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 :: gabriel tan

interview :: gabriel tan

Singapore and New York based designer Gabriel Tan developed a collection of furniture inspired by the Hancock Shaker Village in Massachusetts. It was exhibited recently as part of Furnishing Utopia, at New York Design Week. We caught up with him after the exhibition to find out more about what makes him tick… What’s the most...
interview :: alex swain

interview :: alex swain

Alex Swain is the London-based designer behind British design brand ByALEX. Driven by a conviction that designers should use resources wisely, he uses cutting-edge technology to reduce waste and maximise efficiency, making all of his products in the UK and Latvia using timber sourced from responsibly managed forests. We caught up with him to find out more… What’s...
interview :: rosie brewer

interview :: rosie brewer

Having spent much of her childhood clitmbing on log-piles, learning how to use a drill and making bird-boxes in her parents’ saw mill, it was perhaps inevitable that Rosie Brewer would end up working with wood, but it was only in her third year of a 3D design degree that she re-discovered her passion for...
interview :: ann kristin einarsen

interview :: ann kristin einarsen

Norwegian artist and designer Ann Kristin Einarsen launched Stilleben (above) as part of Structure, an exhibition of contemporary Norwegian craft and design in Milan’s Ventura Lambrate last month. confessions of a design geek caught up with her to find out more about her practice… What’s the most important thing to know about you? I’m a...
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...