“I was really just a dirtbag Brooklyn artist handyman with a table saw and a couple of buddies.” www.tylerhays.com
Tyler Hays’ lifelong dream is to make everything that he needs. The founder of BDDW in New York and Milan will discuss the ultimate DIY lifestyle at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Oct 11, followed by a treasure hunt through period galleries to find Tyler Hays’ original pieces.
A 21st century artisan-entrepreneur, Tyler has been described by the New York Times as an “obsessive, eccentric master craftsman.” He studied physics and computer science but graduated with a BFA in painting and sculpture from University of Oregon. Eventually he became a furniture designer and builder, founding BDDW in the late 90's. Along the way, he dabbled in music, fashion, metal-smithing, ceramics, carpentry and architecture – along with dozens of side interests like bee-keeping and micro-brewing.
In 2012, Tyler purchased M. Crow & Co, a 107-year old general store in his hometown in northeastern Oregon, to prevent its closure. Last spring he opened an M. Crow in Soho next to BDDW to offer what you’d expect to find in a general store: clothing; watches; toys; knives made from recycled bandsaw blades; small-batch brewed beer in ceramic kegs; marshmallow roasting sticks in copper, walnut and leather; turntables; speakers and random household items - basically all the exquisitely handcrafted pieces that Tyler makes for himself and his family.
His studio in Northeast Philly produces everything sold in the Soho and Milan shops. Tyler lives and works in Philadelphia with his wife, painter Jen Wink, their three children and two dogs.
Meet Tyler Hays at this event co-sponsored by Collab at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Center for Architecture + Design. Wednesday 10/11, 6 – 8pm, Gallery 277 | Philadelphia Museum of Art | 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway | Free after Museum admission | Space is limited – Advanced registration required: 215-684-7722 or [email protected]. Join Collab.