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, Dezeen, Design Milk, the Telegraph and Ideal Home.
Hemp uniforms for the NHS win Robin and Lucienne Day Prize

Hemp uniforms for the NHS win Robin and Lucienne Day Prize

Second year Royal College of Art student Lucy Rainbow has won the RCA Robin and Lucienne Day Prize for Ethical and Sustainable Design for her collection of NHS workwear made from hemp. The garments, based on NHS ‘scrubs’ worn by many hospital workers feature geometric patterns described by Lucy as...
interview :: kneip

interview :: kneip

I was in Oslo last week, where I met Jørgen Platou Willumsen and Stian Korntved Ruud – founders of craft, design and art studio Kneip. From a 365 day spoon carving project to a studio piled high with rescued materials, they were full of suprises, so I was keen to...
feature :: makers of east london

feature :: makers of east london

My second book, Makers of East London, is out in just a few weeks. To whet your appetite, I thought I’d share my introduction with you here. The whirr of machinery is almost deafening as Daniel Harris wends his way through the collection of antique looms, warping mills and pern...
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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...
out and about :: may design series

out and about :: may design series

Following recent news of the demise of May Design Series, I thought I would share my highlights from this year’s show. Organiser UBM has decided to concentrate its efforts on more niche shows such as kbb, Sleep, Decorex and Ecobuild. “Our exhibitors and visitors have informed us they want a more curated experience,” said UBM’s...
pinterest :: metal

pinterest :: metal

It’s strange how over the last few years warm metallics have gone from being an absolute no-no to something no interior seems complete without. It started in Scandinavia where the warmth of copper, brass and gold offered little twinkling moments in long, cold, dark winters, so it’s no surprise that the trend has caught on in...
feature :: into the fold

feature :: into the fold

My second article for the Guardian Weekend Magazine appeared this weekend – a trends piece on origami inspired homewares, accompanied by fabulous photography by Stephen Lenthall. I thought I would share it with you. It was slightly cut down for the paper, so here is the original full-length version… In an increasingly digital world, designers...
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...
out and about :: chelsea flower show

out and about :: chelsea flower show

At the end of May, I went to my very first Chelsea Flower Show. The New Craftsmen had been invited to curate the Artisan Sheds and surrounding area and invited me to come along and take a look. I dragged along dear friend and interior designer Daisy Riordan and we had an absolute ball. The...
pinterest :: glass

pinterest :: glass

I really want to have a go at glassblowing. There is something so magical about watching something so solid and brittle become molten and pliable and watching it shaped in the hands – or more correctly, with the mouths – of master craftspeople. It’s a material I am absolutely fascinated by. Until I get round...
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...
pinterest :: wood

pinterest :: wood

What is it about wood? It seems to appeal to something deep within us. I recently interviewed East London institution ‘Barn the spoon’ – a man who makes his living from carving and selling wooden spoons – and he said, “making stuff out of wood with axes and knives is in our blood,” and I...
fiera :: issue 02 party

fiera :: issue 02 party

We’re having a party to launch Issue 02 of our sister publication, Fiera Magazine, and you’re invited! Fiera is the biannual print magazine discovering new talent at the world’s design fairs, and our launch party is the first opportunity to get your hands on a copy – plus for one night only, we’ll be offering...
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...