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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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...
here's one I made earlier :: landscape of gravity

here’s one I made earlier :: landscape of gravity

I spotted Kirsi Enkovaara‘s final project Landscape of Gravity at Show RCA 2014, the Royal College of Art’s degree show. Being a girl who loves water and printing, I was intrigued to find out more. Kirsi has created a printing technique that aims to capture the movement of water and used it to decorate vessels,...
here's one I made earlier :: fanny shorter

here’s one I made earlier :: fanny shorter

When Fanny Shorter won the confessions of a design geek bursary in January, part of her prize was a photo shoot with Yeshen Venema and a film shoot with R&A Collaborations. I am super excited to be able to share the results of both shoots with you. All the photos in this post were taken...
here's one I made earlier :: same same

here’s one I made earlier :: same same

Upcycling is everywhere, but I recently discovered a really interesting take on it – young designer Laura Jungmann works with artisanal glass blower, Cornelius Reer, to reform mass produced, but new, bottles into unique glass vessels, adding value in the process. I was keen to find out more, so I spoke to Laura about what...
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...