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.
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fiera :: in the press

fiera :: in the press

Sorry I’ve been a little quiet on the Fiera front – a well earned break followed by lots of behind the scenes work starting to get the magazine off the ground! I’ll be able to share lots of news of what we’ve been up to soon, but in the meantime I wanted to say some...
design for good :: kangaroo cups

design for good :: kangaroo cups

I am always inspired by young designers, but they’re not often quite as young as Lily Born. Lily’s grandfather has Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative condition that, among other symptoms, affects control over muscle movement. Aged just 11, Lily noticed her granddad spilling his drinks and, being the daughter of an inventor, she decided to design...
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 passionate about what they do...
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 & Kyte, Hanna Kari Ravndal, Mikael...
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...
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! “Everything begins with a ball...
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 my heroes, Wim Crouwel, so...
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 not talking about emotional bosh...
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...