The Made Series: Made by Amanda

THE MADE SERIES
In this final instalment of The Made Series we hero the people behind our tools, responsible for crafting each Tait piece. Here we get to know just a few of the passionate hands your furniture passes through - before it becomes an intrinsic part of your life. With a team of just twenty craftspeople, Tait proudly embraces makers from a diverse range of backgrounds, cultures and genders. The one thing they do hold in common though is an innate (and often multi-generational) love for their craft.

Meet Amanda. Amanda works in Tait’s Assembly & Dispatch department and is responsible for adding the finishing touches to each Tait piece – before making their way to our customers. With a love for mid-century design and sustainability, on weekends Amanda can be found sourcing and restoring mid-century gems she finds at local marketplaces, stripping them back and giving them a new lease-of-life. In what other spare time she has, Amanda can be found DJing at a number of small bars in Melbourne’s inner-North. Knowing some of the makers in the local area, Amanda had always fancied Tait for their timeless design, naturally gravitating toward one day working for the brand. Two years later, Amanda has added immense value to the team, working closely with Tait on a number of quality, organisational and sustainability initiatives.

“We’re the final piece of the puzzle in the Tait factory. When the components arrive to us we immediately conduct thorough quality checks, both visual and tactile. Ensuring there is smooth, even coverage of powder coat, that nothing is catching, and nothing is missing. It’s important to be very vigilant and take your time, running over the piece with a fine-toothed comb and making sure it’s good to go. It’s extremely rare to find a defect which is testament to the quality and workmanship of our craftspeople. Just as important is the quality of how each piece is packaged, ensuring it has a safe journey to its new owner. In the back of my mind I’m always thinking about that wow-factor when the customer sees it for the first time, probably because that’s what I would want.”

“It’s important to be very vigilant and take your time, running over the piece with a fine-toothed comb and making sure it’s good to go. It’s extremely rare to find a defect which is testament to the quality and workmanship of our craftspeople.”

 

“Knowing how important sustainability is to Gordon & Susan (Tait), with my own mindfulness in trying to live more sustainably as well as being at the helm of a lot of the company’s consumables, I’ve loved becoming involved in Tait’s sustainability initiatives. One of the biggest breakthroughs we’ve had recently has been partnering with a soft plastics recycler, which hasn’t been easy to source. I get such a kick from seeing the sheer volume of waste we’ve prevented from entering landfill, and it’s my hope that these systems become the norm in our houses soon too.”

Published 16 March 2021
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