Tetsushi Inoue and Kristina Detwiller started TeDe in 2006 after relocating from San Francisco to the quiet mountains of Handa Kogen in Oita. TeDe is creative environment where Tetsushi and Kristina focus on creating quality, sophisticated works with a unique character and original design. TeDe creates furniture, scarves, bags, and other various objects.

Tetsushi Inoue, originally from Osaka, Japan, attended the California College of the Arts where he majored in furniture design. During his time there, he was awarded first place in the Wornick Scholarship and one of his works was added to the George & Dorothy Saxe Collection. After graduating in 2003, he designed the light, "Ventana Mini," in collaboration with lighting designer, Pablo Pardo, and continued working with him on several projects until he moved back to Japan with his wife in 2005 to form TeDe.

Kristina Detwiller attended the Kansas City Art Institute, where she studied textiles, focusing on both surface design techniques and the structure woven cloth. After graduating in 2002, she assisted several workshops taught by the Danish dye chemist, Joy Boutrop, which furthur enhanced her techinical understanding of fibers and their properties. After moving to San Francisco in 2003, Kristina worked as an assistant in the studios of Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, Lia Cook, and Jean Cacicedo. In 2005, Kristina moved to Japan with her husband, and formed TeDe.