Tell us about your business.We started Tandem Made two years ago as a response to our dual need to create and work together. Our first project was a custom kitchen- the tear down walls, re-do everything type of project- we were hooked. Here we are two years later and we describe our business as the designers and builders of anything from large public sculptures to dog houses with some furniture in between. We like it that way - it keeps things interesting, keeps our ideas flowing and allows us to have a broad scope of experience to offer clients. We currently split our work between custom products (furniture, sculpture, interiors) and our growing product line. While we love working with clients to solve design problems, as our business evolves, we hope to dedicate more time to bringing products to the retail market and continue to create pieces that are truly Tandem Made.
What makes your business stand out?Tandem Made is about collaboration; between maker and consumer, artist and community, designer and fabricator. We’d like to think that when you work with us, you are in a true collaboration. We love forming relationships with clients and meeting new people. Creating pieces that also solve design and function problems is the most rewarding part of the work that we do. Sometimes its stressful to think that what you do adds more “stuff” to the world. We’ve found that by making thoughtful, high quality, local products that are both beautiful and functional we can scratch our makers itch while helping people live happier, more organized and beautiful lives and in the end coming out with a superior product that will last a lifetime.
What's the best business advice you've received?You have to jump in and do it- if you dwell on the little things, the big things won’t happen. Take risks and believe in yourself. Deliver on time, treat your clients well, make high quality work you are proud of. Be kind, work hard, communicate and be real.
Mark Your Calendar
NominationsJune 3–Aug. 29, 2014
Nominate yourself or other aspiring makers.
JudgingJune 23–Sept. 9, 2014
Judges will select finalists throughout this period.Meet the judges
Online VotingSept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014
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Winners AnnouncedOct. 17, 2014
2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.See past Award Winners
American Made EventNov. 7–8, 2014
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