confessions of a design geek
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 Dezeen, Design Milk, Telegraph and Ideal Home.
Posts tagged "furniture design"
feature :: out of the woods

feature :: out of the woods

Young designer Sebastian Cox creates modern furniture from timber sourced in the UK using a 5,000-year-old technique. ‘I am in love with coppiced hazel,’ says up-and-coming designer Sebastian Cox, winner of a 2011 Wood Award. ‘I sit up at night thinking about it, reading about it and watching TED talks about it. Planing English timber...
interview :: florrie + bill

interview :: florrie + bill

Amy Cawson came across a tatty vintage sofa at her local YMCA. When she replaced the worn-out leather seats with fabric ones, gave the whole thing a little TLC and found someone to buy it, she says she also found her calling. Realising there was a market for her take on restored vintage and retro...
interview :: head & haft

interview :: head & haft

I spotted Head & Haft at Platform during Clerkenwell Design Week and then again at One Year On at New Designers and have been trying to pin founder Chris Thorpe down for an interview ever since, especially as he hails from my home county of Cornwall, and uses materials like found wood and local granite....
out and about :: new designers 2014 part 2

out and about :: new designers 2014 part 2

Last week I wrote about New Designers Part 1, and this week it’s time for Part 2. New Designers is an annual showcase of design graduates’ final projects and I was particularly keen to see the work that had come from the furniture, product, spatial and industrial Design courses. Here is what caught my eye…...
out and about :: cass degree show

out and about :: cass degree show

The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art Architecture and Design, part of London Metropolitan University, or The Cass, as it is more affectionately known, opened its doors to showcase the final projects of its graduating students and I went along to take a look. From left to right, top to bottom, here’s what caught my...
creative spaces :: james uk

creative spaces :: james uk

I bumped into the ever lovely James Harrison at Clerkenwell Design Week and as we got chatting we discovered that I spend two days every week in the building right next door to his studio! So I couldn’t not pop in and have a nose around… He’s based in a shared workspace in London’s Stoke...
out and about :: coppicing with sebastian cox

out and about :: coppicing with sebastian cox

Earlier this year I had the privilege of being invited to go coppicing with furniture designer Sebastian Cox. Coppicing is an ancient method of forest management which involves cutting trees down every seven years – the trees regrow and in fact a well coppiced hazel will never die of old age. A section of the...
design for good :: out of the dark

design for good :: out of the dark

Out of the Dark is a charitable social enterprise that recycles, restores and revamps salvaged furniture as a means to train, educate and employ young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. The incredibly inspiring Jade Blades co-founded Out of the Dark with partner Jay and says, “The young people we work with are living in a throwaway...
interview :: vera & kyte

interview :: vera & kyte

Vera & Kyte is a Bergen-based design studio made up of Vera Kleppe and Åshild Kyte. Together they design furniture, products and interior spaces. They describe themselves as “always seeking new impressions, eager to discover the trigger for our next idea.” It was that endless curiosity that interested me and drove me to find out...
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...
feature :: for the love of leather

feature :: for the love of leather

Man has used leather since prehistoric times, for everything from clothing and shelter to boats and armour. Leather tanning is one of the oldest human activities – early methods using animal fats are mentioned in Assyrian texts and Homer’s Iliad. As the design industry returns to traditional materials and making techniques, it comes as no...
out and about :: stockholm furniture and light fair, 2014

out and about :: stockholm furniture and light fair, 2014

I’ve told you all about Greenhouse, so now it’s time for the Stockholm Furniture Fair itself. It’s one of my favourite shows, always full of fresh new design that you just don’t see anywhere else. I loved the rich, yet typically restrained Scandinavian colour palette on Gubi’s stand. The Ronde Pendant is German designer Oliver Schick’s...