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 :: sverre uhnger

interview :: sverre uhnger

Norwegian designer Sverre Uhnger launched Trace, a collection of wooden platters, as part of Structure, a showcase of contemporary Norwegian craft and design in Milan’s Ventura Lambrate. confessions of a design geek editor Katie Treggiden was intrigued by the juxtaposition of craft and modern technology in his collection, and caught up with him in Milan to...
interview :: os ∆ oos

interview :: os ∆ oos

Eindhoven-based Os ∆ Oos were one of those brands that seemed to appear as if from nowhere and then keep popping up. In a short space of time, I saw their work at Northmodern in Copenhagen, at Spazio Rossana Orlandi during Milan Design Week and then again at Dutch Design Week. I decided it was high...
interview :: visibility

interview :: visibility

Visibility is a New York based industrial design studio, founded by Joseph Guerra and Sina Sohrab in 2012. I met the design duo at Ambiente Frankfurt at the beginning of last year where their work had been selected as part of the Ambiente Talents showcase of new designers. I finally managed to grab two minutes...
interview :: silje nesdal

interview :: silje nesdal

I met Silje Nesdal both in Oslo for the 100% Norway preview and then again at 100% Norway itself during the London Design Festival last year. I immediately loved her style and her approach to design, so this interview has been a long time coming. We talked yellow coats, post-war design and tiny Japanese rulers… What’s...
interview :: siv lier

interview :: siv lier

I first saw Bergen Academy of Art graduate Siv Lier‘s work in Milan last year, and then again at 100% Norway in September. I was struck by her intuitive use of colour and form – her work often combines simple geometric shapes to make functional yet playful products that encourage user interaction. We talked big...
interview :: simon kinneir

interview :: simon kinneir

This is the latest in a series of interviews with designers identified by the Design Council as Ones to Watch. Simon Kinneir’s Leaven collection of kitchen products has been designed with subtle tweaks from their ordinary counterparts to give extra sensory feedback beyond a reliance on sight – these changes improve the practicality and enjoyability of a...
interview :: studio haran

interview :: studio haran

I met husband and wife team Studio Haran on my travels during confessions of a design geek’s Cornish Design Season at the end of last year. Falmouth University graduates Joel and Helena design and make sustainable furniture and lighting from their farm courtyard workshop. They work with FSC graded timber – Cornish where possible – and...
interview :: moupila & friends

interview :: moupila & friends

I visited Moupila & Friends, a design shop in Belgium’s Dikkelvenne a couple of years ago and was struck by the ingenuity of a pair of designers combining a workshop, an office, a weekend shop and their home all in one hardworking space. The furniture and interior design studio was founded by Mieke Keukelier and...
interview :: marlene huissoud

interview :: marlene huissoud

This is the latest in a series of interviews with one of the 70 designers identified by the Design Council as Ones to Watch. As we start to consider whether insects will become the food source of the future, bee-keeper’s daughter Marlene Huissoud goes one step further. In her ‘From Insects’ project, she uses by-products from the honeybee and the Indian silkworm to make vessels...
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...