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 "furniture design"
Maya Alvarado learns about the risky, the worthwhile and the possible

Maya Alvarado learns about the risky, the worthwhile and the possible

This week, Benchmark’s resident Fixpert, Maya Alvarado visits the Dingley centre to meet an occupational therapist to get feedback on some of her ideas, and makes Heidi a playing cards tray… 07:00: I wake up in Hungerford and gather my camera, measuring equipment and sketchbook. 07:30: I leave for the Dingley Centre – an early years centre...
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:...
Fixperts resident helps the homeless make things with Benchmark offcuts

Fixperts resident helps the homeless make things with Benchmark offcuts

This week, Benchmark’s resident Fixpert, Maya Alvarado gathers oak offcuts, packs up tools and materials and leads a making workshop for residents at local housing charity Two Saints’ hostel… 06:20: I wake up and ensure that my camera batteries are charged, as today my sister Rhianna will make a film documenting a workshop that I...
Benchmarks' resident Fixpert Maya Alvarado designs 'wearable toothbrushes'

Benchmarks’ resident Fixpert Maya Alvarado designs ‘wearable toothbrushes’

This week, British Furniture Manufacturer Benchmark’s resident Fixpert, Maya Alvarado delivers the second sofa fix to The Dingley Centre, puts up a new coat hook for their staff and designs some alternative toothbrushes… 06:20: I wake up in Hungerford and get my things ready for work. Today I will be investigating ways to make tooth brushing...
interview :: silje nesdal

interview :: silje nesdal

I met Silje Nesdal both in Oslo for the 100% Norway preview and then again at 100% Norway itself during the London Design Festival last year. I immediately loved her style and her approach to design, so this interview has been a long time coming. We talked yellow coats, post-war design and tiny Japanese rulers… What’s...
Team Benchmark go on a canoeing day trip with Heidi and her family

Team Benchmark go on a canoeing day trip with Heidi and her family

This week, Benchmark’s resident Fixpert, Maya Alvarado heads out with Kevin, Mike, Colin and Danny from the Benchmark team on a canoe day with Heidi and her family… 05:30: It’s Saturday. I wake up very early at my parents’ house in North London to make my way back to Berkshire for our canoe day trip...
Michael Carroll's furniture combines metal and wood to ingenious effect

Michael Carroll’s furniture combines metal and wood to ingenious effect

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...
Design PR quits her job to launch ‘Ruthless People’ furniture collection

Design PR quits her job to launch ‘Ruthless People’ furniture collection

Lisa McMillan, formerly of leading design PR agency Camron, has turned her back on a career in public relations to launch a six-piece furniture collection, entitled Ruthless People. The collection, which comprises a dining table, a stool, two mirrors, a side table and a floor light, is made from mild steel frames formed from just...
Maya Alvarado adapts a sofa to make it safer for children with special needs

Maya Alvarado adapts a sofa to make it safer for children with special needs

This week, Benchmark’s resident Fixpert, Maya Alvarado visits The Dingley Early Years Centre, finds some seats to fix and starts the refurbishment of a small sofa… 06:20: I wake up and get ready for work. Today I’m looking forward to visiting the Dingley Centre, a specialist early years centre for children with additional needs and...
Maya Alvarado meets a new Fix Partner and prototypes paddles

Maya Alvarado meets a new Fix Partner and prototypes paddles

This week, Benchmark‘s resident Fixpert, Maya Alvarado visits Fix Partner Anne at the Red Cross Charity Shop, seeks out potential fixes and makes paddle prototypes for canoe trip with Heidi… 07:30: I wake up and get ready to go and meet my new Fix Partner Anne who manages the Red Cross Charity Shop in Hungerford....
Students at Aalto University create 14 different chairs from blackened ash

Students at Aalto University create 14 different chairs from blackened ash

14 Product and Spatial Design Masters students at Finland’s Aalto University School of Arts, Design, and Architecture each responded to the brief for a café chair to be made from the same material – blackened ash – resulting in 14 different prototypes. Kuu by Mette Kahlos The chairs are all made of solid ash, which...
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...