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"
Maya Alvarado creates a new shelving system for local charity shop

Maya Alvarado creates a new shelving system for local charity shop

This week, Benchmark’s resident Fixpert, Maya Alvarado teams up with Benchmark’s cabinetmaker Max to fit the Red Cross fix, they bring pre-fabricated parts on site and prepare the new storage system ready for use… 09:00: It is Saturday morning, having collected the materials and tools from Benchmark’s workshop, Max and I arrive for opening time at...
Charles Dedman's reinvents traditional crafts with modern techniques

Charles Dedman’s reinvents traditional crafts with modern techniques

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...
Maya Alvarado prototypes new paddles

Maya Alvarado prototypes new paddles

This week, Benchmark’s resident Fixpert, Maya Alvarado develops the team’s collaborative paddle project for Heidi with Mike, builds new prototypes for the Canadian canoe adventure and begins a batch of resonance boards… 06:00: I wake up in Hungerford, and begin my day by researching existing paddles. Today I will prepare some different versions for Heidi...
Maya Alvarado runs fixing workshop for Two Saints

Maya Alvarado runs fixing workshop for Two Saints

This week, Benchmark’s resident Fixpert, Maya Alvarado tests out a new handle for Sean Sutcliffe’s portable samples case, collects scrap material and charity shop finds, and leads the second workshop for local homeless charity Two Saints. 06:00: I wake up in Hungerford and get ready for work. I pack some paper and fun tape for...
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 :: marlene huissoud

interview :: marlene huissoud

This is the latest in a series of interviews with one of the 70 designers identified by the Design Council as Ones to Watch. As we start to consider whether insects will become the food source of the future, bee-keeper’s daughter Marlene Huissoud goes one step further. In her ‘From Insects’ project, she uses by-products from the honeybee and the Indian silkworm to make vessels...
interview :: todd bracher

interview :: todd bracher

I met American industrial designer Todd Bracher during Clerkenwell Design Week earlier this year. He was in town to promote his Trea Chair for Humanscale – designed for a younger more mobile workforce and inspired by exoskeleton of a lobster. “An exoskeleton moves in harmony with the living organism it protects,” he said. “By following the...
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...
out and about :: 2015 graduate shows

out and about :: 2015 graduate shows

Graduate show season has drawn to a close, so I thought I’d share some of the most inspiring projects I’ve seen this year. I visited Plymouth College of Art (where I spotted, among other things, Melanie Wood’s neon carpet concept above), the Royal College of Art, Central Saint Martin’s, New Designers and New Designers One...
interview :: made by michael

interview :: made by michael

I discovered Michael Daae Christensen’s work at Northmodern in Copenhagen at the beginning of this year, and then met him in person at the Stockholm Furniture Fair in February. Despite still being a student at Denmark’s TEKO, (part of VIA University College), he has already established his own studio, Made by Michael, and has work in production....
interview :: nordvink

interview :: nordvink

I met Sanna and Anne of Danish design studio Nordvink at Northmodern in Copenhagen at the beginning of this year and was immediately captivated by their simple yet functional approach to design. Six months later, I finally pinned them down to find out more about how they work… What’s the most important thing to know about...
interview :: richard hardy

interview :: richard hardy

I met Richard Hardy at Clerkenwell Design Week and was immediately impressed with his playful approach to sustainable design, pairing ‘waney-edges’ with bright primary colours to create responsible furniture with mass appeal. I couldn’t wait to find out more about what makes him tick… What’s the most important thing to know about you? I’ve done a...