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 the Guardian, Elle Decoration and Dezeen.
Forest+Found use nature to guide their craft

Forest+Found use nature to guide their craft

Kate Brewer, founder of Look Like Love, profiles a different new designer every week. With the tagline “support, nurture, promote” echoing confessions of a design geek’s own “discover, champion and inspire” and a similar commitment to advocating for emerging talent, the parallels between Look Like Love and confessions of a design...
interview :: gabriel tan

interview :: gabriel tan

Singapore and New York based designer Gabriel Tan developed a collection of furniture inspired by the Hancock Shaker Village in Massachusetts. It was exhibited recently as part of Furnishing Utopia, at New York Design Week. We caught up with him after the exhibition to find out more about what makes...
Childhood favourites inspire Kayleigh Hadley's illustrations

Childhood favourites inspire Kayleigh Hadley’s illustrations

Kate Brewer, founder of Look Like Love, profiles a different new designer every week. With the tagline “support, nurture, promote” echoing confessions of a design geek’s own “discover, champion and inspire” and a similar commitment to advocating for emerging talent, the parallels between Look Like Love and confessions of a design...
Tom Dixon creates co-working space in Clerkenwell church

Tom Dixon creates co-working space in Clerkenwell church

British design brand Tom Dixon has collaborated with St James Church in Clerkenwell to create a co-working space for the local community, featuring a large communal desk, eight comfortable seats and high-speed wifi. confessions of a design geek editor, Katie Treggiden, caught up with Rev Andrew Baughen, the Priest-in-Charge, to...
interview :: alex swain

interview :: alex swain

Alex Swain is the London-based designer behind British design brand ByALEX. Driven by a conviction that designers should use resources wisely, he uses cutting-edge technology to reduce waste and maximise efficiency, making all of his products in the UK and Latvia using timber sourced from responsibly managed forests. We caught up with him...
Maya Alvarado creates a new shelving system for local charity shop

Maya Alvarado creates a new shelving system for local charity shop

This week, Benchmark’s resident Fixpert, Maya Alvarado teams up with Benchmark’s cabinetmaker Max to fit the Red Cross fix, they bring pre-fabricated parts on site and prepare the new storage system ready for use… 09:00: It is Saturday morning, having collected the materials and tools from Benchmark’s workshop, Max and I...
Charles Dedman's reinvents traditional crafts with modern techniques

Charles Dedman’s reinvents traditional crafts with modern techniques

Kate Brewer, founder of Look Like Love, profiles a different new designer every week. With the tagline “support, nurture, promote” echoing confessions of a design geek’s own “discover, champion and inspire” and a similar commitment to advocating for emerging talent, the parallels between Look Like Love and confessions of a design...
Kneip's driftwood sculptures were inspired by a trip to the country

Kneip’s driftwood sculptures were inspired by a trip to the country

Norwegian art and design duo, Kneip, has created a series of black-painted driftwood sculptures, entitled Loen, inspired by a trip to Stryn in Western Norway. The region’s tourist authority invited them to visit last May, and to make a short film (above) while they were there. They decided to use...
interview :: rosie brewer

interview :: rosie brewer

Having spent much of her childhood clitmbing on log-piles, learning how to use a drill and making bird-boxes in her parents’ saw mill, it was perhaps inevitable that Rosie Brewer would end up working with wood, but it was only in her third year of a 3D design degree that...
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Clerkenwell Design Week adopts new 'spine' layout

Clerkenwell Design Week adopts new ‘spine’ layout

Having written an article for the Clerkenwell Post about the ‘masterplan’ for 2016’s Clerkenwell Design Week, confessions of a design geek editor Katie Treggiden was better placed than most to navigate the new ‘spine’ layout of this year’s festival, so forewarned and forearmed, she set out to explore the show, and here she reports back...
The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees is the next #designbookclub book

The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees is the next #designbookclub book

We’re six months into confessions of a design geek’s design book club already – how time flies when you’re having fun! The last few books have been quite academic and a few of you have requested something a little more accessible, so next up is Robert Penn’s The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees....
Maya Alvarado prototypes new paddles

