BDDW Turntables

Turn style.

In painter, sculptor, and audiophile Tyler Hays’s handcrafted BDDW design shops in New York and Milan, visitors may find wool tapestries made from yarn as thick as a wrist, and paper-thin ceramics beside vintage industrial wall-lamps. Out of his Philadelphia workshop, Hays also builds sculptural, one-off turntables, speakers, and tube amps, labelled Phila Audio Corp, into anything from shelving to coffee tables in marble, wood, even a lead-filled machinist’s plate. “It’s such a loaded, powerful thing to reproduce music as a design object,” Hays says. “It’s like the toilet and the bed, objects that are so widely used and personal. I’ve never shared a powerful or intimate experience with a chair. But toilets, beds, and record players can tell stories.”