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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interview :: lars beller fjetland

interview :: lars beller fjetland

I have been a huge fan of Lars Beller Fjetland’s work ever since I saw his little Re-turned Birds at 100% Norway 2012. I almost met him at 100% Norway 2013, but was too star-struck to speak to him. So when I finally got to meet him at the 100% Norway 2014 preview in Bergen...
photos of numbers :: 2, 2378 & 7654321

photos of numbers :: 2, 2378 & 7654321

I’ve been writing this column for quite some time now, a celebration both of typography in all its guises and of the fact that inspiration can sneak up on you absolutely anywhere if you stay open to it. I can remember being super-nervous to launch something quite so geeky, but the response has been overwhelming,...
feature :: out of the woods

feature :: out of the woods

Young designer Sebastian Cox creates modern furniture from timber sourced in the UK using a 5,000-year-old technique. ‘I am in love with coppiced hazel,’ says up-and-coming designer Sebastian Cox, winner of a 2011 Wood Award. ‘I sit up at night thinking about it, reading about it and watching TED talks about it. Planing English timber...
interview :: florrie + bill

interview :: florrie + bill

Amy Cawson came across a tatty vintage sofa at her local YMCA. When she replaced the worn-out leather seats with fabric ones, gave the whole thing a little TLC and found someone to buy it, she says she also found her calling. Realising there was a market for her take on restored vintage and retro...
out and about :: radical geometry

out and about :: radical geometry

Intrigued to find out more about the origins of the ubiquitous geometric trend we’re seeing in interior design at the moment, I went to see the Radical Geometry: Modern Art of South America exhibition at London’s Royal Academy of Arts (RA). As part of a special Latin Takeover night, we were treated to a really...
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...