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 :: nordvink

interview :: nordvink

I met Sanna and Anne of Danish design studio Nordvink at Northmodern in Copenhagen at the beginning of this year and was immediately captivated by their simple yet functional approach to design. Six months later, I finally pinned them down to find out more about how they work… What’s the most important thing to know about...
interview :: james molkenthin

interview :: james molkenthin

This is the seventh in a series of interviews with young designers identified by the Design Council as “Ones to Watch“. James Molkenthin’s redesign of the household kettle gives blind and partially sighted people a sense of assurance, control and normality in their own homes. Its stylish look also helps to remove the stigma around specially manufactured ‘blind...
interview :: richard hardy

interview :: richard hardy

I met Richard Hardy at Clerkenwell Design Week and was immediately impressed with his playful approach to sustainable design, pairing ‘waney-edges’ with bright primary colours to create responsible furniture with mass appeal. I couldn’t wait to find out more about what makes him tick… What’s the most important thing to know about you? I’ve done a...
interview :: felix faire

interview :: felix faire

Last week, I chaired a panel event at New Designers with three of the 70 young designers the Design Council has identified as Ones to Watch, and was lucky enough to meet Felix Faire – a passionate and fascinating young man obsessed with the intersection of music and design. Through his project, Contact, any physical interaction with...
interview :: flock

interview :: flock

I first came across Flock when I was interviewing Florrie and Bill founder Amy Cawson, and she told me about a collaboration she had done using their fabric to upholster a chair. Flock works exclusively with recent graduates to create gorgeous printed textiles. Each designer is given a platform to showcase their talent, named as...
interview :: felix bell

interview :: felix bell

This is the fifth in a series of interviews with young designers identified by the Design Council as “Ones to Watch“. Felix Bell‘s Brick Bottle is an everyday drinks container with a potentially life-changing second use. The empty container, when filled with sand or soil, transforms into a construction material, designed to build fire, flood and earthquake-resistant shelters for refugees...
interview :: feist forest

interview :: feist forest

Feist Forest is based in an “old tin tabernacle” in Devon and launched just six weeks ago. They make wooden work tables for “the vagabonds, dreamers and makers who courageously make great ideas happen.” With a pitch like that, how could I not feature them on the blog? I spoke to founder Vicki Turner to...
interview :: emma thomas

interview :: emma thomas

This is my fourth interview with young designers identified by the Design Council as Ones to Watch. Emma Thomas’ housing designs for 24-hour-care and supported-living put a focus on circulation spaces, giving their autistic residents the opportunity to observe social situations without having to engage, and include threshold spaces and places for chance encounters and...
interview :: effie koukia

interview :: effie koukia

This is the third in a series of interviews with the Design Council’s Ones To Watch – 70 up-and-coming designers identified as having the vision, ambition and potential to contribute to the UK’s reputation as a leading design nation. Concerns over health and safety as well as environmental factors led Effie Koukia to develop graffiti...
interview :: dan hoolahan

interview :: dan hoolahan

This is the second in my series of interviews with young designers identified by the Design Council as “Ones to Watch.” Dan Hoolahan‘s Freeform furniture range was listed in the Everyday Living category alongside 2014 Design Museum Designer in Residence Torsten Sherwood and silversmith Juliette Bigley whose work I first spotted at Clerkenwell Design Week...
interview :: dome studio

interview :: dome studio

Clerkenwell Design Week starts today! I’m super excited and will be there all week. If you’re planning on heading over, make sure you register here first. In the meantime, here’s an interview with Dome Studio, founded in 2014 by friends Tom Whiteway & Jonathan Blayney, they are one of the up-and-coming design brands exhibiting at Platform, CDW’s space...
interview :: baines&fricker

interview :: baines&fricker

I have been a fan of husband and wife team Baines&Fricker since they launched their design company at 100% Design in 2011, but I am especially excited about their new collection, which launches at Clerkenwell Design Week a week today. I caught up with Eliza Fricker for a sneak preview…   What’s the most important...