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.
fiera :: kortrijk

fiera :: kortrijk

I have just got back from our fourth and final design show – the Biennial Interieur in Kortrijk. I had a blast and it’s a really good feeling to have the last few bits of content under out belts. Jeremy and Jese have been hard at work at magCulture putting...
interview :: kate farley

interview :: kate farley

I met Kate Farley at Tent London during the London Design Festival and was immediately captivated by her quiet passion. Her surface pattern designs are inspired by Britain’s gardens. I was keen to find out more… What’s the most important thing to know about you? That I care. How did...
out and about :: openstudio, designblok

out and about :: openstudio, designblok

I visited Designblok, Prague for the first time this year and one of the highlights was Openstudio. As part of Designblok’s ethos of hosting the festival within buildings normally closed to the public, it was held within Dum U Minuty (The house “at the minute”) on Prague Old Town Square,...
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…...
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out and about :: weathering

out and about :: weathering

One of the highlights of Tent London at this year’s London Design Festival was Weathering, a curation by the Crafts Council of Ireland showcasing new work from contemporary Irish designers and craftspeople. It was a real treat to see Joe Hogan weaving baskets live at the show – he’s been making them this way at...
photos of numbers :: 16,18,20, 39 & 12,13,14

photos of numbers :: 16,18,20, 39 & 12,13,14

Thank you so much to everyone who got involved in the #photosofnumbers instagram challenge last Friday. It was a really tough call, but here are my favourite three… I love spotting numbers on boats and particularly liked the reflection in this picture by Mo Freiknecht aka @frau_knallbraun. I LOVE huge numbers, so the no 39...
out about about :: upstairs at designjunction, LDF14

out about about :: upstairs at designjunction, LDF14

Ventura Lambrate is always my favourite show of Milan Design Week, so I was super excited to hear that Ventura Projects was coming to the London Design Festival – and I wasn’t disappointed. Above, Nottingham Trent graduate Aimee Bollu‘s collection the Hoard gives new life to discarded objects by combining them with ‘luxury’ materials such...
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...