BDDW

April 27, 2015

Tonic recently visited the BDDW showroom in the historic 5 Vie neighbourhood in Milano during our trip to Salone del Mobile ’15. Coming across their work for the first time almost 14 years ago, their consistency in design style remains unchanged, whilst maintaining their characteristic ‘edge’. The journey of Tylor Hayes (founder and designer of BDDW) started with a career in painting and sculpting at the University of Oregon. Hayes moved to New York in the early 90′s where he worked as a contractor and on the side did painting and sculpting as a creative outlet. This practical experience in engineering led to an intimate understanding of materials and ultimately to the founding of BDDW in 1994. What started off as a small project (of 7 people) has grown into a 80 strong operation. Hayes’ range of classic modernist furniture is made using American indigenous woods such as maple, Claro walnut, pear and holly; complemented by stone, bronze and cast iron. These authentic materials give his furniture pieces a classic timelessness with a characteristic heirloom feel, making the pieces sought-after original collectors items. Tyler sees his business as “a group of closely-knit people making things that will last for hundred years and that means something”, a view Tonic fully subscribes to. The next items on his drawing board is said to be “a toilet, coffee maker and blender as well as kids toys”…an inspirational designer and company pushing the boundaries whilst remaining consistent in their style and execution. Here are some of our favourite pics:

Hayes (grown-up) still exploring creativity in all its different dimensions.
Hayes (grown-up) still exploring creativity in all its different dimensions.