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.
Objects of Desire is the next #designbookclub book

Objects of Desire is the next #designbookclub book

Reading glasses and strategically placed cappuccinos at the ready – it’s time for the fifth confessions of a design geek book club. Objects of Desire by Adrian Forty was recommended by one of our members. First published in 1986, it’s since become required reading on many design courses. “In this...
Pick Me Up showcases new graphic artists

Pick Me Up showcases new graphic artists

Pick Me Up, the annual festival for the graphic arts, is back at Somerset House for its seventh year. Showcasing illustration, animation, 3-D installations, stationery, and for the first time this year – ceramics, the show is in town until 02 May 2016. confessions of a design geek founding editor,...
Maya Alvarado learns about the risky, the worthwhile and the possible

Maya Alvarado learns about the risky, the worthwhile and the possible

This week, Benchmark’s resident Fixpert, Maya Alvarado visits the Dingley centre to meet an occupational therapist to get feedback on some of her ideas, and makes Heidi a playing cards tray… 07:00: I wake up in Hungerford and gather my camera, measuring equipment and sketchbook. 07:30: I leave for the Dingley Centre...
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Team Benchmark go on a canoeing day trip with Heidi and her family

Team Benchmark go on a canoeing day trip with Heidi and her family

This week, Benchmark’s resident Fixpert, Maya Alvarado heads out with Kevin, Mike, Colin and Danny from the Benchmark team on a canoe day with Heidi and her family… 05:30: It’s Saturday. I wake up very early at my parents’ house in North London to make my way back to Berkshire for our canoe day trip...
New Design Museum will open on 24 November 2016

New Design Museum will open on 24 November 2016

The Design Museum has just announced that it will open the doors of its new Kensington High Street venue on 24 November 2016, having spent £83 million on the John Pawson-designed transformation of the Grade II* listed former Commonwealth Institute building. “This move will redefine the Design Museum as the most inspiring, exciting and engaging...
Michael Carroll's furniture combines metal and wood to ingenious effect

Michael Carroll’s furniture combines metal and wood to ingenious effect

Kate Brewer, founder of Look Like Love, profiles a different new designer every week. With the tagline “support, nurture, promote” echoing confessions of a design geek’s own “discover, champion and inspire” and a similar commitment to advocating for emerging talent, the parallels between Look Like Love and confessions of a design geek are clear. Watch out...
Design PR quits her job to launch ‘Ruthless People’ furniture collection

Design PR quits her job to launch ‘Ruthless People’ furniture collection

Lisa McMillan, formerly of leading design PR agency Camron, has turned her back on a career in public relations to launch a six-piece furniture collection, entitled Ruthless People. The collection, which comprises a dining table, a stool, two mirrors, a side table and a floor light, is made from mild steel frames formed from just...
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...
Maya Alvarado adapts a sofa to make it safer for children with special needs

Maya Alvarado adapts a sofa to make it safer for children with special needs

This week, Benchmark’s resident Fixpert, Maya Alvarado visits The Dingley Early Years Centre, finds some seats to fix and starts the refurbishment of a small sofa… 06:20: I wake up and get ready for work. Today I’m looking forward to visiting the Dingley Centre, a specialist early years centre for children with additional needs and...
Aalto University wins award for new cotton recycling technique

Aalto University wins award for new cotton recycling technique

Researchers from the School of Arts, Design and Architecture and the School of Chemical Technology at Helsinki’s Aalto University have won the top H&M Global Change Award for a recycling technique that converts waste-cotton into new textiles. The conversion of the existing ‘Ioncell-F process’ to enable the recycling of waste-cotton into new textiles was awarded...
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...
Maya Alvarado meets a new Fix Partner and prototypes paddles

Maya Alvarado meets a new Fix Partner and prototypes paddles

This week, Benchmark‘s resident Fixpert, Maya Alvarado visits Fix Partner Anne at the Red Cross Charity Shop, seeks out potential fixes and makes paddle prototypes for canoe trip with Heidi… 07:30: I wake up and get ready to go and meet my new Fix Partner Anne who manages the Red Cross Charity Shop in Hungerford....
Emma Buckley's graduate collection is defined by experimentation

Emma Buckley’s graduate collection is defined by experimentation

Kate Brewer, founder of Look Like Love, profiles a different new designer every week. With the tagline “support, nurture, promote” echoing confessions of a design geek’s own “discover, champion and inspire” and a similar commitment to advocating for emerging talent, the parallels between Look Like Love and confessions of a design geek are clear. Watch out...
Students at Aalto University create 14 different chairs from blackened ash

Students at Aalto University create 14 different chairs from blackened ash

14 Product and Spatial Design Masters students at Finland’s Aalto University School of Arts, Design, and Architecture each responded to the brief for a café chair to be made from the same material – blackened ash – resulting in 14 different prototypes. Kuu by Mette Kahlos The chairs are all made of solid ash, which...
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...