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.
Look Like Love launches talent search for new designers

Look Like Love launches talent search for new designers

Online sales platform for new designers, Look Like Love, has launched its third annual New Talent Search – a quest to find emerging creatives it can “support, nurture and promote.” Founded in 2011 by designer Kate Brewer, the site provides the first step into retail for many graduate designers. “It’s...
interview :: h for hannah

interview :: h for hannah

UK-born LA-based Hannah Morrow has lived in New York, worked for a record label and as a prop stylist. She finally found her true calling when she established ceramics brand H for Hannah in 2008 after studying 3D design at Camberwell School of Art in London and specialising in bone...
A day in the life of the Benchmark Fixperts Resident

A day in the life of the Benchmark Fixperts Resident

This week, Fixperts Resident Maya Alvarado catches up with Benchmark co-founder and MD Sean Sutcliffe to discuss her progress, starts making films to document her fixes and finds inspiration from a uniquely Japanese solution to a problem… 06:20: I wake up for work and get ready. I have some cereal for breakfast and a cup of...
Andrea Ponti launches side table inspired by Hong Kong street signs

Andrea Ponti launches side table inspired by Hong Kong street signs

Italian designer Andrea Ponti’s Kanban steel and concrete side table references Hong Kong’s industrial architecture in its materials and Kowloon’s distinctive neon signage in its form. The table comprises a concrete drum-shaped base with a steel cuff at the top, out from which protrudes a side arm, which supports the...
The Craftsman by Richard Sennet is the second #designbookclub book

The Craftsman by Richard Sennet is the second #designbookclub book

Following the success of the first #designbookclub (you can read the full transcript here), we’ll be getting together again at 9pm GMT (4pm EST) on Thursday 04 February to discuss The Craftsman by Richard Sennett. It’s an absolutely wonderful book – one of those that ends up with a cracked...
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Helen Round launches ‘Coastal Collection’ inspired by Cornish luggers

Helen Round launches ‘Coastal Collection’ inspired by Cornish luggers

Millbrook-based textiles designer Helen Round has launched a new collection of hand-printed linen home ware inspired by traditional Cornish sailing boats. The collection, which includes lampshades, cushions, tea towels, wash bags, aprons, napkins and placemats, depicts traditional Cornish ‘luggers’ – a traditional Cornish sailing ship with two or three masts and a lugsail on each....
St Ives garden shows Barbara Hepworth sculptures as the artist intended

St Ives garden shows Barbara Hepworth sculptures as the artist intended

Barbara Hepworth, Two Forms (Divided Circle) 1969 , Bronze, 237.5 x 233.7 x 54 cm, Tate, ©Bowness, Photo: ©Tate, Marcus Leith If you missed the Barbara Hepworth retrospective at the Tate Britain, maybe it’s time to head South West and check out her Sculpture Garden in St Ives. The Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden in the...
interview :: jack mcguiness

interview :: jack mcguiness

  What’s the most important thing to know about you? I’m all about trees, trees and all the interdependent ecosystem that surrounds them. I’m not sure if that’s the most important thing about me, but it’s certainly up there. Why does social, environmental and ecological sustainability matter to you so much? As a designer you...
A day in the life of the Benchmark Fixperts Resident

A day in the life of the Benchmark Fixperts Resident

This week, Fixperts Resident Maya Alvarado spends her day at British furniture manufacturer Benchmark working on two fixes for Heidi – a pupil at local special needs school The Castle: a collection of cooking utensils and a more comfortable grip for the joystick on her wheelchair. 06:20: I wake up a little earlier than usual, take a shower and have...
confessions of a design geek launches Design Book Club

confessions of a design geek launches Design Book Club

I am a member of a book club, a fairly geeky literary fiction book club, and one of the things I love about it is that it makes me read more regularly – it also makes me read books I almost certainly wouldn’t have read otherwise – I learn something every time. We meet monthly, and...
Boex turns Porthleven bike shop into take-away café

Boex turns Porthleven bike shop into take-away café

Cornish interior design firm Boex worked with ‘Nauti But Ice’ to turn the bike shop next door to their Porthleven ice-cream parlour into ‘Go Nauti,’ a take-away café. The 60-square-metre reclaimed timber-clad space features breakfast bars, shared tables and both high and low seating to accommodate lone diners as well as large groups. “The idea...
Tom Raffield’s Scots Light is made from 80 steam-bent ‘leaves’

Tom Raffield’s Scots Light is made from 80 steam-bent ‘leaves’

Cornwall-based design Tom Raffield has launched a new wooden lampshade hand made from approximately 80 individually cut and steam-bent leaves of ash. Inspired by a pinecone, the Scots Light is built around a laser-cut birch wood frame, to which the ash leaves are attached. “This piece involves great technical expertise and also a bit of...
interview :: amy isles freeman

interview :: amy isles freeman

Cornish artist and designer Amy Isles Freeman has taken a male-dominated part of the design industry and turned it on his head with her hand-painted hand-turned wooden bowls that celebrate femininity. We talked art school, feminism, and kindly neighbours… How did you get into woodturning? When I graduated from art school I wanted to learn...
A day in the life of the Benchmark Fixperts Resident

A day in the life of the Benchmark Fixperts Resident

In this week’s column, Fixperts Resident Maya Alvarado shares a day in her week working with British furniture manufacturer Benchmark looking for ‘fixes’ in their workshop and in the local community – this week she takes some utensil prototypes for Heidi, a local student who has cerebral palsy, to test out and starts work on...
Carl Austin’s furniture is made using traditional boat-building skills

Carl Austin’s furniture is made using traditional boat-building skills

Having moved to Falmouth from Leicester 11 years ago to pursue a lifelong dream of working with wooden boats, three years ago Carl Austin changed careers again, this time putting his boat-building skills to good use in designing and making outdoor furniture. His oak and larch steam-bent creations feature seats made of sail canvas framed...
Anna Hart Design creates first London outpost for Cornish coffee company

Anna Hart Design creates first London outpost for Cornish coffee company

Penryn-based Anna Hart Design has created the interior for Origin Coffee‘s flagship store – a combined training space for the baristas that use their coffee all over the capital and further afield, and coffee shop for locals. The 60-square-metre coffee shop on Charlotte Street, Shoreditch, and 56-metre basement education space features Origin’s now trademark monochromatic...
interview :: toro

interview :: toro

I discovered Toro last time I was in Falmouth. On the surface, it is just a plant shop, but it is a very beautiful plant shop – it somehow feels like my favourite corners of Instagram made real, so I knew I had to find out more about this little space and its owner Tor...