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.
explore :: prague

explore :: prague

I have just got back from Designblok in Prague, which I was covering for Fiera Magazine, and will also be writing about in up-coming “out and about” posts here. In amongst the whirlwind of new design I did manage to squeeze in a little bit of time to explore the city…...
interview :: aud julie befring

interview :: aud julie befring

I spotted Aud Julie Befring‘s work at 100% Norway during the London Design Festival and immediately loved her combinations of wood and oversized wool. We talked about listening to other people’s advice, getting over creative block and, of course, favourite colours…! What’s the most important thing to know about you?...
out and about :: 100% design and west

out and about :: 100% design and west

I think this is my last out and about post from 2014’s London Design Festival, but don’t worry there’s lots from Designblok, Prague, Lodz Design Festival and the Biennale Interieur in Kortrijk to come. My last day of the LDF14 took me West to 100% Design, the Brompton Design District...
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out and about :: total fabrication, LDF14

out and about :: total fabrication, LDF14

With a wide remit of “craft and design” and over 100 makers in the building, curating Craft Central‘s annual show for the London Design Festival must be a tough job, but every year they find a way to create a different perspective on craft. This year Total Fabrication is “an interactive exhibition of contemporary design...
out and about :: designjunction pop-up shops

out and about :: designjunction pop-up shops

The London Design Festival‘s newest show, designjunction, can be overwhelming – it’s spread across four vast floors of The Old Sorting Office on London’s New Oxford Street and features everything from independent designer makers to the big brands. This year, armed with a strategy to see it all, I absolutely loved it – without doubt...
out and about :: 100% norway, LDF14

out and about :: 100% norway, LDF14

There’s been a change of government in Norway since last year’s London Design Festival, and so 100% Norway at Tent London, which was once a government sponsored affair, has now been taken over by Bergen Academy of Art and Design, and I’m so glad they stepped in – I really believe in the importance of...
out and about :: tent london, LDF14

out and about :: tent london, LDF14

Tent London is always a highlight of the London Design Festival, and this year was no exception, with a good mix of new talent and new work from old favourites. Sian Elin was there for a third year since launching at Tent in 2012 with a new collection. Admittedly no more than a combination of...
photos of numbers :: 12, 38 & 2

photos of numbers :: 12, 38 & 2

Thanks so much to everyone who took part in last Friday’s #photosofnumbers Instagram challenge – there were some absolute corkers! My favourites, not least because they are so colour co-ordinated, were these three… The first one is from @sortdesign, who said “A good looking number 12 today on my 1960s wall calendar.” The middle one...
out and about :: 19 greek street, LDF14

out and about :: 19 greek street, LDF14

I have never made it to 19 Greek Street during London Design Festival before, so I was determined to fit it in this year, and I’m so glad I did. With the strapline “advancement, integrity and good taste” the Soho townhouse is painted entirely white inside, providing the perfect gallery backdrop for the often sculptural...
out and about :: LDF14 live

out and about :: LDF14 live

I’m running around London Design Festival all this week and trying to get things up on the blog as quickly as I can, but to see what I see as I see it, make sure you’re following live on Instagram, Facebook, twitter and Pinterest… Follow confessions of a design geek’s board London Design Festival 2014...
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...
photos of numbers :: 4,3, 1,2,3,4 & 1

photos of numbers :: 4,3, 1,2,3,4 & 1

Hello all and happy Friday! It’s the second week of photos of numbers via Instagram – thank you so much to everyone who got involved! My favourites this week were: the very subtly numbered brass bulldog clips from @roddyandginger who said, “Everyone needs a bit of desk bling – numbered clips;” @lornasyson‘s 1,2,3,4 in honeycomb...
interview :: matej chabera

interview :: matej chabera

I met Matej Chabera at his graduate show at the Royal College of Art (RCA), and I was blown away by his hard work and dedication – he was presenting not one, but four final projects! When I asked him why, he looked at me a little blankly and said, “Because I’m at the RCA.”...
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...