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.
Jode Pankhurst combines playful illustrations with ceramics

Jode Pankhurst combines playful illustrations with ceramics

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...
Klavdija Jarc launches multifunctional stool on Kickstarter

Klavdija Jarc launches multifunctional stool on Kickstarter

Slovenian designer Klavdija Jarc has conceived a stool that also functions as a coffee table, a bedside table and a storage shelf and is hoping to raise $17,000 on Kickstarter to get it into production. The Woodieful Chair is an a-shaped laminated beech object comprising two solid edges at right...
interview :: ann kristin einarsen

interview :: ann kristin einarsen

Norwegian artist and designer Ann Kristin Einarsen launched Stilleben (above) as part of Structure, an exhibition of contemporary Norwegian craft and design in Milan’s Ventura Lambrate last month. confessions of a design geek caught up with her to find out more about her practice… What’s the most important thing to...
Maya Alvarado runs fixing workshop for Two Saints

Maya Alvarado runs fixing workshop for Two Saints

This week, Benchmark’s resident Fixpert, Maya Alvarado tests out a new handle for Sean Sutcliffe’s portable samples case, collects scrap material and charity shop finds, and leads the second workshop for local homeless charity Two Saints. 06:00: I wake up in Hungerford and get ready for work. I pack some...
Catherine MacGruer turns collage into knitted textiles

Catherine MacGruer turns collage into knitted textiles

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...
Design Museum announces 2016 Designers in Residence

Design Museum announces 2016 Designers in Residence

London’s Design Museum has announced the ninth cohort of new designers to benefit from its annual Designers in Residence programme. The four are Alix Bizet, Clementine Blakemore, Andrea de Chirico and Rain Wu. The designers will spend the next four months responding to the theme of Open, culminating in an...
interview :: sverre uhnger

interview :: sverre uhnger

Norwegian designer Sverre Uhnger launched Trace, a collection of wooden platters, as part of Structure, a showcase of contemporary Norwegian craft and design in Milan’s Ventura Lambrate. confessions of a design geek editor Katie Treggiden was intrigued by the juxtaposition of craft and modern technology in his collection, and caught up...
Maya Alvarado prepares for Red Cross charity shop fix

Maya Alvarado prepares for Red Cross charity shop fix

This week, Benchmark’s resident Fixpert, Maya Alvarado, learns about ordering materials in the workshop, prepares wood in the mill and makes the final Red Cross charity shop fix… 06:00: I wake up in Hungerford and get ready for work. 07:00: I start the day in the workshop with Pete showing...
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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...
Designer-maker Kate Colin transforms paper into intricate 3D forms

Designer-maker Kate Colin transforms paper into intricate 3D forms

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 for...
Design for the Real World by Victor Papanek is the next #designbookclub book

Design for the Real World by Victor Papanek is the next #designbookclub book

It’s time for the fourth confessions of a design geek #designbookclub. So far, we’ve read Eden by Tim Smit (you can read the full transcript here), The Craftsman by Richard Sennett (you can read the transcript here), and Design Like You Give A Damn by Architecture for Humanity’s Cameron Sinclair (you can read the full...
interview :: visibility

interview :: visibility

Visibility is a New York based industrial design studio, founded by Joseph Guerra and Sina Sohrab in 2012. I met the design duo at Ambiente Frankfurt at the beginning of last year where their work had been selected as part of the Ambiente Talents showcase of new designers. I finally managed to grab two minutes...
Eva Radulova takes a sympathetic approach to mass produced design

Eva Radulova takes a sympathetic approach to mass produced design

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 for...
interview :: silje nesdal

interview :: silje nesdal

I met Silje Nesdal both in Oslo for the 100% Norway preview and then again at 100% Norway itself during the London Design Festival last year. I immediately loved her style and her approach to design, so this interview has been a long time coming. We talked yellow coats, post-war design and tiny Japanese rulers… What’s...
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...