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, Dezeen, Design Milk, the Telegraph and Ideal Home.
Posts tagged "craft"
The new minimalism

The new minimalism

A carved wooden bowl, a cup designed to highlight the flavour of tea, a hand-woven throw… As the rise of digital means we need less ‘stuff,’ the objects we chose to let into our homes hold more meaning than ever. CDs, DVDs, stereos, alarm clocks, calendars, desktop computers, landline telephones, even books – the list...
feature :: makers of east london

feature :: makers of east london

My second book, Makers of East London, is out in just a few weeks. To whet your appetite, I thought I’d share my introduction with you here. The whirr of machinery is almost deafening as Daniel Harris wends his way through the collection of antique looms, warping mills and pern winders he has brought back...
I've written a book!

I’ve written a book!

I am absolutely delighted to finally be able to reveal that I’ve written my second book! Makers of East London tells the stories of 27 people who are making things from spoons to shoes, bells to bikes and chairs to chopping boards, in the heart of the capital, with stunning photography by the very talented Charlotte...
out and about :: weathering

out and about :: weathering

One of the highlights of Tent London at this year’s London Design Festival was Weathering, a curation by the Crafts Council of Ireland showcasing new work from contemporary Irish designers and craftspeople. It was a real treat to see Joe Hogan weaving baskets live at the show – he’s been making them this way at...
out and about :: total fabrication, LDF14

out and about :: total fabrication, LDF14

With a wide remit of “craft and design” and over 100 makers in the building, curating Craft Central‘s annual show for the London Design Festival must be a tough job, but every year they find a way to create a different perspective on craft. This year Total Fabrication is “an interactive exhibition of contemporary design...
design for good :: shake the dust

design for good :: shake the dust

Named after a rousing poem by Anis Mojgani, Shake the Dust is a social enterprise founded by Kathy Shenoy in late 2012 after she spent three years living in Africa, working on craft and design projects. Shake The Dust creates collaborations and opportunities for emerging British designers and skilled makers in developing countries – through...
interview :: the new craftsmen

interview :: the new craftsmen

I’ve been talking a lot about the Danish concept of Hygge lately and about how this year I want to slow down and enjoy what Christmas is really about, which for me is being grateful for what I’ve got and sharing good food and good times with the people I love. So far I’ve talked...
interview :: stitch by stitch

interview :: stitch by stitch

I met Karen, one half of Stitch by Stitch, via twitter when I was putting together my Design for Good panel for Clerkenwell Design Week. By that point, I’d already found Kathy of Shake the Dust to talk about using producers in the developing world, but Karen’s story captured my imagination, so I wanted to...
out and about :: craftica

out and about :: craftica

I am usually pretty cynical when it comes to big brands trying to ‘engage with a design audience,’ particularly when those brands fall outside of my, admittedly fairly arbitrary, definition of design. (Furniture design and product design in, for example, fashion design and automotive design out. I did say it was arbitrary – I have never won...
interview :: kirstie allsopp

interview :: kirstie allsopp

Kirstie Allsopp seems to divide people into two camps… well, I am a huge fan and proud to say so. I absolutely love her! I love her honesty and the fact she has the courage of her convictions – and I think what’s she’s doing for British craft through shows like Kirstie’s Home Made Home is really...
out and about :: origin

out and about :: origin

I was so happy that I made it to Origin this year, having missed it last year. Focused on contemporary craft, it’s got a slightly different vibe from other shows at the London Design Festival and features a wonderful array of everything from understated craftsmanship to the positively quirky. Here are my favourites… I’m a big fan...
creative spaces :: allan manham

creative spaces :: allan manham

Allan Manham's pots have a wonderful organic quality that drew me to them from the first time I saw them. So you can imagine how excited I was when Allan agreed to show me around his studio.