Jaime Hayon

Jaime Hayon Spanish artist-designer Jaime Hayon was born in Madrid in 1974. As a teenager, he submerged himself in skateboard culture and graffiti art, the foundation of the detailed, bold-yet-whimsical imagery so imminent in his work today. After studying industrial design in Madrid and Paris he joined Fabrica in 1997, the Benetton-funded design and communication academy, working closely with the legendary image-maker and agitator Oliverio Toscani. In a short time he was promoted from student to head of their Design Department, where he oversaw projects ranging from shop, restaurant and exhibition conception and design to graphics. Eight years later, Jaime broke out on his own, first with collections of designer toys, ceramics and furniture, followed by interior design and installation.seo His singular vision was first fully exposed in ‘Mediterranean Digital Baroque’ at London’s David Gill Gallery, an exciting mise en scène, largely executed in ceramic, followed by ‘Mon Cirque’, which traveled to Frankfurt, Barcelona, Paris and Kuala Lumpur. These collections put Jaime at the forefront a new wave of creators that blurred the lines between art, decoration and design and a renaissance in finely-crafted, intricate objects within the context of contemporary design culture.  

Jaime further defined his vision in subsequent solo exhibitions and shows at London’s Aram Gallery, and Milan’s Salone de Mobile and his work has been displayed in Germany’s Vitra Museum, London’s Design Museum, Rotterdam’s Vivid Gallery, the Gronginger Museum (also in Holland) and the Basel Art Fair and has attracted the attention of prestigious art collectors. Jaime’s esteem and knowledge of artisan skills and his inherent creativity has allowed him to push the boundaries of many mediums and functions, resulting in collections for clients as diverse as ArtQuitect (bathrooms) b.d. ediciones, Established and Sons and Moooi (domestic furniture), Metalarte and Swarovski (lighting fixtures), Berhardt Design (textiles), Piper Heidsieck universe community(champagne buckets), Gaia and Gino (vases) and Bosa Ceramiche (ceramic objects). He has conceived two important collections for Bisazza. Most recently, he has created the ‘Rencontres’ collection for Baccarat; a collection of vases and lamps that reinterpret the firm’s famous cut crystal by adding elements in ceramic and plastic. His ongoing work as a creative consultant for the Spanish porcelain manufacturer Lladró has resulted in a new direction for the company, as well as Jaime’s own collection ‘Fantasy’. Adding to his acclaimed intramurals for Madrid’s La Terraza del Casino restaurant and Camper footwear stores, Jaime is currently working on interiors for leading hotels, restaurants and retail establishments around the world. Jaime currently resides in London, with offices in Barcelona and Treviso (Italy). His work has appeared in the most prestigious art and design publications worldwide. He has won numerous awards including ‘Best Installation’ (Icon Magazine), ‘Breakthrough Creator’ (Wallpaper Magazine) and the 2006 Elle Deco International Award. In 2008, Jaime was guest of honor at Belgium’s Interieur Biennial, the youngest person ever to receive the accolade.  

Green chicken
The chicken, a rather unexplored shape, found its place amongst my green dreams. I wanted to portray this common bird as a sensational object by amplifying its characteristics and dimensions, turning it into a modern piece, one of great beauty and utility: a rocking chair. The movement, subtle and constant, would give the object a zoom-like trait, a sense of speed and dynamism. My green chicken had taken on a face, a shape, a place and a function. 

I wanted to find a form that stylized the foot, like the tap dancing shoes. I have always liked the character of dance shoes because they remind me of a music-hall. I wanted to make a simple shoe but one that had character, in solid colours but that were special enough to give identity to a way of dressing. If for me, and also for many others, glasses are important in creating the personality of a person, I think that shoes should be so too. Hayon defines his design as a sporty shoe with a touch of elegance, or vice versa, that hides some surprises that make it all the more special, like the feel of the laces or the linen interior and that combines the most characteristic codes of his work as an artist and designer: the fusion of styles, soft and organic forms, the mix of materials and the quality of its manufacturing.

The intention of the Together project was to give an absolute yet subtle change to the way the Camper space is envisioned. To promote a luxury ambient inside the shop, turning it into a symbol of elegance. Very special pieces were created for this shop: handmade wood tables with different and abundant legs, very much within the Hayon style. A set of hand crafted terra-cotta lamps was designed specially for the space. A new technology was developed to give these lamps an earthy yet sophisticated surface. For the cash point space, we created an unusual piece of furniture with a very "Olympic" shape, all in red. We chose a red floor in resin of a silky and glossy effect that playfully contrasts the rest of the space. 

Lounger for BD
The contrasts and sophistication which lend personality to Jaime Hayons work are represented in the Showtime collection which ranges from vases to chairs. Now it is completed with a new piece which will also satisfy those who have more classical tastes: The Lounger. An elegant and comfortable wing chair. With one-colour finishes and optional footrest.

