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 :: 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...
interview :: pattern foundry

interview :: pattern foundry

Founder Richard Rhys describes the Pattern Foundry as “a conceptual factory” where existing ideas and archival materials collide with the new to produce designs. He translates these new pattern-based designs into objects such as ceramics, textiles, carpets, etc. The patterns are stunning and Richard has even worked with one of my heroes, Wim Crouwel, so...
interview :: hokolo

interview :: hokolo

I met Hokolo founder Jen at Pulse back in May and was immediately taken with her bright, bold designs. I was keen to find out more about what inspired them and where that name comes from… What’s the most important thing to know about you? My background is in architecture, I love working with materials...
interview :: head & haft

interview :: head & haft

I spotted Head & Haft at Platform during Clerkenwell Design Week and then again at One Year On at New Designers and have been trying to pin founder Chris Thorpe down for an interview ever since, especially as he hails from my home county of Cornwall, and uses materials like found wood and local granite....
interview :: rob ryan

interview :: rob ryan

I have been a Rob Ryan fan since his entire studio decamped to Somerset House for the very first Pick Me Up, a graphic art exhibition now in its fourth year. So I was very excited to finally get the chance to interview the man himself… What’s the most important thing to know about you?...
interview :: sam osborne

interview :: sam osborne

Graphic designer and illustrator Sam Osborne has been on my periphery for a little while now, so it was really exciting to finally see her designs properly and get to know her a little better. We talked colour, science fiction B-movies, and plain old hard work… What’s the most important thing to know about you? I...
interview :: sir kenneth grange

interview :: sir kenneth grange

During Clerkenwell Design Week I had the honour and the privilege* of being “In Conversation With” Sir Kenneth Grange, one of Britain’s most influential product designers. The man behind the first UK parking meters, the Intercity 125 and the Anglepoise Type 75 lamp and one of the founding partners of  global design agency Pentagram was...
interview :: ola

interview :: ola

East London based designer maker Katy Goutefangea launched new surface pattern design brand, Ola, at Pulse London in May. I’m a big fan of Katy’s work, so I was eager to find out more… What’s the most important thing to know about you? Ola is about creating well made, timeless everyday objects. The aesthetic is...
interview :: jessica walsh

interview :: jessica walsh

Sagmeister & Walsh are a top New York graphic design agency run by Stefan Sagmeister and Jessica Walsh. Quite aside from having some serious studio envy (#creativespaces!), I’m a big fan of their work, so I was delighted when Jessica agreed to do an interview for the blog. What’s the most important thing to know...
interview :: felix proctor

interview :: felix proctor

I spotted new designer Felix Proctor’s work at Platform in the House of Detention during Clerkenwell Design Week, but didn’t get to meet the man himself, so I was keen to catch up with him afterwards. We talked about the difference between art and design, music to design by, and getting chainsaws stuck in trees…...
interview :: custhom

interview :: custhom

I first discovered Custhom’s work at Maison et Objet in Paris at the beginning of this year and was excited to discover they had created an entire range inspired by the Godfather of Dutch Design Wim Crouwel, of whom I am a huge fan. I went to visit Jemma in their studio in March and...