AECB Member Services : Tandem

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Principal Contact Jonathan Wright
Address 26 Rectory Road Stoke Plymouth Devon PL1 5QA England
Phone 01752295227

Legal Details

Date established 2005
Legal status Sole Trader
Insurance Professional indemnity - £250,000 Public and Products liablity - £5,000,000
Membership of Professional Bodies BA(Hons) Architecture. Member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen
Number of People in the business 2-5

Profile : Tandem

Business Sector

Interior design

Business description

Tandem is an innovative design company creating complete environments which are well designed, enjoyable to use and environmentally conscious. Tandem offers a comprehensive service from the design and project management of interior and architectural commissions through to the design of furniture and fittings. We believe strongly in creative and practical solutions that maximise the potential of interior and exterior spaces and in adding value through good and sustainable design.


Interior Designer / Specifier

Main business activities

  • Architectural and interior design
  • Design for out door living
  • Fitted furniture design and manufacture
  • Furniture products
  • Exhibition Design

Scope of Work

architectural and interior projects up to £250,000
furniture comissions up to £50,000


Company philosophy

Tandem aims to create innovative and personalised environments and furniture which are both contemporary and environmentally conscious.

Materials Sourcing

Tandem design and manufacture a range of furniture products as well as undertake one-off commissions. For the solid wood furniture we specify local FSC hardwoods which are finished in the Osmo range of finishes which are non-toxic and vegetable oil based.

The range of plywood furniture uses FSC or PEFC birch plywood which is machined using the latest CNC technology for speed and accuracy. All the furniture is designed to last a long time with no composite construction allowing the materials to be separated for reuse, recycling or disposal as non toxic biodegradeable waste. Focussing on locally produced wooden furniture that is sold predominantly in the South West minimises the embodied energy in the products and is ethically sound (not exploiting developing countries to produce goods for the West)

Energy Efficiency

We undertake interior design work of an architectural nature, generally reconfiguring existing spaces to maximise their potential and to respond to changing lifestyles. We advise on upgrading thermal insulation and give clients basic information on renewable energy technologies. We specify A-rated condensing boilers low flush wc's, low energy lighting and appliances. All timber based products are specified as FSC or PEFC. We aim to undertake commissions that are as local as possible for an improved quality of life and to reduce our use of the car.

Reducing the environmental footprint of the business

The studio is in a converted corner shop where we also live. The building has been fully refurbished by ourselves. The majority of the solid external walls have been dry lined with insulated plasterboard. Low energy light bulbs and fittings have been used throughout and our boiler has been upgraded to a top of the range A rated condensing boiler. Low flush mechanisms have been fitted to both our WC's

The furniture workshop is based near Gunnislake and is easily commutable by train and bike from Plymouth. The space is fully insulated with minimal space heating requirements.
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