FAVN is the Danish name for embrace. This piece is the result of a creative dialogue between Jaime Hayon and Fritz Hansen. "I wanted the sofa to be based on a shell. A shell being hard on the outside, soft and welcoming on the inside. I wanted to create a form that embraces you, something really organic - that's why we named it FAVN". "FAVN is an evolution of Fritz Hansen's design language that brings together the qualities of Spanish and Danish design". The new sofa is presented in ten unique Designer Selections; light grey, sage green, clear beige, taupe, chocolate, moutarde, red, violet, dark blue and black. It includes a mix of three fabrics to express the form of its three main components; the shell, seat and back and decorative cushions. The combination of texture and tone is appealing to the visual and emotional senses. 


Tudor Chair and Cabinet
Tudor chair and cabinet for Established and Sons. Date of release: April 2009.

American Chateau By Jaime Hayon and Nienke Klunder 
Jaime Hayon and Nienke Klunder have worked together since meeting in Italy in 2003. American Chateau, is their first public collaborative exhibition. This new series of sculptural and two dimensional pieces is a creative departure for both artists, taking inspiration from the iconic cultural exports of the USA and the opulence of 17th century European craftwork. Jaime and Nienkes pieces are the icons of the booming, fast-food American dream, a kind of Versailles meets Disneyland hybrid. This unusual juxtaposition transcends historical, social and contextual boundaries through its eclectic influences and overlapping of historical periods and high and low culture. It challenges the elite notions of art and design and gives them a frame of reference in contemporary everyday culture. 

BD Showtime collection
Showtime Collection for BD Ediciones de Dise�o is a home furniture collection inspired on classical MGM musicals. The concepts behind these pieces explore the contrast between what is external and internal. A combination between organic forms and classical details is key to its development. It exhibits passion for finding ways were things that are not supposed to match, coexist in elegance. Very innovative material combinations like plastic and leather were used to create this unique collection. 

Lladro Redeco
The Lladro Re-Deco collection creates a new interpretation of its traditional figurines through new ways of decoration. A new perception, created by a decorative twist to Lladros classic figurines, without losing essence of the traditional Lladro work. Underpinning this new initiative is the idea that any classical piece can evolve thanks to a new decoration, taking on a new meaning. Jaime Hayon is Lladro's Creative consultant. More information at lladro.com

Bisazza: Hayon Pixel-Ballet
The Bisazza installation created for the Salone is meant to explore the possibilities of mixing art forms with industrial applications. The concept is to present other than the product itself, but instead, the possibilities of the product. In this case, it is treated as a medium for creation. The elements that make up this large-scale installation are part of my personal cosmology, where intuition alters reality creating a scenario far from conventional. The tables rescue elements from car engines contrasted with chic marble tops. The main piece is a butler presenting trays of new Bisazza elements. Plates will recreate possible faces for the face-less butler using mosaic-graphics. A new typology of vases emerges from the combination of ceramic and mosaic. The entire effect is that of an encounter with my world and dreams.

For the 21st edition of the International biennial Interieur in Kortrijk, the Foundation Interieur managed to snare the Spanish designer Jaime Hayon. The youngest and the first Spanish guest of honour ever, is known for his frivolous design and unbridled imagination. Since the first edition in 1968, an international guest has been chosen carefully for his ability to surprise, to reflect and preferably outpace the spirit of the times. Famous designers such as Raymond Loewy, Verner Panton, Andrea Branzi and Jean Nouvel have filled this role. Guest of honour of Interieur 08 is Jaime Hayon. This Spanish enfant terrible is considered as a trail-blazing talent in the world of design. The 21st edition will be held from 17 to 26 October in the Xpo halls in Kortrijk, Belgium.

Bisazza Bagno
The collection recalls the glamour of the 1930s with a Scandinavian touch and feminine shapes. Elegance is the main trait of this innovative collection. The bathroom is the most important room in the home and it should not be hidden. With this collection, it becomes an area you want to show, a place you can keep open. The bathroom becomes a stylish room, full of charm and style, with a strong identity.

Mon Cirque
Mon Cirque is Hayon's vision of a large oniric metaphor. A place that symbolizes his hope of artistic freedom, where the designer�s work is free to transcend the frontiers built between design and art. The classical colorfulness of the circus is replaced by a more serious and elegant contrast between black, white and gold: Cirque de lux.Vases become characters, clowns become lamps, plates used as canvas, tables grow legs. A sophisticated ambient replaces the decadent circus. A new world has been born: Mon Cirque. Craftsmanship is a key element to Mon Cirque. Avoiding the use of molds, a return to the hand made object where each piece is unique in its existence, like the characters they represent. Mon Cirque has traveled to Minneapolis, Lisbon, Barcelona, Paris and Cologne. It continues to move on, like a circus should. 

Hayon's latest art creation "Testa Mecanica" is being presented as part of Glasstress 2011, a collateral event of the 54th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia from June 4th - November 27th, 2011.