Design week is over but beautiful spots are still out there. Don’t panic! Nearly a week has gone by since the end of the Design Week and the city is resting. Milan was exciting, shining with sunlight and pervaded by a wave of international enthusiasm and interest.
“The Americans” and their new pieces for 2017 Design Week
5vie district, an ancient area in the heart of the city next to Via Torino, is one of the most enjoyable areas of Milan. Design and antique shops, exclusive boutiques, handicraft stores that smell of history. Along with the Italian designers, however, it’s now three years that the Americans landed in the neighborhood. There are two special NY places in Via Marta: BDDW by Tayler Hays and APPARATUS STUDIO.
Originally from Oregon but relocated in NYC, Tayler Hays is a multi-faceted artist in love with Italy. He began to sign BDDW’s creations in the 90’s, and from there on US luxury craftsmanship slowly grew. Slab tables of rare beauty with bronze details, hand-painted ceramics, fully covered leather chairs, wonderful fabric sofas, porcelain chandeliers: in short, a home of wonders! Once you enter this space at 19A of Via Santa Marta all you want is to live in a home like this. Every piece is so interesting and special and some are even unique.
Tayler launched some unique pieces of hand-painted clothing for this 2017 Design Week, “Bury your Dead Down Wind”. Furthermore, he presented a unique jem for collectors: the foosball table (foosball is correct) in wood and canvas with hand painted players. Last but not least, the two enormous and wonderful paintings / hand painted puzzles: such a daydream!
Finally, BDDW represents other American designers and friends and other interesting names in the New York landscape. Some are, for example, Lindsey Adelman, David Weeks, Natalie Page, Keiran Kinsella, Roll and Hill.
From a few years, production moved from Brooklyn to Philadelphia in a magnificent workshop that I was lucky enough to visit three years ago. A creative space where Tayler and his trusted collaborators make tables, cupboards, sofas, pottery, paintings.
APPARATUS STUDIO is just across the street. It is a New York brand founded by the duo Gabriel Hendifar, creative director, and Jeremy Anderson, Head of Production. They are featured by Tayler Hays but have a special space all to themselves. It is a former craftsman’s shop, a sophisticated jem created by Gabriel and Jeremy. This year for Design Week a burgundy carpet covers the interiors creating an interesting contrast with the ancient walls.
Luxurious, vintage-inspired lighting with modern design elements and a well-studied use of materials make each piece really special. Moreover, Apparatus Studio today also produces items and furnishings such as marble tables that are exposed in Santa Marta.
A small magical place to unravel.
In short, both spaces are two must sees in Milan. If you still haven’t gone you should certainly do so, and later you can enjoy a great drink at the Piazza Mentana stand. It is a delightful meeting point for the spring and summer evenings in Milan.
Note: SPACES OPEN ONLY ON APPOINTMENT.
BDDW by Tayler Hays