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.
Forest+Found use nature to guide their craft

Forest+Found use nature to guide their craft

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...
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...
Childhood favourites inspire Kayleigh Hadley's illustrations

Childhood favourites inspire Kayleigh Hadley’s illustrations

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...
Tom Dixon creates co-working space in Clerkenwell church

Tom Dixon creates co-working space in Clerkenwell church

British design brand Tom Dixon has collaborated with St James Church in Clerkenwell to create a co-working space for the local community, featuring a large communal desk, eight comfortable seats and high-speed wifi. confessions of a design geek editor, Katie Treggiden, caught up with Rev Andrew Baughen, the Priest-in-Charge, to...
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...
Maya Alvarado creates a new shelving system for local charity shop

Maya Alvarado creates a new shelving system for local charity shop

This week, Benchmark’s resident Fixpert, Maya Alvarado teams up with Benchmark’s cabinetmaker Max to fit the Red Cross fix, they bring pre-fabricated parts on site and prepare the new storage system ready for use… 09:00: It is Saturday morning, having collected the materials and tools from Benchmark’s workshop, Max and I...
Charles Dedman's reinvents traditional crafts with modern techniques

Charles Dedman’s reinvents traditional crafts with modern techniques

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...
Kneip's driftwood sculptures were inspired by a trip to the country

Kneip’s driftwood sculptures were inspired by a trip to the country

Norwegian art and design duo, Kneip, has created a series of black-painted driftwood sculptures, entitled Loen, inspired by a trip to Stryn in Western Norway. The region’s tourist authority invited them to visit last May, and to make a short film (above) while they were there. They decided to use...
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...
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Soho House launches co-working spaces for creative industries

Soho House launches co-working spaces for creative industries

Initially established in London’s Soho way back in 1995 as a private members’ club for people in the creative industries, Soho House has since extended into a global brand with members’ clubs across Europe and North America, as well as adding restaurants, cinemas, and spas to its portfolio – and now, Soho Works: an international...
Fixperts Resident makes remote fixes through social media

Fixperts Resident makes remote fixes through social media

This week, Benchmark’s resident Fixpert, Maya Alvarado transforms nutcrackers into bleach bottle openers, finalises two pairs of adapted nail clippers for limited hand dexterity, and makes a plastic art tray test for a young woman with autism… 05:55: I wake up and get ready for work. I make a smoothie with coconut water, blueberries and plums....
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 radical and highly original examination...
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, Katie Treggiden, popped in to check...
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 – an early years centre...
Weaver Rowenna Mason breathes new life into the ancient craft

Weaver Rowenna Mason breathes new life into the ancient craft

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...
Maya Alvarado has a day of testing with Fix Partners

Maya Alvarado has a day of testing with Fix Partners

This week, Benchmark’s resident Fixpert, Maya Alvarado builds an art tray prototype for Fix Partner Philly’s wheelchair, visits new week-old twins, and delivers a resonance board to the Dingley Centre… 06:20: I wake up and get ready for work. I have some Swedish ‘quilted bread’ with honey and a cup of tea for breakfast. 07:30:...
Time out enabled Jennifer Stafford to get back to basics

Time out enabled Jennifer Stafford to get back to basics

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...
Fixperts resident helps the homeless make things with Benchmark offcuts

Fixperts resident helps the homeless make things with Benchmark offcuts

This week, Benchmark’s resident Fixpert, Maya Alvarado gathers oak offcuts, packs up tools and materials and leads a making workshop for residents at local housing charity Two Saints’ hostel… 06:20: I wake up and ensure that my camera batteries are charged, as today my sister Rhianna will make a film documenting a workshop that I...
Iceland's unique landscape inspires at Design March 2016

Iceland’s unique landscape inspires at Design March 2016

Borne out of the 2009 financial crisis, and populated with design inspired by Iceland’s volcanic landscape, Design March has been celebrating both local and global design since 2009. Gero Grundmanne’s Driftwood Cantilevered Box was part of an exhibition of products made from driftwood – an alternative source of timber for the active volcanic and geological island, which...
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...
Benchmarks' resident Fixpert Maya Alvarado designs 'wearable toothbrushes'

Benchmarks’ resident Fixpert Maya Alvarado designs ‘wearable toothbrushes’

This week, British Furniture Manufacturer Benchmark’s resident Fixpert, Maya Alvarado delivers the second sofa fix to The Dingley Centre, puts up a new coat hook for their staff and designs some alternative toothbrushes… 06:20: I wake up in Hungerford and get my things ready for work. Today I will be investigating ways to make tooth brushing...