour and feature the same sort of product and furniture design I cover on the blog, combined...
fiera :: issue 2

fiera :: issue 2

I am delighted to announce that Issue 1 of Fiera Magazine has very nearly sold out, so if you haven’t managed to get your hands on a copy, hop over to the magCulture shop quick! As you will have seen, we are hard at work on Issue 2, which will cover Northmodern in Copenhagen, Ambiente...
out and about :: paris

out and about :: paris

Bonjour mes amies! We hopped over the channel (well, technically under the channel) for a little jaunt to Paris for my birthday recently. I love going back to a city you’ve been to a couple of times, so there’s no pressure to see the sights – you can just live like a local for a...
creative spaces :: eley kishimoto

creative spaces :: eley kishimoto

I was recently invited for a behind the scenes tour of Eley Kishimoto‘s London studio – what a treat! The label, which initially made its name in fashion but is increasingly making waves in product and furniture design, was founded in the early 1990s by Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto. I was amazed to discover...
out and about :: stockholm

out and about :: stockholm

As you know, I jetted off to snowy Sweden for the Stockholm Furniture Fair in February. I am incredibly lucky in that I get to travel all over the world visiting design fairs, but I’m often so focused on my work that I forget to be grateful for that: to look around me and really...
out and about :: twelve at stockholm furniture fair, 2015

out and about :: twelve at stockholm furniture fair, 2015

Disegno founder and editor-in-chief Johanna Agerman Ross curated Twelve for the Stockholm Furniture Fair, an edit of established independent, Nordic designers. The theme for this year was Methods. “In recent years, the documentation of research and the practical method of making has become just as prominent a part of the project as the finished design...
out and about :: ambiente frankfurt

out and about :: ambiente frankfurt

Despite being one of the biggest consumer goods fairs in the world, Ambiente Frankfurt has so far eluded me, so I was over the moon to make my first trip there last weekend. Between Ambiente Talent, Next, Design Plus and the German Design Award, the investment in new talent is significant, so I had my...
out and about :: greenhouse, stockholm furniture fair 2015

out and about :: greenhouse, stockholm furniture fair 2015

Greenhouse is the reason I brave the snow in Stockholm every February. The Stockholm Furniture Fair‘s showcase of design graduates and new designers, it’s always an amazing place to spot new talent and meet passionate designers. The space was designed by Note Design Studio, for the third year running, with slightly unsettling mirrored centrepiece – more...
out and about :: northmodern

out and about :: northmodern

My first overseas trade show of the year was a new one – Northmodern in Copenhagen. I was really excited to be back in a city I visited for the first time only last August and keen to check out the new design talent at the show. One of the first stands I spotted was Copenhagen-based...
out and about :: home london, january 2015

out and about :: home london, january 2015

Last week I wrote about the fabulous 2015 confessions of a design geek bursary designers, and alumni from previous years, and their stands at Home London. There were also lots of other really talented designers showing their wares at the first trade show of the year, so this week I wanted to share some of...
coadg bursary :: home london, january 2015

coadg bursary :: home london, january 2015

So, the big day finally came and after months of preparation the confessions of a design geek bursary shortlisted designers made their way to Home London to set up their stands, ready to take part in their first trade show. 2015 bursary winner Alicja Patanowska went for a minimalist aesthetic that put her products at...