Maya Alvarado prototypes new paddles

This week, Benchmark’s resident Fixpert, Maya Alvarado develops the team’s collaborative paddle project for Heidi with Mike, builds new prototypes for the Canadian canoe adventure and begins a batch of resonance boards… 06:00: I wake up in Hungerford, and begin my day by researching existing paddles. Today I will prepare some different versions for Heidi...
Jode Pankhurst combines playful illustrations with ceramics

Jode Pankhurst combines playful illustrations with ceramics

Kate Brewer, founder of Look Like Love, profiles a different new designer every week. With the tagline “support, nurture, promote” echoing confessions of a design geek’s own “discover, champion and inspire” and a similar commitment to advocating for emerging talent, the parallels between Look Like Love and confessions of a design geek are clear. Watch out...
Klavdija Jarc launches multifunctional stool on Kickstarter

Klavdija Jarc launches multifunctional stool on Kickstarter

Slovenian designer Klavdija Jarc has conceived a stool that also functions as a coffee table, a bedside table and a storage shelf and is hoping to raise $17,000 on Kickstarter to get it into production. The Woodieful Chair is an a-shaped laminated beech object comprising two solid edges at right angles to one another, and...
interview :: ann kristin einarsen

interview :: ann kristin einarsen

Norwegian artist and designer Ann Kristin Einarsen launched Stilleben (above) as part of Structure, an exhibition of contemporary Norwegian craft and design in Milan’s Ventura Lambrate last month. confessions of a design geek caught up with her to find out more about her practice… What’s the most important thing to know about you? I’m a...
Maya Alvarado runs fixing workshop for Two Saints

Maya Alvarado runs fixing workshop for Two Saints

This week, Benchmark’s resident Fixpert, Maya Alvarado tests out a new handle for Sean Sutcliffe’s portable samples case, collects scrap material and charity shop finds, and leads the second workshop for local homeless charity Two Saints. 06:00: I wake up in Hungerford and get ready for work. I pack some paper and fun tape for...
Catherine MacGruer turns collage into knitted textiles

Catherine MacGruer turns collage into knitted textiles

Kate Brewer, founder of Look Like Love, profiles a different new designer every week. With the tagline “support, nurture, promote” echoing confessions of a design geek’s own “discover, champion and inspire” and a similar commitment to advocating for emerging talent, the parallels between Look Like Love and confessions of a design geek are clear. Watch out...
Design Museum announces 2016 Designers in Residence

Design Museum announces 2016 Designers in Residence

London’s Design Museum has announced the ninth cohort of new designers to benefit from its annual Designers in Residence programme. The four are Alix Bizet, Clementine Blakemore, Andrea de Chirico and Rain Wu. The designers will spend the next four months responding to the theme of Open, culminating in an exhibition of the work they...
interview :: sverre uhnger

interview :: sverre uhnger

Norwegian designer Sverre Uhnger launched Trace, a collection of wooden platters, as part of Structure, a showcase of contemporary Norwegian craft and design in Milan’s Ventura Lambrate. confessions of a design geek editor Katie Treggiden was intrigued by the juxtaposition of craft and modern technology in his collection, and caught up with him in Milan to...
Maya Alvarado prepares for Red Cross charity shop fix

Maya Alvarado prepares for Red Cross charity shop fix

This week, Benchmark’s resident Fixpert, Maya Alvarado, learns about ordering materials in the workshop, prepares wood in the mill and makes the final Red Cross charity shop fix… 06:00: I wake up in Hungerford and get ready for work. 07:00: I start the day in the workshop with Pete showing me how to order and...
Studio Haran champions sustainable design

Studio Haran champions sustainable design

Kate Brewer, founder of Look Like Love, profiles a different new designer every week. With the tagline “support, nurture, promote” echoing confessions of a design geek’s own “discover, champion and inspire” and a similar commitment to advocating for emerging talent, the parallels between Look Like Love and confessions of a design geek are clear. Watch out...