Adelman’s bubble lighting series; BDDW tables are a word-of-mouth phenom.
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N.Y. — Tables by BDDW
Designer Tyler Hays has developed such a passionate customer base — including Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Lopez, Giorgio Armani and Harrison Ford — for his hand-crafted live-edge walnut slab dining tables ($30,000 to $140,000, depending on size) that he recently had to expand his bohemian-minimalist SoHo showroom. Bono ordered a custom 33-foot table for his estate in Ireland. Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds bought one, too. And at BDDW’s sprawling 140,000 square-foot workshop in Philadelphia, craftsmen are working on a special, super-wide table for an actress with multiple Academy Awards.
“BDDW is definitely all word of mouth, which has helped create the mystery,” says designer Phillip Lim, whose BDDW collection also includes leather-wrapped credenzas ($26,800) and a bespoke record player ($25,000). “I even introduced the Hermes family to his work.” Says novelist Jonathan Safran Foer, who owns a BDDW ping-pong table gifted him by Hays at a steep discount (but typically starting at $25,000): “Happening by the showroom one day, I was so moved by the obvious joy that was taken in the design that I wrote a letter to Tyler. What makes his work so special is the urgency. He creates like someone who got a terrible prognosis.”
L.A. — Bubble chandelier by Lindsey Adelman
“It’s a such an incredible design — there’s a real wow factor whenever it’s hung,” says Trip Haenisch, designer for Hank Azaria, Courteney Cox and WME’s Patrick Whitesell, of Lindsey Adelman’s coveted Branching Bubble lighting series. “It’s a piece of art, romantic and transitional at the same time, and the beauty of it is that it works equally well in a modern home and a traditional home.” There’s a 24-week production lead-time for the made-to-order, natural phenomena-inspired chandeliers, which have already been snapped up by Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon and Jon Hamm, and range from $9,000 to $30,000. Orders are designed and built either in Adelman’s New York studio or her newly opened L.A. outpost in the Arts District.
D.C. — At-home SCIF rooms
In a city where security clearance is status and mishandling classified info is a cautionary tale, having a SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility) in your own home is a bragging right reserved for very select cabinet secretaries and heads of security agencies, like FBI Director James Comey and former CIA Director David Petraeus. While SCIFs are plentiful in the bowels of government buildings, one must have both clearance and demonstrate need to have one at home. A vault-like room designed to protect top-secret conversations and data — often converted from an office, extra room, or even a closet — SCIFs can only be built by certain U.S. contractors approved by the government, according to rigorous specifications, including round-the-clock security monitoring and armed-response capability. They are not only soundproof but also built to withstand sophisticated electronic eavesdropping, which means they have no windows, super-heavy doors, and “shockingly thick walls,” according to one State Department insider, who adds that claustrophobes might think twice before entering. They can cost millions of (taxpayer) dollars to build, depending on size and location. A SCIF was recently installed in New York’s Trump Tower and also at Mar-a-Lago, though in general those with SCIFs “are highly unlikely to tell you that they have one because it would negate the point,” according to a former SCIF-dweller. It should be noted that, email scandal aside, Hillary Clinton had two SCIFs, one in her New York home and one in her D.C. digs.