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.
interviews
interview :: ted jefferis

interview :: ted jefferis

I saw Ted Jefferis’ leather Hangup lamps at Total Fabrication at Craft Central during the London Design Festival and was immediately captivated. The son of a boat builder, Ted studied at Oxford Brookes University, where he began to explore the concept of furniture as a scaled down form of architecture. I was keen to find...
interview :: rhian malin

interview :: rhian malin

I met Rhian Malin at designjunction during the London Design Festival and was immediately drawn to her passion and enthusiasm. Her Hand Held Vessels collection is shaped in other people’s hands before it is fully dry and then project patterns are traced onto each one by hand. I love the contrast between the ancient making...
interview :: rhian mclaren

interview :: rhian mclaren

I met Rhian McLaren when she exhibited as part of Spotted at Top Drawer during the London Design Festival. I was instantly drawn to her mid-century patterns and keen to find out more… What’s the most important thing to know about you? That despite their appearance, all of my fabrics are printed by hand using...
interview :: richard brendon

interview :: richard brendon

Richard Brendon is one of those designers who has been on my radar for so long, that I am amazed I haven’t already interviewed him for the blog. He is a young London-based designer and British bone china specialist, who I first became aware of when he launched his reflective cups designed to be paired...
interview :: tom pigeon

interview :: tom pigeon

Lovely Pigeon has become Tom Pigeon and although I’ve interviewed Lovely Pigeon founder Kirsty before, I thought it was time to interview her again alongside husband Pete, who has now joined the team. We talked inspirations, the importance of hard work, and of course favourite colours! What’s the most important thing to know about you?...
interview :: kate farley

interview :: kate farley

I met Kate Farley at Tent London during the London Design Festival and was immediately captivated by her quiet passion. Her surface pattern designs are inspired by Britain’s gardens. I was keen to find out more… What’s the most important thing to know about you? That I care. How did you first get into what...
interview :: aud julie befring

interview :: aud julie befring

I spotted Aud Julie Befring‘s work at 100% Norway during the London Design Festival and immediately loved her combinations of wood and oversized wool. We talked about listening to other people’s advice, getting over creative block and, of course, favourite colours…! What’s the most important thing to know about you? I’m a product designer from...
interview :: oscar francis

interview :: oscar francis

I discovered new surface pattern design brand Oscar Francis at Home London during the London Design Festival and was immediately captivated by both her colour palette and her architectural inspirations – her products even come in a cardboard tube just like architectural drawings do. I chatted with founder Sarah to find out more… When you were five years...
interview :: matej chabera

interview :: matej chabera

I met Matej Chabera at his graduate show at the Royal College of Art (RCA), and I was blown away by his hard work and dedication – he was presenting not one, but four final projects! When I asked him why, he looked at me a little blankly and said, “Because I’m at the RCA.”...
interview :: lars beller fjetland

interview :: lars beller fjetland

I have been a huge fan of Lars Beller Fjetland’s work ever since I saw his little Re-turned Birds at 100% Norway 2012. I almost met him at 100% Norway 2013, but was too star-struck to speak to him. So when I finally got to meet him at the 100% Norway 2014 preview in Bergen...
interview :: florrie + bill

interview :: florrie + bill

Amy Cawson came across a tatty vintage sofa at her local YMCA. When she replaced the worn-out leather seats with fabric ones, gave the whole thing a little TLC and found someone to buy it, she says she also found her calling. Realising there was a market for her take on restored vintage and retro...
interview :: kate shaw, cordello home

interview :: kate shaw, cordello home

Kate Shaw says she founded Cordello Home out of love: her love for property, mid-century furniture, eclectic interiors, vibrant household objects, and all things Italian – the name Cordello comes from two Italian words, ‘cuore’ which means heart and ‘modello’ which means pattern. I’m a sucker for a anyone that passionate about what they do...