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.
coadg bursary :: open for applications

coadg bursary :: open for applications

The confessions of a design geek bursary is back – and it’s bigger and better than ever! I am delighted to be partnering with Home London again this year to offer one new designer an incredible opportunity right at the beginning of their career. The winner will receive: A complimentary stand at Home...
design for good :: lostfound

design for good :: lostfound

LostFound is a concept by Evan Gant – a ‘lost and found’ system for the modern age. 3D-printed hooks placed within the community, alongside social media, connect people with the things they’ve lost. Attention grabbing red hooks are designed to be attached to sign posts and chain link fences, which...
interview :: tom pigeon

interview :: tom pigeon

Lovely Pigeon has become Tom Pigeon and although I’ve interviewed Lovely Pigeon founder Kirsty before, I thought it was time to interview her again alongside husband Pete, who has now joined the team. We talked inspirations, the importance of hard work, and of course favourite colours! What’s the most important...
out and about :: superstudio, designblok

out and about :: superstudio, designblok

I started my explorations of Superstudio just outside the first venue by climbing to the top of the Designblok Cube by Czech architecture practice H3T – and what a view! “We were inspired by, among other things, the Rubik’s Cube, the structure made of cubes in a cube, where individual...
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out and about :: mini moderns take-over, LDF14

out and about :: mini moderns take-over, LDF14

Following the success of Mini Moderns Remix at the East London Design Store during London Design Festival 2013, the design duo have shunned the traditional trade show route again this year, and taken over the Southbank Centre Shop for the whole of September with Remix 2. “I was extremely jealous last year when Keith and...
photos of numbers :: 10, 110 & 22

photos of numbers :: 10, 110 & 22

Thank you so much to everyone who took part in last week’s Instagram challenge – what a fabulous selection of photos of numbers! Here are my favourites… No Ten is by Annie Kruse aka @stylejuicer, the 110 is by the fabulous Tina Ramchandani aka @lifeinsketch and was snapped in New York’s Tribeca, and the two...
fiera :: one down, three to go

fiera :: one down, three to go

  So, the London Design Festival was pretty incredible – as I’m sure you will have gathered from the onslaught of “out and about” posts! (There are a few more to come, but we’ll go back to our usual schedule from now on!) LDF is the first of four design fairs I’m visiting for Issue...
here's one I made earlier :: modiron bench

here’s one I made earlier :: modiron bench

Bex Simon is incredible. She’s a bundle of energy who says she doesn’t feel human when she’s not ‘building’ – she was born to be a blacksmith. I was very privileged to spend a morning watching her make the modiron bench for Total Fabrication at Craft Central and even got to have to go myself,...
out and about :: designersblock, LDF14

out and about :: designersblock, LDF14

designersblock stands apart from other design shows, combining shiny new design with access to crumbly old buildings that are normally closed to the public. For this year’s London Design Festival, designersblock opened the doors to the incredible Old Sessions House on London’s Clerkenwell Green. The first thing I spotted was LEIZ – interior products which are...
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...