12 Works Of Divine Design By Jaime Hayón, Maison&Objet 2010 Designer Of The Year
Jaime Hayón, the Spanish "designer artist," is a spirited, eclectic, imaginative, and extremely talented man, whose works one always delights in seeing. At this winter's Maison&Objet Paris trade show, Hayón was honored for his work, by being selected as Maison&Objet' Interior Designer of 2010.
As a youngster, Hayón was part of the skateboard culture and was an active graffiti artist, a whimsical talent that pervades his artistic designs. Hayón has designed murals, toys, furniture, lighting, tableware, and completed large scale interiors for hotels and restaurants. He frequently works in ceramic, glass, wood, leather, and plastic, and is a marvelous graphic designer. Hayón has designed for Baccarat,
Swarovski, Ceccotti, Camper, and Lladro, among other prestigious fine design houses.
I've chosen 12 of Hayón's diversified works to give you an idea of the breadth of his artistry and the many reasons he was chosen as Maison&Objet's Interior Designer of 2010.
1. The Tournament, London Design Festival, 2009
Chess pieces, all handcrafted and handpainted by Hayón . The 32 fanciful pieces are 2 meters tall and represent London's domes, towers and spires. The city's history has influenced Hayón's chess characters. The Tournament installation was the center piece of Trafalgar Square; the 160 square meter chess board was made of ceramic tile glass by Bisazza.
2. Rocking Hotdog from the American Chateau Collection by Jaime Hayón and Nienke Klunder
Hayón and Dutch artist Nienke Klunder worked together on this collection... whimsical, ironic, and lots of fun. Here, the Rocking Hotdog is shown with some of the Collection's other pieces in an installation.
3. Limousine Table from the American Chateau Collection Jaime Hayón and Nienke Klunder
Limousine Table is so beautifully crafted, the irony is almost lost... but not quite.
4. Multileg Cabinet from BD Showtime Collection
Inspired by MGM classic musicals, this interior collection is both incongruous and fluid. The Multileg Cabinet is a great example, sporting a collection of legs inspired by all sorts of industrial-looking tools, yet fused in their capacity as table legs. (Contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
5. Colored Vases From BD Showtime Collection
Ceramic vases inspired by movie and cartoon characters each have their own personalities, but are drawn together by elements of design. (contact email@example.com)
6. Valencia Candle Holders for Gaia and Gino
Very original glass designs with lots and lots of facets. Gaia & Gino
7. Grid Vases for Gaia and Gino
Inspired by London's medieval atmosphere, the tales of the Knights Templar, the Tudors, and his trip to Turkey, Hayón designed these beautiful metal grid vases that are handcrafted in Turkey. Gaia & Gino
8. Mediterranean Digital Baroque Exhibit
This Hayón exhibit opened at the David Gill Galleries in London in 2003. Ceramic cactus trees, supersonic pigs, and pigeons, surrounded by Hayón's splendid graphic work of "gestuality, surrealism, barroque, density, dynamism, intuition, dementia, risk, tenderness, berreber, mathematical warrior of nature, energetic strangth, delirium, hestrionic exaggeration, emulation and creativity."
9. Funghi Table Lamps Designed For Metalarte
The Funghi ceramic table lamps are as divine as Hayón intended them to be. Sleek, sexy, earthy, and irresistible. Metalarte
10. Bastone Table and Floor Light Collection for Metalarte
The Bastone (Italian "stick," plural Bastoni) Collection is a new one, inspired by Hayón's propensity to move frequently. Enjoying the humor in dragging his own lamps from place to place, Hayón created Bastoni with handles and coil spring-looking grips to make it easier! Metalarte
This lamp is the "Double Bastone."
11. Green Chicken Rocker
Almost as if he felt sorry for the common chicken, Hayón created a larger than life, unmistakable, unavoidable beauty of a Green Chicken with a saddle and a rocker to raise his status in life and make him functional. No chicken will be considered common again.
12. Swarovski Sparkle Shady Chandelier
Hayón emphasizes transformation in his creation of the Sparkle Shady Chandelier. It is, first of all, not one lighting fixture, but a series of hanging lamps, all of which can be interchanged by placement and altered by color change. The Swarovski crystals provide just the right amount of reflection to play light games with your design on the chandelier's surroundings.
You have to admire how stunning the Swarovski Sparkle Shady looks with the Multileg Table, featured above.
An added treat...
13. Seasonal portrait of "Bunny Hayón"
It's always nice to find humility and self-humor in great talent!
Jaime Hayón's designs go far beyond what I represented here today; I could only attempt to hit the range of his abilities. I recommend that you visit his website, Hayón Studio, and lose yourself there for an afternoon or more. Mr. Hayón is an original, an icon of this century's "design artists."