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.
Look Like Love launches talent search for new designers

Look Like Love launches talent search for new designers

Online sales platform for new designers, Look Like Love, has launched its third annual New Talent Search – a quest to find emerging creatives it can “support, nurture and promote.” Founded in 2011 by designer Kate Brewer, the site provides the first step into retail for many graduate designers. “It’s...
interview :: h for hannah

interview :: h for hannah

UK-born LA-based Hannah Morrow has lived in New York, worked for a record label and as a prop stylist. She finally found her true calling when she established ceramics brand H for Hannah in 2008 after studying 3D design at Camberwell School of Art in London and specialising in bone...
A day in the life of the Benchmark Fixperts Resident

A day in the life of the Benchmark Fixperts Resident

This week, Fixperts Resident Maya Alvarado catches up with Benchmark co-founder and MD Sean Sutcliffe to discuss her progress, starts making films to document her fixes and finds inspiration from a uniquely Japanese solution to a problem… 06:20: I wake up for work and get ready. I have some cereal for breakfast and a cup of...
Andrea Ponti launches side table inspired by Hong Kong street signs

Andrea Ponti launches side table inspired by Hong Kong street signs

Italian designer Andrea Ponti’s Kanban steel and concrete side table references Hong Kong’s industrial architecture in its materials and Kowloon’s distinctive neon signage in its form. The table comprises a concrete drum-shaped base with a steel cuff at the top, out from which protrudes a side arm, which supports the...
The Craftsman by Richard Sennet is the second #designbookclub book

The Craftsman by Richard Sennet is the second #designbookclub book

Following the success of the first #designbookclub (you can read the full transcript here), we’ll be getting together again at 9pm GMT (4pm EST) on Thursday 04 February to discuss The Craftsman by Richard Sennett. It’s an absolutely wonderful book – one of those that ends up with a cracked...
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A day in the life of the Benchmark Fixperts Resident

A day in the life of the Benchmark Fixperts Resident

This week, Resident Fixpert at British furniture manufacturer Benchmark, Maya Alvarado, visits Heidi to see how she’s getting on with her bespoke utensils, contemplates the role of wear and tear in improving a product and makes a repair to a previous fix…  06:20: I wake up, get ready in plenty of layers and make my way to Benchmark. It...
A day in the life of the Benchmark Fixperts Resident

A day in the life of the Benchmark Fixperts Resident

This week, British furniture manufacturer Benchmark‘s Resident Fixpert Maya Alvarado continues work on Mrs Ellis’ tray, learns from her mistakes and finds inspiration from some more fellow Fixperts… 06:20: I wake up and the house feels cold! I make a camomile tea to warm me up and get ready for work. 07:10: As I arrive at Benchmark, the sky looks so beautiful and...
interview :: elliot eakin

interview :: elliot eakin

Eliot Eakin Furniture is based in Chicago where its eponymous founder draws inspiration from the iconic buildings surrounding him, which count Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe amongst their architects, working with local craftspeople using metal casting, fabricating, upholstery and woodworking, to bring his ideas to life. We caught up with him to...
confessions of a design geek raises £1,750 in new charity partnership

confessions of a design geek raises £1,750 in new charity partnership

I am delighted to announce a new charity partnership between confessions of a design geek and the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Trust. As a blogger and journalist I am incredibly lucky to be given a number of promotional gifts and sample products in the course of my job. It goes without saying that I am very...
A day in the life of the Benchmark Fixperts Resident

A day in the life of the Benchmark Fixperts Resident

This week, Fixperts Resident Maya Alvarado tries her new Benchmark uniform for size, puts the finishing touches  on Heidi’s utensils, continues work on her tray for Mrs Ellis and gets inspiration from some fellow Fixperts… 06:50: I wake up and get ready for work. It feels too early for breakfast, or perhaps I am just still full from the holidays!...
Eden by Tim Smith #designbookclub tweetchat transcript

Eden by Tim Smith #designbookclub tweetchat transcript

Design Book Club has landed! Launched just before Christmas, it kicked off with Eden by Tim Smit – the story of the Eden Project in Cornwall’s St Austell – and our first tweet chat was a roaring success. If you missed it, you can read the full transcript below. Make sure you don’t miss the...
A day in the life of the Benchmark Fixperts Resident

A day in the life of the Benchmark Fixperts Resident

This week, Fixperts Resident Maya Alvarado goes back to see Mrs Ellis with a prototype for her tea tray and carries on working on her leather footrest for wheelchair-user Heidi at British furniture manufacturer Benchmark. 06:20: I wake up for work and have a shower. I have some cornflakes with banana for breakfast and a cup of spiced camomile tea. 07:05:...
Max Lamb slices up 187-year-old tree to make 130 functional objects.

Max Lamb slices up 187-year-old tree to make 130 functional objects.

Max Lamb, who grew up in Cornwall’s St Austell and is now based in London, felled a 187-year-old tree on his Grandfather’s Yorkshire farm and sliced it into 130 useable objects to save it from being used as firewood. The slices were displayed in order of diameter at Somerset House during the London Design Festival...
Venn Creative wins Media Innovation Award for Cedar Juice branding

Venn Creative wins Media Innovation Award for Cedar Juice branding

Cornish graphic design agency Venn Creative has won the coveted award for their brand identity for the Canadian cold pressed juice. Working closely with another Cornish company, content studio Stranger Collective, Venn Creative created the brand identity, which included logo, packaging and e-commerce website, around a series of large numbers designed to communicate the fact that...
Kai Venus makes knives from reclaimed carpenters' saws and chopping board off-cuts

Kai Venus makes knives from reclaimed carpenters’ saws and chopping board off-cuts

Cornish designer Kai Venus makes his Upcycled Kitchen Knives by mounting blades from used carpenter’s saws onto leftover hardwood from his own range of chopping boards. “The high carbon spring steel used in saw blades provides a razor sharp edge, which it holds for an exceptionally long time,” explains Kai. Although the high carbon content...
interview :: stranger collective

interview :: stranger collective

  I have long been inspired by the work of ‘creative content studio’ Stranger Collective, headed up by my very talented sister Clare Howdle and her business partner Helen Gilchrist. Having worked with them on a few projects, I have frequently been impressed by their creativity and energy. They put this down to something they...
A day in the life of the Benchmark Fixperts Resident

A day in the life of the Benchmark Fixperts Resident

This week, Fixperts Resident Maya Alvarado starts work on a leather footrest for wheelchair-user Heidi at British furniture manufacturer Benchmark,  then cycles over to Heidi’s school to test out some of her prototypes.  06:45: I wake up and get ready for work, having a shower and making a banana milkshake for breakfast. 07:05: I arrive at the station to beautiful sun....