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, Dezeen, Design Milk, the Telegraph and Ideal Home.
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Hemp uniforms for the NHS win Robin and Lucienne Day Prize

Hemp uniforms for the NHS win Robin and Lucienne Day Prize

Second year Royal College of Art student Lucy Rainbow has won the RCA Robin and Lucienne Day Prize for Ethical and Sustainable Design for her collection of NHS workwear made from hemp. The garments, based on NHS ‘scrubs’ worn by many hospital workers feature geometric patterns described by Lucy as “androgynous” and “joyful” in bold...
interview :: kneip

interview :: kneip

I was in Oslo last week, where I met Jørgen Platou Willumsen and Stian Korntved Ruud – founders of craft, design and art studio Kneip. From a 365 day spoon carving project to a studio piled high with rescued materials, they were full of suprises, so I was keen to find out more about how...
feature :: makers of east london

feature :: makers of east london

My second book, Makers of East London, is out in just a few weeks. To whet your appetite, I thought I’d share my introduction with you here. The whirr of machinery is almost deafening as Daniel Harris wends his way through the collection of antique looms, warping mills and pern winders he has brought back...
I've written a book!

I’ve written a book!

I am absolutely delighted to finally be able to reveal that I’ve written my second book! Makers of East London tells the stories of 27 people who are making things from spoons to shoes, bells to bikes and chairs to chopping boards, in the heart of the capital, with stunning photography by the very talented Charlotte...
interview :: juliette bigley

interview :: juliette bigley

This is the latest in a series of interviews with designers identified by the Design Council as “Ones to Watch“. I’ve been aware of Juliette Bigley‘s work since Nick Wilshire curated The Makings of Luxury, a space at Clerkenwell Design Week‘s Additions focused on craft. Her Conversational Vessels are inspired by the body language we use when interacting...
out and about :: 2015 graduate shows

out and about :: 2015 graduate shows

Graduate show season has drawn to a close, so I thought I’d share some of the most inspiring projects I’ve seen this year. I visited Plymouth College of Art (where I spotted, among other things, Melanie Wood’s neon carpet concept above), the Royal College of Art, Central Saint Martin’s, New Designers and New Designers One...
interview :: made by michael

interview :: made by michael

I discovered Michael Daae Christensen’s work at Northmodern in Copenhagen at the beginning of this year, and then met him in person at the Stockholm Furniture Fair in February. Despite still being a student at Denmark’s TEKO, (part of VIA University College), he has already established his own studio, Made by Michael, and has work in production....
photos of numbers :: 12, 44 of 50 & 4

photos of numbers :: 12, 44 of 50 & 4

Thank you so much to everyone who took part in yesterday’s photos of numbers challenge on Instagram – some absolutely fantastic entries made it very tricky to pick just three, but here they are… The first was spotted by Daniele Prosdocimo aka @dprosdocimo in Singapore. 44 of 50 is the edition number and a tiny...
design for good :: maacraft

design for good :: maacraft

I’ve just discovered Maacraft and I thought it was worth sharing. Founded by product designer Dani Szalkai at the Miskolc Autism Foundation, it is a small Hungarian workshop, where designers work alongside people on the autism spectrum to produce everyday objects, embracing rustic surfaces, clear shapes, natural materials, contemporary design and traditional craft. The profit from the project...
interview :: nordvink

interview :: nordvink

I met Sanna and Anne of Danish design studio Nordvink at Northmodern in Copenhagen at the beginning of this year and was immediately captivated by their simple yet functional approach to design. Six months later, I finally pinned them down to find out more about how they work… What’s the most important thing to know about...
out and about :: venice

out and about :: venice

I was very lucky to be invited to Venice recently for Foscarini‘s Milan preview. While you could be forgiven for confusing parts of many European cities, Venice is uniquely Venice, so it was a real delight to spend some time there. Even our transport to meetings was by boat! I had a spare hour or...
photos of numbers :: 7, 60 & 123

photos of numbers :: 7, 60 & 123

Photos of numbers is back! Thank you so much to everyone who took part in yesterday’s Instagram challenge – these are my favourite snaps… The fantastically retro “Alabama 7″ was snapped by @designfizz and was spotted near Elizabeth Bay in Sydney. Bringing a bit of sunshine to a rainy day, @octobercomms, shared number 60 on...