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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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 him tick… What’s the most...
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 find out more. “One of...
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 to find out more… What’s...
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 the opportunity to find inspiration...
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 she re-discovered her passion for...
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....
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...
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...
Soho House launches co-working spaces for creative industries

Soho House launches co-working spaces for creative industries

Initially established in London’s Soho way back in 1995 as a private members’ club for people in the creative industries, Soho House has since extended into a global brand with members’ clubs across Europe and North America, as well as adding restaurants, cinemas, and spas to its portfolio – and now, Soho Works: an international...