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. Katie also writes for Design Milk, We Heart, London Design Guide, LivingEtc and Ideal Home.
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out and about :: salonesatellite, milan 2014

out and about :: salonesatellite, milan 2014

SaloneSatellite is my favourite part of the fair, and always a great place to spot rising stars. It was launched in 1998 to bring together the most promising new designers from all over the world and immediately became an incubator of young creative talent. Many of the pieces presented as prototypes in previous years have gone into...
out and about :: ventura lambrate, milan 2014

out and about :: ventura lambrate, milan 2014

Ventura Lambrate is without doubt my favourite part of Milan Design Week. It is always bursting at the seams with young enthusiastic designers, new ideas and cutting edge design, with a real festival vibe – and this year was no exception. I spent a beautiful sunny day exploring every last corner. Previously inspired by folded...
interview :: vera & kyte

interview :: vera & kyte

Vera & Kyte is a Bergen-based design studio made up of Vera Kleppe and Åshild Kyte. Together they design furniture, products and interior spaces. They describe themselves as “always seeking new impressions, eager to discover the trigger for our next idea.” It was that endless curiosity that interested me and drove me to find out...
interview :: malin bobeck

interview :: malin bobeck

I met Malin Bobeck at the Stockholm Furniture Fair‘s student and graduate showcase, Greenhouse. I was immediately captivated by her experimental projects using light technology in textiles, Droplet and Liquid. I had to find out more… What’s the most important thing to know about you as a designer? That I’m curious, I create my textiles...
feature :: for the love of leather

feature :: for the love of leather

Man has used leather since prehistoric times, for everything from clothing and shelter to boats and armour. Leather tanning is one of the oldest human activities – early methods using animal fats are mentioned in Assyrian texts and Homer’s Iliad. As the design industry returns to traditional materials and making techniques, it comes as no...
interview :: petter johansson

interview :: petter johansson

Whenever I visit a city for Design Week, alongside the organised events, I always try to meet up with some locally based new designers. By a stroke of luck, a couple of days before I was due to fly out to Stockholm, a book called ‘PJADAD, Selected Work 2008 – 2013′ landed on my doormat....
out and about :: stockholm furniture and light fair, 2014

out and about :: stockholm furniture and light fair, 2014

I’ve told you all about Greenhouse, so now it’s time for the Stockholm Furniture Fair itself. It’s one of my favourite shows, always full of fresh new design that you just don’t see anywhere else. I loved the rich, yet typically restrained Scandinavian colour palette on Gubi’s stand. The Ronde Pendant is German designer Oliver Schick’s...
here's one I made earlier :: wood tailoring

here’s one I made earlier :: wood tailoring

When I met Emma Marga Blanche and Fredrik Färg at Stockholm Design Week last year, they’d just bought each other a state of the art sewing machine for Christmas. They’d also just launched the highly FAB Chair Couture – chairs whose backs you can change like different dresses for different occasions. Most designers would still just...
out and about :: greenhouse, stockholm furniture fair 2014

out and about :: greenhouse, stockholm furniture fair 2014

It’s hard to believe it’s less than a week since I was in Stockholm for Design Week. The main event is the Furniture and Light Fair, and for me the highlight is always Greenhouse, a showcase of recently graduated and independent designers. The standard is always incredibly high and this year was no exception. The...
out and about :: maison et objet 2014

out and about :: maison et objet 2014

Maison et Objet is the vast trade show on the outskirts of Paris that officially kicks of trade show season. It was so exciting to be there in the cold January air surrounded by the latest and greatest in design, getting 2014 off to the best possible start. There is always an overwhelming number of...
out and about :: home london 2014

out and about :: home london 2014

After months of hard work making the confessions of a design geek bursary happen, it was really lovely to step back, leave the shortlisted designers to man their stand and take a stroll around Home London. Now in its third year, it seems to have grown-up. It was much bigger this year, but the selection...
coadg bursary :: stand design mentoring

coadg bursary :: stand design mentoring

Jo Robinson, the driving force behind one of my favourite design brands, HAM, won Best Stand at Home London in 2013, so I was delighted when she agreed to be the stand design mentor for the confessions of a design geek bursary. She and bursary winner Fanny Shorter have already been hard at work designing...