MINI Q&A | Tait x Adam Goodrum

World-renowned for his design innovation and distinct Australian aesthetic, we recently sat down with our friend and frequent collaborator, the very talented Adam Goodrum to share more about our Voom collection.

Working with Tait, Goodrum has designed the iconic Volley, Scape and Trace collections, the Element fire pit, the new Swing chair and our recently released Voom collection.

Unique both in design and materials, Voom has been created to withstand harsh Australian conditions indoors and out with groupings of loungers and ottomans creating new sofa and sunlounge forms.

Continue reading our mini Q&A with Industrial Design extraordinaire, Adam Goodrum...

Voom Lounger, Voom Ottoman, Voom Side Table and Voom Round Coffee Table. Image by Derek Swalwell, styling by Jess Kneebone.

The Voom collection doesn’t feel like traditional outdoor furniture. Why do you think that is?


The versatility and modularity of Voom is a departure from existing collections within the Tait range. With pieces designed to stand alone as a single armchair, and multiples creating different lengths and arrangements to suit diverse outdoor spaces.

Material selection was very important in the process of creating the Voom collection. The upholstery needed to be high performance to withstand our harsh Australian conditions – resistant to UV, saltwater, and chlorinated water, as well as non-allergenic and resistant to mildew and bacteria. The Tait team opted to use the new Mokum Sole Boucle and Elba fabrics to form the initial collection which is perfect for the Voom language.

Using solution dyed boucle yarns and solution dyed olefin which are suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications, the upholstery brings luxurious textures indoors and outdoors, with their hues reflecting the vast Australian landscape.

IDEA Awards.


What other materials went into this design? 


Aluminium was a natural choice for the Voom collection, with its robustness, and recyclable content. In its unupholstered form, Voom sits in the garden as both a functional sofa and sunlounge, and a sculptural object, where beautiful light and shadow fall on the sheet metal’s opposing planes.

There are details that set the piece apart and ensure it’s suitable for outdoor environments including reticulated foam in each pocket of the upholstery, polypropylene feet and a 3D printed toggle to secure it to the frame. It’s these details that really showcase how Tait’s manufacturing processes are considered from end to end to create tactile and lasting pieces.

Voom Lounger and Voom Side Table. Image by Derek Swalwell, styling by Jess Kneebone.

These shapes are a bit nostalgic – even retro – what was the thinking behind these forms when you were designing? 

The pieces certainly mirror the casual functionality and aesthetic of 60’s and 70’s Australia. When the cushion is attached, the roll design has a retro language to contrast with the linear sheet metal and provides a relaxed comfort through the material selected.

I endeavour to design pieces with a simple, friendly aesthetic, that are both comfortable and structurally robust – pieces that should last a lifetime.

What’s your favourite piece in the range? 

It would have to be the Voom Lounger. I’ve already put in my order.

Published 30 January 2024

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