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.
Posts tagged "London Design Festival"
interview :: ted jefferis

interview :: ted jefferis

I saw Ted Jefferis’ leather Hangup lamps at Total Fabrication at Craft Central during the London Design Festival and was immediately captivated. The son of a boat builder, Ted studied at Oxford Brookes University, where he began to explore the concept of furniture as a scaled down form of architecture. I was keen to find...
interview :: rhian malin

interview :: rhian malin

I met Rhian Malin at designjunction during the London Design Festival and was immediately drawn to her passion and enthusiasm. Her Hand Held Vessels collection is shaped in other people’s hands before it is fully dry and then project patterns are traced onto each one by hand. I love the contrast between the ancient making...
interview :: rhian mclaren

interview :: rhian mclaren

I met Rhian McLaren when she exhibited as part of Spotted at Top Drawer during the London Design Festival. I was instantly drawn to her mid-century patterns and keen to find out more… What’s the most important thing to know about you? That despite their appearance, all of my fabrics are printed by hand using...
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 you first get into what...
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? I’m a product designer from...
interview :: oscar francis

interview :: oscar francis

I discovered new surface pattern design brand Oscar Francis at Home London during the London Design Festival and was immediately captivated by both her colour palette and her architectural inspirations – her products even come in a cardboard tube just like architectural drawings do. I chatted with founder Sarah to find out more… When you were five years...
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...
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...
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...