How tariffs impact gadget makers

Andrew Zolty, the co-founder and head of design at Breakfast, says tariffs are becoming a problem. He and his team build large-scale installations that are often placed in museums, building lobbies, or wherever cool, connected art can go. The commissioned pieces come together by hand, typically in Breakfast’s Brooklyn, New York, office where the team imports aluminum, steel, and printed circuit boards from China and uses those parts to build their art. With the recent tariffs imposed on all of those materials, Zolty says costs are increasing, and the team is going to have to raise their prices.

“It’s been a bit of a wake-up call,” he says. “Even us, we were watching in the news, we weren’t really thinking about it until we got the bill….

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