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.
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St Ives garden shows Barbara Hepworth sculptures as the artist intended

St Ives garden shows Barbara Hepworth sculptures as the artist intended

Barbara Hepworth, Two Forms (Divided Circle) 1969 , Bronze, 237.5 x 233.7 x 54 cm, Tate, ©Bowness, Photo: ©Tate, Marcus Leith If you missed the Barbara Hepworth retrospective at the Tate Britain, maybe it’s time to head South West and check out her Sculpture Garden in St Ives. The Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden in the...
confessions of a design geek launches Design Book Club

confessions of a design geek launches Design Book Club

I am a member of a book club, a fairly geeky literary fiction book club, and one of the things I love about it is that it makes me read more regularly – it also makes me read books I almost certainly wouldn’t have read otherwise – I learn something every time. We meet monthly, and...
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...
pinterest :: metal

pinterest :: metal

It’s strange how over the last few years warm metallics have gone from being an absolute no-no to something no interior seems complete without. It started in Scandinavia where the warmth of copper, brass and gold offered little twinkling moments in long, cold, dark winters, so it’s no surprise that the trend has caught on in...
pinterest :: glass

pinterest :: glass

I really want to have a go at glassblowing. There is something so magical about watching something so solid and brittle become molten and pliable and watching it shaped in the hands – or more correctly, with the mouths – of master craftspeople. It’s a material I am absolutely fascinated by. Until I get round...
pinterest :: wood

pinterest :: wood

What is it about wood? It seems to appeal to something deep within us. I recently interviewed East London institution ‘Barn the spoon’ – a man who makes his living from carving and selling wooden spoons – and he said, “making stuff out of wood with axes and knives is in our blood,” and I...
interview :: feist forest

interview :: feist forest

Feist Forest is based in an “old tin tabernacle” in Devon and launched just six weeks ago. They make wooden work tables for “the vagabonds, dreamers and makers who courageously make great ideas happen.” With a pitch like that, how could I not feature them on the blog? I spoke to founder Vicki Turner to...
pinterest :: grey

pinterest :: grey

Grey is my favourite colour. It is the colour of concrete, and brutalism, and nerdy things to love. It can be a safe colour, but it can also be rich, warm and exciting. My current top tip is combining it with wood or tiny touches of warm metallics like gold and copper – that really...
pinterest :: white

pinterest :: white

I find white incredibly calming. Given that I’m surrounded by colour and pattern all day, it’s perhaps no surprise that my bedroom is, and always has been, all white. But even all-white schemes need a little something – lots of different textures and perhaps even a tiny hint of grey or black – to stop...
pinterest :: black

pinterest :: black

So, we’re out of proper colours and onto “the absence of light.” This is actually a board that Pinterest asked me to create for Halloween last year, and one of the triggers for the idea of arranging boards by colour. I have a couple of rooms in my house painted really dark grey, but I’m...
pinterest :: pink

pinterest :: pink

I’m not sure how I feel about pink. I have a (perhaps slightly annoying!) habit of asking the designers I interview what their favourite colour is. When I asked Ilse Crawford, she replied, “When I grew up there were girls who liked pink and I wasn’t one of them,” which pretty much sums up how...
pinterest :: blue

pinterest :: blue

Blue is one of my favourite colours and this Pinterest board has been going much longer than I’ve been organising my boards by colour. I love the sea, I love the sky, I love deep blue ink – I think blue just conjures up so many lovely memories and emotions. My guest bedroom is decorated...