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 "Cornwall"
Studio Haran champions sustainable design

Studio Haran champions sustainable 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...
interview :: studio haran

interview :: studio haran

I met husband and wife team Studio Haran on my travels during confessions of a design geek’s Cornish Design Season at the end of last year. Falmouth University graduates Joel and Helena design and make sustainable furniture and lighting from their farm courtyard workshop. They work with FSC graded timber – Cornish where possible – and...
interview :: stranger collective

interview :: stranger collective

  I have long been inspired by the work of ‘creative content studio’ Stranger Collective, headed up by my very talented sister Clare Howdle and her business partner Helen Gilchrist. Having worked with them on a few projects, I have frequently been impressed by their creativity and energy. They put this down to something they...
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 :: 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...
photos of numbers :: 2, 2378 & 7654321

photos of numbers :: 2, 2378 & 7654321

I’ve been writing this column for quite some time now, a celebration both of typography in all its guises and of the fact that inspiration can sneak up on you absolutely anywhere if you stay open to it. I can remember being super-nervous to launch something quite so geeky, but the response has been overwhelming,...
photos of numbers :: 324, 202 & SS268

photos of numbers :: 324, 202 & SS268

I might have been on a complete break in Cornwall, but I couldn’t resist snapping a few numbers while I was there. The 324 was on the side of a boat in a tiny fishing village on The Lizard called Cadgwith Cove. The 202 on a pebble is a table number in the grounds of...
out and about :: cornish inspiration

out and about :: cornish inspiration

Carl Jung proposed that anything taken to extreme becomes its opposite. When you do what you love for a living, the temptation is to work really hard and to work all the time. The danger is, that taken to extreme, the thing you love can become a thing you hate. I don’t ever want this...
design for good :: bee blocks

design for good :: bee blocks

I love Cornish design studio Green and Blue‘s bee blocks, launched at Home London in January and designed and handmade in the UK. Designer Gavin Christman says, “Inspired by solitary bees’ use of holes in old walls for laying their eggs, we’ve created a safe year-round nesting site that can be positioned anywhere in the...
photos of numbers :: 8, 28 & 49

photos of numbers :: 8, 28 & 49

More photos of numbers spotted on my recent trip to Cornwall… I love the underlined “no” in the top one and the sea styling on the middle one. The bottom one was on the window of an art gallery in St Ives. Have a lovely weekend all! x
photos of numbers :: 5,5 & 2

photos of numbers :: 5,5 & 2

So, despite the fact I was supposed to be taking a complete break in Cornwall, I couldn’t help but snap a few photos of numbers! Here are the first three. First up, another fox door knocker on a grey door! (If I start a tumblr of fox door knockers on grey doors, will somebody please...
out and about :: cornwall

out and about :: cornwall

After a pretty hectic couple of months that included the preview of BRINK, publishing a 60 page review of the London Design Festival, making two films – one about Tent London and one about designjunction and everything else that LDF had to offer, followed in quick succession by a trip to Eindhoven for Dutch Design Week, I was due a holiday. And not just...