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.
Posts tagged "art"
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 the opportunity to find inspiration...
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 know about you? I’m a...
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....
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 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:...
out and about :: art house, designblok

out and about :: art house, designblok

The third exhibition at Prague’s Designblok was held within the baroque Colloredo Mansfeld Palace, as part of the festival’s remit of opening interesting buildings to the public – the image above is a close-up of the huge wooden doors that marks its boundary. The exhibition was called Art House, a reference to the work inside...
out and about :: montpellier chapter

out and about :: montpellier chapter

When I went to Cheltenham to visit Maggie’s, The Montpellier Chapter Hotel kindly offered me a complimentary night’s stay. It’s a beautifully designed hotel with an interior that name checks everyone from Eames to Adler. But what really caught my attention was the art. Even the reception desk is a sculpture (by Alison Crowther), and sits in...
creative spaces :: wimbledon art studios

creative spaces :: wimbledon art studios

For the latest in my series of creative spaces features, artist Fiona Brown very kindly invited me along to see her space at Wimbledon Art Studios and suggested I time my visit to coincide with Open Studios weekend so I could also get a look those of her fellow artists.
creative spaces :: ian lettice

creative spaces :: ian lettice

Ian first noticed the building that is now his studio when helping out with the local scouts. Once a bomb shelter to the factory building that is now the scout hut, its door hadn't been opened for 20 years.
out and about :: wandworth artists' open house

out and about :: wandworth artists' open house

All in all a fabulous day out, which showcased just how much talent there is in Putney. It's just a shame we only get to see it all once a year.
out and about :: the new decor

out and about :: the new decor

There were two pieces at The New Decor that really stood out as examples of how an artist's mindset applied to design can create something truly magical.
thinking about :: putney school of art and design

thinking about :: putney school of art and design

It is a great honour to join this group of people, who gave their time and energy freely, and stood up for what they believed in - to ensure there was an art school there when I needed it; and they still do those things now. I sincerely hope their ongoing work, and my contribution,...