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.
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Objects of Desire is the next #designbookclub book

Objects of Desire is the next #designbookclub book

Reading glasses and strategically placed cappuccinos at the ready – it’s time for the fifth confessions of a design geek book club. Objects of Desire by Adrian Forty was recommended by one of our members. First published in 1986, it’s since become required reading on many design courses. “In this radical and highly original examination...
Pick Me Up showcases new graphic artists

Pick Me Up showcases new graphic artists

Pick Me Up, the annual festival for the graphic arts, is back at Somerset House for its seventh year. Showcasing illustration, animation, 3-D installations, stationery, and for the first time this year – ceramics, the show is in town until 02 May 2016. confessions of a design geek founding editor, Katie Treggiden, popped in to check...
Iceland's unique landscape inspires at Design March 2016

Iceland’s unique landscape inspires at Design March 2016

Borne out of the 2009 financial crisis, and populated with design inspired by Iceland’s volcanic landscape, Design March has been celebrating both local and global design since 2009. Gero Grundmanne’s Driftwood Cantilevered Box was part of an exhibition of products made from driftwood – an alternative source of timber for the active volcanic and geological island, which...
interview :: os ∆ oos

interview :: os ∆ oos

Eindhoven-based Os ∆ Oos were one of those brands that seemed to appear as if from nowhere and then keep popping up. In a short space of time, I saw their work at Northmodern in Copenhagen, at Spazio Rossana Orlandi during Milan Design Week and then again at Dutch Design Week. I decided it was high...
Design for the Real World by Victor Papanek is the next #designbookclub book

Design for the Real World by Victor Papanek is the next #designbookclub book

It’s time for the fourth confessions of a design geek #designbookclub. So far, we’ve read Eden by Tim Smit (you can read the full transcript here), The Craftsman by Richard Sennett (you can read the transcript here), and Design Like You Give A Damn by Architecture for Humanity’s Cameron Sinclair (you can read the full...
interview :: visibility

interview :: visibility

Visibility is a New York based industrial design studio, founded by Joseph Guerra and Sina Sohrab in 2012. I met the design duo at Ambiente Frankfurt at the beginning of last year where their work had been selected as part of the Ambiente Talents showcase of new designers. I finally managed to grab two minutes...
interview :: silje nesdal

interview :: silje nesdal

I met Silje Nesdal both in Oslo for the 100% Norway preview and then again at 100% Norway itself during the London Design Festival last year. I immediately loved her style and her approach to design, so this interview has been a long time coming. We talked yellow coats, post-war design and tiny Japanese rulers… What’s...
New Design Museum will open on 24 November 2016

New Design Museum will open on 24 November 2016

The Design Museum has just announced that it will open the doors of its new Kensington High Street venue on 24 November 2016, having spent £83 million on the John Pawson-designed transformation of the Grade II* listed former Commonwealth Institute building. “This move will redefine the Design Museum as the most inspiring, exciting and engaging...
Design PR quits her job to launch ‘Ruthless People’ furniture collection

Design PR quits her job to launch ‘Ruthless People’ furniture collection

Lisa McMillan, formerly of leading design PR agency Camron, has turned her back on a career in public relations to launch a six-piece furniture collection, entitled Ruthless People. The collection, which comprises a dining table, a stool, two mirrors, a side table and a floor light, is made from mild steel frames formed from just...
interview :: siv lier

interview :: siv lier

I first saw Bergen Academy of Art graduate Siv Lier‘s work in Milan last year, and then again at 100% Norway in September. I was struck by her intuitive use of colour and form – her work often combines simple geometric shapes to make functional yet playful products that encourage user interaction. We talked big...
Aalto University wins award for new cotton recycling technique

Aalto University wins award for new cotton recycling technique

Researchers from the School of Arts, Design and Architecture and the School of Chemical Technology at Helsinki’s Aalto University have won the top H&M Global Change Award for a recycling technique that converts waste-cotton into new textiles. The conversion of the existing ‘Ioncell-F process’ to enable the recycling of waste-cotton into new textiles was awarded...
interview :: simon kinneir

interview :: simon kinneir

This is the latest in a series of interviews with designers identified by the Design Council as Ones to Watch. Simon Kinneir’s Leaven collection of kitchen products has been designed with subtle tweaks from their ordinary counterparts to give extra sensory feedback beyond a reliance on sight – these changes improve the practicality and enjoyability of a...