Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Wow, what a fantastic show!  Thank you to the designers, sponsors, supporters and friends who worked so hard to put this event together- We couldn't have done it without you!

While it's hard to believe that it's been over a month since the show, we're still reeling with excitement over the event. If you were able to attend, THANK YOU, if you purchased a piece of art, THANK YOU, if you enjoyed yourself and look forward to future events, THANK YOU!

Please check out these photos by our wonderful photographer Jennie Schuette! 

Thank you Jennie and to everyone who came out to support and celebrate local design.  


If you choose to use any of these photographs, don't forget to credit Jennie Schuette! 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Live Edge Table

   This table is part of my upcoming show  - GUERILLA BY DESIGN  - Aug. 10 - 12, 2012   - for more information see here  - http://guerillabydesign.blogspot.com/

This low table is made of Spalted Dutch Elm wood, with three chunky steel legs. It is intended to be a dining table for asain-style seating, and for the show will be shown with zabuton - traditional Japanese floor-seating cushions. However, it is the height of a low coffee table, and could function as such.

Below are some process shots of the piece being roughed out, and the cracks are being filled with a two-part epoxy dyed black. To see the final piece... COME TO THE SHOW!!!


Saturday, August 4, 2012

Here are some of our pieces that we sent off to the powder coater, no plan B.

Getting excited.

Here is a detail shot from one of our early prototypes.  To see what it evolved into come see the show.

Monday, July 30, 2012

The Chairs, process images

SOLV is doing three chairs for the show.
Evans, a bent birch plywood chair with a natural finish. http://www.solvstudio.com/evans1.html
H Lounge, a mono shell suspended above a steel base. Showing two versions, one upholstered in gray industrial felt with orange CND embroidered flowers. The other is in Zimmer & Rohde heathered brown Austrian wool.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Monday, July 23, 2012

Tandem Made's laser cutting files for our rocking chair.  Let the experiment continue!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Saturday, July 21, 2012

In The Garage...

I originally posted this on my personal blog (garrettglaser.tumblr.com), but thought it might be appropriate here:

I work every day in a fully equipped wood shop. We have fancy tools like an X/Y Mortiser and a 43” wide belt sander. I also have my own space with my table saw and a band saw and a big workbench to work on. I can go to either of these shops at any time, but for the last few weeks I have been spending every night until 1 or 1:30 in the morning in my garage working on my newest pieces.
It is hot in there (Really hot. Especially before I figured out it was a bad idea for Lucci to park in there when she got home; a car that has just been on the freeway is an incredible heater), there are a billion mosquitoes (In case you were curious, those bug bracelets do not work. One on each ankle and my legs look like i have smallpox), and it is a very awkward set-up.
I have a very young son, and he goes to bed at about 7:30, but he never falls asleep until at least 8:30, and if he is really into talking to himself it will be even later. I could give him his night-night bottle and read books with him then run off to a shop that has good lighting and all the clamps I could ever need, but I can’t do it. I feel so much better knowing I am only fifteen seconds away if there is a meltdown. There almost never is, and Lucci is home anyway, but I feel this magnetic pull.
All day at work I feel it, I want to ditch early and get him from day care and build castles out of blocks with him and help him try to fit inside them (he is not very clear on scale, yet). I feel so much better just being in proximity with him, and listening to him babble on the monitor, saying “mommy-daddy. nightnight. h-i-j- happy happy-o. boat? fun! boat? row row. baby ana woobee! baldie? night night.”
He thinks the benches I am working on are playhouses. He climbs on them and says “daddy playhouse. tools! mo tools?” He put screws in all the holes for the woven backs he could reach and was so proud of himself for helping.
I am so very tired. I haven’t missed this much sleep since he was 9 months old or so, but I am also so very happy. I am making my own things again, and I can do it close enough to run in and check that his air conditioner isn’t freezing him and to have a pudding pop with Lucci to cool down. It makes me so badly want a shop on the same property as my home and my house does look like it should have a carriage house…

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tandem Made is working hard on a few new and exciting projects for the show.  Without giving too much away... here's a sneak peak at our process mock-ups for testing size, ergonomics and movement.   Wall mounted moveable light and a rocking chair.  Fun time at the studio.  We look forward to sharing the final pieces with you soon!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

A few moments captured from our most recent meeting.  Fleshing out the details and inspiring each other- that's what this group show is all about!  

We're just 1 month away now!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Just a couple of process shots of but one of the pieces I will be making for the show. A bit of a learning curve for me as it features tapered sliding dovetails at all of the joint intersections to accommodate the nature of wood. All went well as you can see, due to those sliding dovetails the entire carcass holds itself together without the aid of glues or fasteners, and will be able to expand and contract with seasonal moisture changes (unlike the piece of junk you bought at that big box store that disintegrated cause your dog peed on it [true personal experience]).
I do these types of things in my furniture construction not only for the sport of it but because it serves a time tested purpose in furniture construction. It is my belief that contemporary design doesn't have to mean compromising craft. The beauty of modern tools however is that it need not be a slow, painstaking process of hand working everything as it once was. 

Sunday, June 10, 2012


My designs for the show are inspired by industrial architectural elements found in Minneapolis Warehouse District near the Mississippi River like timber frame posts, metal fire doors on top rolling tracks, and metal trestle bridges.  I am trying to incorporate these industrial elements and a raw material aesthetic to a series of furniture including side tables, lighting and seating.  Below is an idea board featuring some of these inspirational elements and some metal finishes I am considering.

Above is a pulley that I am using to build a light fixture. 
I just need to find the perfect counter weight.

-Maya Khaira

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Exploded plan drawing of sideboard. 
Materials are ordered so I should have some 
early production images to post soon!!

Friday, May 25, 2012


Here is the digital version of the Guerilla By Design poster designed 
and printed by Jasio Stefanski for the show August 10-12.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Prince Albert Hall...

Just a few of the 456 mortises that will be in my two pieces:
I was trying to keep it simple, I promise.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Welcome to Guerilla by Design

What would happen if 15 furniture designers invaded your home and replaced all your belongings with furniture designed specifically for your space?

Guerilla By Design is an ambush style furniture exhibition trying to answer that question. An urban residential space will be re-imagined and re-furnished with furniture from Minneapolis designers.

The Guerilla Designers’ goal is to highlight the rich design culture present in Minneapolis/St. Paul, and prove great design doesn’t just happen in London, New York, and Milan. Guerilla Designers’ mission: Take furniture design out of the gallery and put it into the context of a living space making it less intimidating, and accessible to everyone.

The Guerilla Designers:
     -Live in Minneapolis / St. Paul
     -Love Furniture
     -Believe high design is for everyone

Our first show will be in August 2012. Stay tuned for blog posts from each of the designers involved as well as process photos, commentary and critique.