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.
design for good :: maacraft

design for good :: maacraft

I’ve just discovered Maacraft and I thought it was worth sharing. Founded by product designer Dani Szalkai at the Miskolc Autism Foundation, it is a small Hungarian workshop, where designers work alongside people on the autism spectrum to produce everyday objects, embracing rustic surfaces, clear shapes, natural materials, contemporary design and traditional craft....
interview :: nordvink

interview :: nordvink

I met Sanna and Anne of Danish design studio Nordvink at Northmodern in Copenhagen at the beginning of this year and was immediately captivated by their simple yet functional approach to design. Six months later, I finally pinned them down to find out more about how they work… What’s the most...
out and about :: venice

out and about :: venice

I was very lucky to be invited to Venice recently for Foscarini‘s Milan preview. While you could be forgiven for confusing parts of many European cities, Venice is uniquely Venice, so it was a real delight to spend some time there. Even our transport to meetings was by boat! I...
here's one I made earlier :: dye lines

here’s one I made earlier :: dye lines

I have known Emma Buckley ever since she interviewed me for a university project about design blogs, and she has been working with me on a part-time basis alongside her studies ever since, so it is with great pride that I am now able to present her graduate project. Both she and I...
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pinterest :: wood

pinterest :: wood

What is it about wood? It seems to appeal to something deep within us. I recently interviewed East London institution ‘Barn the spoon’ – a man who makes his living from carving and selling wooden spoons – and he said, “making stuff out of wood with axes and knives is in our blood,” and I...
fiera :: issue 02 party

fiera :: issue 02 party

We’re having a party to launch Issue 02 of our sister publication, Fiera Magazine, and you’re invited! Fiera is the biannual print magazine discovering new talent at the world’s design fairs, and our launch party is the first opportunity to get your hands on a copy – plus for one night only, we’ll be offering...
interview :: feist forest

interview :: feist forest

Feist Forest is based in an “old tin tabernacle” in Devon and launched just six weeks ago. They make wooden work tables for “the vagabonds, dreamers and makers who courageously make great ideas happen.” With a pitch like that, how could I not feature them on the blog? I spoke to founder Vicki Turner to...
out and about :: fiera edit at may design series

out and about :: fiera edit at may design series

I was recently asked by UBM to curate a small exhibition at May Design Series focussed on the new design talent I had been spotting in my role as editor of Fiera, an independent biannual magazine discovering new talent at the world’s design fairs. I scoured design shows in Copenhagen, Stockholm and Frankfurt to unearth...
fiera :: issue 02 has gone to print

fiera :: issue 02 has gone to print

We did it! Issue 02 of our sister publication Fiera Magazine has gone to print! The flat plan above has been our guiding light for months, and now every last page has finally been crossed off! In many ways, the “difficult second album,” I’m even more proud of this issue than I was of the...
interview :: emma thomas

interview :: emma thomas

This is my fourth interview with young designers identified by the Design Council as Ones to Watch. Emma Thomas’ housing designs for 24-hour-care and supported-living put a focus on circulation spaces, giving their autistic residents the opportunity to observe social situations without having to engage, and include threshold spaces and places for chance encounters and...
out and about :: platform & additions 2015

out and about :: platform & additions 2015

As promised, here is part two of my Clerkenwell Design Week post, following last week’s round-up of the Design Factory. Before I get into the gems I spotted at Platform and Additions, I must big-up the Invisible Store of Happiness (above) team. It was incredibly inspiring working alongside Sebastian Cox, Laura Ellen Bacon and AHEC...
pinterest :: grey

pinterest :: grey

Grey is my favourite colour. It is the colour of concrete, and brutalism, and nerdy things to love. It can be a safe colour, but it can also be rich, warm and exciting. My current top tip is combining it with wood or tiny touches of warm metallics like gold and copper – that really...
fiera :: issue 2

fiera :: issue 2

I am delighted to announce that Fiera Issue 02 is just weeks away. We go to print this week, but I wanted to give you a sneak preview of the front cover – featuring a number I spotted at Ambiente Frankfurt, and like the rest of the magazine, designed by magCulture. Issue 01 has now completely sold...
feature :: informing with the invisible store of happiness

feature :: informing with the invisible store of happiness

This is the final essay in a series of four about the behind the scenes process leading up to the installation of The Invisible Store of Happiness in Saint John’s Arch during Clerkenwell Design Week. This one is entitled Informing and was published just before the grand unveiling. On 19 May 2015, the Invisible Store...
interview :: effie koukia

interview :: effie koukia

This is the third in a series of interviews with the Design Council’s Ones To Watch – 70 up-and-coming designers identified as having the vision, ambition and potential to contribute to the UK’s reputation as a leading design nation. Concerns over health and safety as well as environmental factors led Effie Koukia to develop graffiti...
out and about :: design factory 2015

out and about :: design factory 2015

There was so much good stuff at Clerkenwell Design Week this year, that I’ve decided to split it into two posts. First up, the Design factory at the Farmiloe Building, and some of the installations that the festival is becoming known for. Above is Glaze by Cousins & Cousins in collaboration with Gx Glass. And...