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.
interview :: kate shaw, cordello home

interview :: kate shaw, cordello home

Kate Shaw says she founded Cordello Home out of love: her love for property, mid-century furniture, eclectic interiors, vibrant household objects, and all things Italian – the name Cordello comes from two Italian words, ‘cuore’ which means heart and ‘modello’ which means pattern. I’m a sucker for a anyone that...
out and about :: usf bergen

out and about :: usf bergen

While I was in Norway recently for the preview of 100% Norway, I visited USF Bergen, a multi-disciplinary arts venue that houses performance spaces, dance studios, designers’ workshops and incubator spaces for graduates from the Bergen Academy of Art and Design. I was there to visit Norwegian designers Vera &...
here's one I made earlier :: emma alington's with a twist

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

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. We might have already had the behind-the-scenes tour of her studio, but this is a making method that warrants further investigation!...
interview :: pattern foundry

interview :: pattern foundry

Founder Richard Rhys describes the Pattern Foundry as “a conceptual factory” where existing ideas and archival materials collide with the new to produce designs. He translates these new pattern-based designs into objects such as ceramics, textiles, carpets, etc. The patterns are stunning and Richard has even worked with one of...
out and about :: temple of agape

out and about :: temple of agape

Martin Luther King said, “I have also decided to stick with love, for I know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind’s problems. And I’m going to talk about it everywhere I go. I know it isn’t popular to talk about it in some circles today. And I’m...
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photos of numbers :: 23, 2 & 3

photos of numbers :: 23, 2 & 3

I jetted off to Bergen for a flying 24 hour visit and a sneak preview of London Design Festival’s 100% Norway this week. It was lots of fun and Bergen is really beautiful – explore post with more on that coming soon. In the meantime, Bergen also boasts some pretty cool numbers… One of my...
photos of numbers :: 324, 202 & SS268

photos of numbers :: 324, 202 & SS268

I might have been on a complete break in Cornwall, but I couldn’t resist snapping a few numbers while I was there. The 324 was on the side of a boat in a tiny fishing village on The Lizard called Cadgwith Cove. The 202 on a pebble is a table number in the grounds of...
creative spaces :: hector & haddock

creative spaces :: hector & haddock

Justine Wall aka Hector & Haddock has a studio in her 1650s thatched cottage on Salisbury Plain, from where she creates linocut, letterpress and screen print designs inspired by, and often incorporating, paper ephemera and traditional printing methods. She describes her cottage as looking “like it’s been iced with Royal Icing and topped with Shredded...
interview :: hokolo

interview :: hokolo

I met Hokolo founder Jen at Pulse back in May and was immediately taken with her bright, bold designs. I was keen to find out more about what inspired them and where that name comes from… What’s the most important thing to know about you? My background is in architecture, I love working with materials...
out and about :: cornish inspiration

out and about :: cornish inspiration

Carl Jung proposed that anything taken to extreme becomes its opposite. When you do what you love for a living, the temptation is to work really hard and to work all the time. The danger is, that taken to extreme, the thing you love can become a thing you hate. I don’t ever want this...
photos of numbers :: 0123456, 22 & 20

photos of numbers :: 0123456, 22 & 20

One of the things I love about this column is that people have started sending me their photos of numbers via social media! I love that my little nerdy obsession has crept into other people’s lives! So, this week I thought I would share some of my recent favourites… London based interior design studio Born...
interview :: head & haft

interview :: head & haft

I spotted Head & Haft at Platform during Clerkenwell Design Week and then again at One Year On at New Designers and have been trying to pin founder Chris Thorpe down for an interview ever since, especially as he hails from my home county of Cornwall, and uses materials like found wood and local granite....
out and about :: new designers 2014 part 2

out and about :: new designers 2014 part 2

Last week I wrote about New Designers Part 1, and this week it’s time for Part 2. New Designers is an annual showcase of design graduates’ final projects and I was particularly keen to see the work that had come from the furniture, product, spatial and industrial Design courses. Here is what caught my eye…...
photos of numbers :: 64554, 12345678 & 17

photos of numbers :: 64554, 12345678 & 17

Paul Smith said, “You can find inspiration in everything – and if you can’t, look again.” So, taking him at his word, I decided to try to find all my numbers of this week’s post during my commute. And it turns out, Mr Smith was right – you can find inspiration in everything. I found...
design for good :: the bradley timepiece

design for good :: the bradley timepiece

The Bradley Timepiece was originally designed for blind people. Its titanium body contains a magnet that rotates two ball bearings allowing people to tell the time just by touching it. One ball moves around in a groove in the watch face, indicating minutes, while the hour ball moves around its edge. It was designed by...
interview :: rob ryan

interview :: rob ryan

I have been a Rob Ryan fan since his entire studio decamped to Somerset House for the very first Pick Me Up, a graphic art exhibition now in its fourth year. So I was very excited to finally get the chance to interview the man himself… What’s the most important thing to know about you?...
out and about :: new designers part 1 2014

out and about :: new designers part 1 2014

New Designers is the annual showcase of over 3,000 graduating design students’ final projects, split across two weeks. I went along to Part 1 specifically to see the textiles and ceramics. The first thing I spotted was Sophie Southgate‘s Landscape // Colour. Sophie starts a one-year graduate residency at Cardiff’s Fireworks Clay Studios in September....