TAIT Design Co. Studio Tour

PHOTO CREDIT: Matthew Tait

PHOTO CREDIT: Matthew Tait

The TAIT Design Co. studio is located in the Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood of Detroit. Our space is inside POST, a beautiful old building that has gone through many lives. It was originally a post office (inspiring its current name!), then a Baptist church, and now it’s a co-working space for creative businesses with a store in the front. With its original terrazzo floors and huge windows, we feel incredibly fortunate to have our studio here.

We found the space through our good friends Wayne and Clare, who own the woodworking and custom furniture company Mutual Adoration. Back in 2016 they were looking for studio-mates to move with into this building. At the time, they had won a Motor City Match grant to renovate the space and add a storefront (Clare’s lifelong dream!).

We felt incredibly fortunate that they thought to ask us, because we were in need of a larger space too. The timing was perfect, and we all moved in together. Here’s what the space looked like on our first day:

Our studio space on Day 1, before any renovations.

Our studio space on Day 1, before any renovations.

The rest of the building on move-in day.

The rest of the building on move-in day.

In the time between then and now, we’ve completely transformed the space. Wayne and Matt built walls for each studio, took the wood off the windows, and everyone pitched in cleaning, decorating, and organizing the space. Wayne and Clare transformed the front into a lovely storefront, POST, that carries over 100 Michigan-based artist’s work, and our screenprinting friends Melissa Detloff of Hooray Forever and Shayla Johnson of Scarlet Crane Creations moved in too.

We originally had about 500 square feet of space here, but quickly outgrew it. In 2018, to keep up with product demand, we expanded and effectively doubled our studio. Now, our space is split into two main areas. The front is our office space, where we shoot our product photos, have team meetings, and run all aspects of our business. We keep an inspiration board of what we’re currently working on here as well, and are surrounded by plants from our friends over at Bloomscape.

PHOTO CREDIT: Matthew Tait

PHOTO CREDIT: Matthew Tait

The back is where all of our prototyping happens – this is where we bring new ideas to life! We have a laser cutter, a CNC router, screen-printing equipment, and share a full wood shop with Mutual Adoration. This equipment gives us the unique ability to manufacture highly polished product prototypes from start to finish. While many design companies rely completely upon 3D models to draft their products, we iterate dozens of physical versions of our products, testing and refining along the way. It’s incredibly important to us to make the first version of any of our products here ourselves, ensuring that the entire design is just right, before outsourcing any of its components to one of our US-based vendors. 

This area of our studio is also where many of our products are assembled, before they head off to our fulfillment center. This last production stage can include packaging, assembly, final quality control check, and shrink wrapping.

We love our space in POST and the creative community we’ve become a part of. The building is bustling with shoppers and artists, and it’s a truly special place. If you’d like to come check it out, the shop is open W-F 12-7pm and Sat 10-5. Wayne and Clare run workshops here too! You can come and learn everything from embroidery to woodworking — check out the schedule here!

If you’re interested in seeing our space in particular, we’d be happy to have you! We often have student groups or creative businesses come in to learn more about our work. Write in to contact@taitdesignco.com, and we’ll see if we can set something up.

If you have any questions about our studio space, feel free to write to us anytime at contact@taitdesignco.com.

Thanks for reading!
Audrey / Co-Founder


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