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.
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....
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...
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...
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interview :: matej chabera

interview :: matej chabera

December is “greatest hits” month, where I’m sharing some of my favourite posts from 2014. Matej is such an inspiring new designer – I highly recommend reading this one… 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...
out and about :: radical geometry

out and about :: radical geometry

Throughout December, I’m sharing some of my favourite posts from 2014 – I LOVED this exhibition… Intrigued to find out more about the origins of the ubiquitous geometric trend we’re seeing in interior design at the moment, I went to see the Radical Geometry: Modern Art of South America exhibition at London’s Royal Academy of...
feature :: hand lettering

feature :: hand lettering

I’m sharing some of the best posts of 2014 throughout December – I’m such a huge fan of hand lettering, this was a real pleasure to write… (PS Happy Christmas to those that celebrate!) This is the second instalment in my new “feature” column; a series of long form articles of 800 – 1000 words...
here's one I made earlier :: emma alington's with a twist

here’s one I made earlier :: emma alington’s with a twist

I’m sharing some of the best posts of 2014 throughout this month, and I love Emma Alington’s surface pattern design technique which mostly involves blowing bubbles… Emma Alington is forever blowing bubbles! Her With A Twist collection is decorated by blowing bubbles in soapy water and underglaze before applying the bubbly result to the surface....
interview :: florrie + bill

interview :: florrie + bill

December is “Greatest Hits” month, where I’m sharing some of my favourite posts from the past year – this interview with Florrie + Bill founder Amy Cawson has been one of the most popular posts this year… Amy Cawson came across a tatty vintage sofa at her local YMCA. When she replaced the worn-out leather...
out and about :: littlehampton

out and about :: littlehampton

How about a little blast of summer on this winter’s day? Here’s post I first wrote in June of this year, about the fascinating seaside town of Littlehampton… Who says a day trip to the seaside can’t turn into an architectural tour? Not this geek! I headed down to Littlehampton for a walk on the...
feature :: concrete; the quintessential hard stuff

feature :: concrete; the quintessential hard stuff

All this month I’m sharing some of my favourite posts for 2014 – you can have too much concrete… I work as a freelance design writer as well as writing this blog and in that work, I really enjoy writing feature articles; they allow a more in-depth look at a subject than is possible on a blog....
coadgbursary :: meet the partners

coadgbursary :: meet the partners

Alongside mentoring with the wonderful people I introduced you to last week, 2015 confessions of a design geek bursary winner, Alicja Patanowska, has also won a stand at Home London within the bursary area of the New Talent Zone, her products stocked at the Southbank Centre Shop for three months and included in the window...
design for good :: kangaroo cups

design for good :: kangaroo cups

This month I’m sharing some of my favourite posts of 2014 and I loved the story of 11 year old Lily, who invented a cup that you can’t knock over… I am always inspired by young designers, but they’re not often quite as young as Lily Born. Lily’s grandfather has Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative condition...
interview :: jessica walsh

interview :: jessica walsh

This month I’m sharing my favourite posts from 2014, and this is one my favourite interviews of all time, with the incredibly talented Jessica Walsh… Sagmeister & Walsh are a top New York graphic design agency run by Stefan Sagmeister and Jessica Walsh. Quite aside from having some serious studio envy (#creativespaces!), I’m a big...
out and about :: desso best in class exhibition

out and about :: desso best in class exhibition

Earlier this year, I was honoured to be asked by Desso to curate an exhibition of design graduates’ work entitled Best in Class. I scoured degree shows up and down the country and selected work by six incredible new designers. Inventor and founder of the Special Projects studio in London, Adrian Westaway who spoke at...
feature :: the law of jante

feature :: the law of jante

I’m sharing some of my favourite 2014 posts throughout December – this one was actually inspired by the interview with Petter that I shared on Tuesday… As I typed the pleasingly alliterative phrase ‘Danish design duo’ for the umpteenth time, it struck me how often I’ve met Scandinavian designers working in pairs or teams, versus...