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.
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Design Like You Give A Damn is the next #designbookclub

Design Like You Give A Damn is the next #designbookclub

It’s time for the third monthly confessions of a design geek #designbookclub, and we’re really starting to get into the swing of it. So far, we’ve read Eden by Tim Smit (you can read the full transcript here) and The Craftsman by Richard Sennett (you can read the transcript here). This month we’re reading Design...
interview :: thomas savage

interview :: thomas savage

This is the latest in a series of interviews with designers identified by the Design Council as the rising stars of the future – the so-called ‘Ones to Watch‘. Thomas Savage‘s ‘In Praise Of Nests & Other Things’ is a collection of towers designed to sit along shoreline of Blyth, Northumberland. “The nine-storey hostel towers comprise steel scaffolding and concrete cabins,...
Daniel Durnin’s Waterbed provides floating accommodation for London’s tourists

Daniel Durnin’s Waterbed provides floating accommodation for London’s tourists

RCA graduate Daniel Durnin has designed a boat that allows visitors to the capital to ‘camp’ on its canals and rivers. The wooden-framed boat features two bicycle-style wheels at the back and a smaller wheel at the bow to enable easy manoeuvring on land. A canvas cover reflects the tents from which the design draws...
interview :: emma thomas

interview :: emma thomas

This is my fourth interview with young designers identified by the Design Council as Ones to Watch. Emma Thomas’ housing designs for 24-hour-care and supported-living put a focus on circulation spaces, giving their autistic residents the opportunity to observe social situations without having to engage, and include threshold spaces and places for chance encounters and...
explore :: prague

explore :: prague

I have just got back from Designblok in Prague, which I was covering for Fiera Magazine, and will also be writing about in up-coming “out and about” posts here. In amongst the whirlwind of new design I did manage to squeeze in a little bit of time to explore the city… Here’s a few of things...
interview :: oscar francis

interview :: oscar francis

I discovered new surface pattern design brand Oscar Francis at Home London during the London Design Festival and was immediately captivated by both her colour palette and her architectural inspirations – her products even come in a cardboard tube just like architectural drawings do. I chatted with founder Sarah to find out more… When you were five years...
interview :: ptolemy mann

interview :: ptolemy mann

Textile designer and colour artist Ptolemy Mann joined forces with Johnson Tiles to create the rainbow of tiles that welcomed visitors to the Farmiloe Buidling during Clerkenwell Design Week last week. I caught up with her to find out more about her love of colour… What’s the most important thing to know about you? Colour....
interview :: a future perfect

interview :: a future perfect

I spotted “The Concrete Cities: Athens (Fragments)” by A Future Perfect at the Stockholm Furniture Fair in February, and again at Ventura Lambrate in Milan, and loved the use of concrete as well as such a simple and graphical way of representing a city. I pinned down designers Katerina Grigoropoulou and Evi Sougara to find...
out and about :: designs of the year

out and about :: designs of the year

The Designs of the Year exhibition at the Design Museum is one of the highlights of my year. Now in its seventh year, it showcases all the nominations for the Design of Year awards and includes architecture, digital, fashion, furniture, graphic, product and transport design from around the world. I love seeing things there that...
interview :: gamfratesi

interview :: gamfratesi

Guests of honour at this year’s Stockholm Furniture Fair were GamFratesi aka Danish architect Stine Gam and Italian architect Enrico Fratesi. I was lucky enough to bag an interview with them in the installation they created for the show… Are you enjoying the show so far? Enrico: Now is the best moment. It has been...
creative spaces :: studio aalto

creative spaces :: studio aalto

My last creative spaces post was about Aalto House, where Finnish architect Alvar Aalto lived from 1935 until 1976 and worked from 1935 until 1956. As promised, this is the follow up post on the space he moved to in 1956, which I was also lucky enough to visit while I was in Helsinki in...
interview :: kristina dam

interview :: kristina dam

I met Kristina Dam at Home London and again a week later at Maison et Objet in Paris. I was really struck by her work – it’s refreshing to see someone doing something really different in surface pattern design and to see Kristina’s graphic design and architectural background coming across so strongly in all the...