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.
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...
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...
interview :: vera & kyte

interview :: vera & kyte

Vera & Kyte is a Bergen-based design studio made up of Vera Kleppe and Åshild Kyte. Together they design furniture, products and interior spaces. They describe themselves as “always seeking new impressions, eager to discover the trigger for our next idea.” It was that endless curiosity that interested me and...
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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...
photos of numbers :: 5, 1,2,3 & 55

photos of numbers :: 5, 1,2,3 & 55

The Photographers’ Gallery is a stuffed full of awesome, oversized numbers – very exciting for a type nerd like me! The big number 5 was almost as tall as me and, funnily enough, on the 5th floor. The 1,2,3 was on a sign next to the lift explaining what was on each floor (exhibitions currently...
feature :: independent scottish design

feature :: independent scottish design

On the 18th September 2014, the people of Scotland will vote on whether to become an independent nation or to remain part of the United Kingdom. I spoke to a number of independent designer-makers, and Made From Scotland – an online marketplace for contemporary Scottish design, about what independence means for them. Scottish born and...
interview :: elizabeth corkery

interview :: elizabeth corkery

Elizabeth Corkery has just moved to Boston and launched Print Club Boston, an online resource for affordable limited edition silkscreen prints, all of which are made in her studio. We talked London, Sydney and New York, co-working spaces and favourite colours… What’s the most important thing to know about you? I’m fiercely determined to forge...
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...
photos of numbers :: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9

photos of numbers :: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9

When my sister-in-law spotted these gorgeous numbered gift tags in IKEA she knew she’d have to get them for me. And when she gave them to me, I knew I’d have to turn them into a photos of numbers post! I’ve styled them using my slightly geeky stationery collection, much of which came from Present...
design for good :: bouncing rabbit

design for good :: bouncing rabbit

I am so excited that Ham‘s limited edition copper foil blocked Bouncing Rabbit print for Maggie’s is here! I’ve followed the development of little this print closely, as Jo Ham is a good friend of mine, and I’m so pleased to see it all ready to start raising money for Maggie’s – a charity very...
interview :: stack magazine

interview :: stack magazine

Stack is such a refreshing concept in these days of online algorithms constantly narrowing what we’re exposed to in line with what we’ve expressed an interest in before. The premise is that you pay £5.50 a month and every month you’ll receive a different independent magazine in the post. Founder Steve Watson doesn’t promise that...
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....
here's one I made earlier :: woven oak

here’s one I made earlier :: woven oak

I met the lovely Lizzie Hillier, co-founder with husband Leo of Woven Oak, at Home London at the beginning of this year. I love a bit of print, so when she told me all their designs are hand drawn in Sussex and then hand carved into wood or lino, I had to find out more....
interview :: malin bobeck

interview :: malin bobeck

I met Malin Bobeck at the Stockholm Furniture Fair‘s student and graduate showcase, Greenhouse. I was immediately captivated by her experimental projects using light technology in textiles, Droplet and Liquid. I had to find out more… What’s the most important thing to know about you as a designer? That I’m curious, I create my textiles...
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...