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. Katie also writes for Design Milk, We Heart, London Design Guide, LivingEtc and Ideal Home.
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here's one I made earlier :: utopia & utility

here’s one I made earlier :: utopia & utility

I saw Utopia & Utility‘s Stacking Vessels for the first time in Milan last year, and have since seen them at Clerkenwell Design Week and most recently at Maison et Objet in January. I decided it was high time I found out more about how these captivating objects are made. Pia Wustenberg, the creative force...
here's one I made earlier :: woven oak

here’s one I made earlier :: woven oak

I met the lovely Lizzie Hillier, co-founder with husband Leo of Woven Oak, at Home London at the beginning of this year. I love a bit of print, so when she told me all their designs are hand drawn in Sussex and then hand carved into wood or lino, I had to find out more....
here's one I made earlier :: wood tailoring

here’s one I made earlier :: wood tailoring

When I met Emma Marga Blanche and Fredrik Färg at Stockholm Design Week last year, they’d just bought each other a state of the art sewing machine for Christmas. They’d also just launched the highly FAB Chair Couture – chairs whose backs you can change like different dresses for different occasions. Most designers would still just...
here's one I made earlier :: shed test

here’s one I made earlier :: shed test

Today I just wanted the share this mesmerisingly simple film of Edward Slater making prototypes in the shed at the bottom of his garden in Wimbledon, London… I highly recommend a little explore of Edward’s website where he documents the making of each prototype in more detail. He’s refreshingly honest and relaxed about the failures as...
here's one I made earlier :: jailmake snowflake

here’s one I made earlier :: jailmake snowflake

It’s rare for a Christmas card to engage anyone for longer than it takes to open it, read it, maybe smile, and pop it up on the shelf with the others until they all get taken down with the rest of the decorations. This year, there was one notable exception. JAILmake sent me a brass...
here's one I made earlier :: janet stahelin edmondson

here’s one I made earlier :: janet stahelin edmondson

I saw Janet Stahelin Edmonson‘s work at the Craft Central Imprint exhibition in September, ostensibly a show about printing. She uses lace to create delicate patterns in porcelain vases. Having spotted the film above at the exhibition, I was keen to find out more about the process. “First, the porcelain is rolled out on a canvas...
here's one I made earlier :: kethi copeland

here’s one I made earlier :: kethi copeland

I included the lovely Kethi Copeland‘s work in my review of London Design Festival’s Imprint exhibition at Craft Central in September, but I was keen to find out more about the process behind the prints. Kethi says: “My city screen-prints begin as hand drawings. The ‘Walk by The River’ prints focus on the South bank of...
here's one I made earlier :: foldability

here’s one I made earlier :: foldability

I love what I call “niche geekery” so when Kyla McCallum, founder of design studio Foldability, started telling me about the origami ‘Mitsonobu Sonobe’ module I was immediately fascinated. “The module was designed by Mitsonobu Sonobe in the early 1960s – he used it to create prisms and cubes, but I don’t think he realised...
here's one I made earlier :: cutting corners

here’s one I made earlier :: cutting corners

The London Design Festival starts in just over three weeks (eeek!), so it’s time to start talking about some of the amazing design that we can expect to find there. First up, I spoke to Berlin-based Swedish designer and architect Björn Andersson to find out how he designed and made his amazing “Cutting Corners” lights,...
here's one I made earlier :: bairro alto

here’s one I made earlier :: bairro alto

Bairro Alto is husband and wife team Matt and Sabina Ford. A dual obsession with coffee and concrete has led to their first product, the Classico coffee tamper, designed in their workshop in Bristol and made in England using local suppliers. I was keen to find out how you go from coffee drinker to designer...
here's one I made earlier :: tortus copenhagen

here’s one I made earlier :: tortus copenhagen

Behind this ancient door at Kompagnistraede 23 in the design centre of Copenhagen, Denmark lies Tortus Copenhagen, a small-scale producer of fine hand-made ceramics. In their words: ”Like the noble creature from which we derive our name, we move at our own humble pace.” Sounds like my kind of place… This is Eric Landon, one of...
here's one I made earlier :: thornback & peel

here’s one I made earlier :: thornback & peel

I was recently invited to Thornback & Peel‘s studio, which is in Cockpit Arts, Holborn, for an evening of screen printing, to make my very own Thornback & Peel cushion. Being a bit of a print-addict, I was there in a flash! The first step was to choose our pattern and our fabric from the...