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.
interviews
interview :: h for hannah

interview :: h for hannah

UK-born LA-based Hannah Morrow has lived in New York, worked for a record label and as a prop stylist. She finally found her true calling when she established ceramics brand H for Hannah in 2008 after studying 3D design at Camberwell School of Art in London and specialising in bone china. All her designs are...
interview :: elliot eakin

interview :: elliot eakin

Eliot Eakin Furniture is based in Chicago where its eponymous founder draws inspiration from the iconic buildings surrounding him, which count Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe amongst their architects, working with local craftspeople using metal casting, fabricating, upholstery and woodworking, to bring his ideas to life. We caught up with him to...
interview :: stranger collective

interview :: stranger collective

  I have long been inspired by the work of ‘creative content studio’ Stranger Collective, headed up by my very talented sister Clare Howdle and her business partner Helen Gilchrist. Having worked with them on a few projects, I have frequently been impressed by their creativity and energy. They put this down to something they...
interview :: jack mcguiness

interview :: jack mcguiness

  What’s the most important thing to know about you? I’m all about trees, trees and all the interdependent ecosystem that surrounds them. I’m not sure if that’s the most important thing about me, but it’s certainly up there. Why does social, environmental and ecological sustainability matter to you so much? As a designer you...
interview :: amy isles freeman

interview :: amy isles freeman

Cornish artist and designer Amy Isles Freeman has taken a male-dominated part of the design industry and turned it on his head with her hand-painted hand-turned wooden bowls that celebrate femininity. We talked art school, feminism, and kindly neighbours… How did you get into woodturning? When I graduated from art school I wanted to learn...
interview :: toro

interview :: toro

I discovered Toro last time I was in Falmouth. On the surface, it is just a plant shop, but it is a very beautiful plant shop – it somehow feels like my favourite corners of Instagram made real, so I knew I had to find out more about this little space and its owner Tor...
interview :: rebecca price

interview :: rebecca price

This is the latest in a series of interviews with designers identified by the Design Council as ‘Ones to Watch’. Rebecca Price‘s Store and Pour jars are designed to reduce food waste, by making it easy to measure out healthy portions – the pour jar is shaped with a spout to enable the user to pour its...
interview :: kristine bjaadal

interview :: kristine bjaadal

I met Kristine Bjaadal in Oslo on a trip to preview 100% Norway, having been aware of her work for a while – and then of course saw her again during the London Design Festival. We talked inspirations, imperfections and memories… What’s the most important thing to know about you? Through my design of everyday...
interview :: torsten sherwood

interview :: torsten sherwood

Following a seven month residency at the Design Museum as part of the institution’s 2014 Designers in Residence programme, Torsten Sherwood has been selected by the Design Council as one of 70 ‘Ones to Watch‘. NOOOK is a series of modular cardboard discs, following the principles of Lego, but enabling children to build three-dimensional structures large enough to play...
interview :: thomas savage

interview :: thomas savage

This is the latest in a series of interviews with designers identified by the Design Council as the rising stars of the future – the so-called ‘Ones to Watch‘. Thomas Savage‘s ‘In Praise Of Nests & Other Things’ is a collection of towers designed to sit along shoreline of Blyth, Northumberland. “The nine-storey hostel towers comprise steel scaffolding and concrete cabins,...
interview :: trefjøla

interview :: trefjøla

I met design collective Trefjøla in Olso for the 100% Norway preview and was impressed with the simplicity of their proposition – chopping boards made from reclaimed wood. Add to that a bunch of talented Norwegian designers and makers and you’ve got a recipe for a success. I caught up with the founders to find...
interview :: ross kemp

interview :: ross kemp

This is the latest in our series of interviews with new designers identified by the Design Council as ‘Ones to Watch‘. Ross Kemp‘s ‘Asap’ electric waterboard helps coastal rescuers get through the surf more quickly to reach people who are drowning. Inspired by a jet ski, it is significantly cheaper to produce and produces zero emissions. Ross’s project was selected in...