Not long ago, in my quest to find a VERY comfortable and traditional sofa with a twist for a client, I stumbled upon the SoHo, New York-based cabinetmaker BDDW.
Founded by Tyler Hays, a painter and sculptor, the company produces sublime solid wood furniture in domestic hardwood that is traditionally joined, with hand rubbed finishes and hand-stitched details. It was the bronze hardware in the armrests and legs that got me going. Different without being gimmicky. PERFECT.
What I also liked about the sofas is that aesthetically, they can easily fit into any setting depending on their upholstery and surroundings. Imagine: they can be shabby chic, upholstered in white linen and placed next to a window with flowy shear cotton drapes; they can be traditional, upholstered in a forest green velvet and sitting along a wood paneled wall with a 19th-century Jéan-Leon Gérôme oil hung above; or they can be modern, upholstered in grey wool with Jacques Adnet or Marc Newson side tables under a David LaChapelle photo. These are truly timeless furniture pieces. Give it up for Tyler Hays!
image credit: BDDW (top) Grane Sofa in charcoal grey linen; (bottom) Abel Sofa in wool herringbone.
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