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We are TAIT Design Co., an independent product design studio in Detroit, MI. Founded in 2013 by Matthew Tait, we are a studio that specializes in creating objects that foster genuine human connections and encourage lifelong learning. Our mission is to create beautiful products that bring people together through play. To promote this belief, we create useful, interactive products for your home, workspace, and life.
We make toys that help people of all ages develop mentally and socially, and home décor that’s thoughtful and timeless. In everything we do, we strive to create work that is beautiful, simple, and clever. We love what we do and enjoy passionately debating every detail. At our core, we create locally sourced and manufactured products that are an ode to the beauty of everyday life.
MATT TAIT | FOUNDER & LEAD PRODUCT DESIGNER
Our founder, Matt Tait, went to school to become a graphic designer, but he always had a love for industrial design and engineering. In 2013, he started TAIT Design Co. as a side project while working his day job as an Associate Creative Director in advertising.
The first product he designed was the Turbo Flyer – our now classic balsa model airplane kit. He screen printed them in his basement studio at night, assembled each one, and launched them on this site. The Turbo Flyer later went on that year to be featured in a show of the 33 best-designed products of 2013 at the AIGA National Gallery in New York.
TAIT Design Co. has come pretty far from the humble beginnings of that basement – winning awards, and having work featured in numerous online and physical publications. In the fall of 2015, Matt left his advertising job with over 8 years of experience to pursue "the side project" full time.
AUDREY ELKUS | CO-FOUNDER
Our co-founder, Audrey Elkus, graduated from Wellesley College in 2017, where she studied art, computer science, and economics. She originally started working at TAIT Design Co. in the summer of 2015 as an associate product designer, and has a life-long love of beautiful, functional objects.
The first project she worked on at TAIT was the packaging for our Precision Mobile, which went on to win a Dieline Packaging award. Since then she has played a key role in the design and art direction of new products, planned short and long term business strategies, and generally helps keep the business organized and moving forward.
As co-founder, her role includes overseeing our finances, art directing and helping design new products, and keeping up with all of our communications and partnerships. Her favorite part of all of this is watching new ideas come to life and seeing how happy people are when they receive something from TAIT.