September 27, 2021

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Art is beauty

For the love of design

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For the love of design


a person standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Fritz Hansen’s artist-designer Jaime Hayon.


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Fritz Hansen’s artist-designer Jaime Hayon.

When Household of Fritz Hansen in Soi Somkid initially arrived to everyday living in 2017, the white residence from the 1950s it inhabited was polished into a showroom to show how luxurious Danish furnishings pieces could suit into a Thai dwelling. Modern and cleanse minimalism generally arrives to brain at the point out of this Scandinavian name — but the world-wide rebrand that has been established into movement given that last year is injecting really a popping touch of colors, enjoyable and modernity to its in general aesthetics.

For Thailand’s flagship retail outlet, artist-designer Jaime Hayon was recruited to revamp the house. Hayon is regarded to infuse a roly-poly cuteness to items he models — and the new interiors of the dwelling are reminiscent of a Jetsons cartoon, with curved doorways and pastel colors that emit a retro-futurism sense. A striped, black and white rabbit sculpture he established provides a playful welcome to the backyard garden in entrance of the setting up. All through the Jaime Hayon Style and design Showcase which ended final 7 days, home furnishings and décor parts that Hayon intended for Fritz Hansen were highlighted, together with a handful of abstract paintings he had designed whilst in quarantine in Bangkok.

The rapid-chatting 46-year-aged is between Spain’s most important design exports — immediately after founding Hayon Studio in 2001, models and customers all more than the world have steadily sought his inventive vision to deck almost everything from ceramics and home furniture to inside style and installations. Aside from industrial get the job done for accommodations, restaurant and retail projects, Hayon’s exhibitions and exhibits are displayed at key galleries and fairs on all continents such as Daelim Museum and Artwork Basel. The innumerable awards from layout publications and authorities acclaim his success in the up to date imaginative entire world so a great deal so that it would not be much too fawning to describe him as a contemporary-working day Dali. In fact, his likeness to the Surrealist painter was how he 1st received his start in the design world.



a close up of a garden


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A pleasurable sculpture by Jaime Hayon in the yard.

Twenty-something several years back, Hayon was just seeking to sell his handmade ceramics when he achieved the owner of BD Barcelona, Oscar Tusquets Blanca, by probability. Centered in Barcelona, the organization provides jointly the environment of art and layout by doing work with legendary artists and architects to generate style and design household furniture and objects.

“Oscar met me in one exhibition and was very fascinated — he stated, ‘Man, you remind me of Dali’,” Hayon recalls. “I asked, ‘How could I remind you of him?’, and he answered, ‘He was my good friend!’. Oscar is about 75 a long time old now and when he was youthful, he was definitely excellent pals with Dali. He produced editions of Dali’s household furniture, as nicely as stuff by [Antoni] Gaudi.”

Receiving to get the job done amid this mesh of artwork, design and style and décor at BD Barcelona was the initially action in the proper direction for Hayon. The is effective and products he designed there would eventually direct to recognition and experienced other world-wide names come knocking on his door. Fritz Hansen was a single of people big manufacturers that approached him — and the Madrid-indigenous can now proudly count himself as element of the company’s heritage for the past 10 yrs. Aside from the Fritz Hansen lounges and showrooms in Bangkok, Seoul, Singapore and China, Hayon has also made a handful of entertaining nonetheless iconic parts for the brand name, be it the Ro quick chair, Plenum sofa, Satisfied Hook (a wall hook in the condition of a smiley) and Ikebana vases.



a vase of flowers sitting on a table


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Ikebana vases.

“When I started off out it felt really strange,” the designer remembers his involvement with Fritz Hansen in the early days. “People were only designing for functionality — a chair requirements to be a chair. I claimed, ‘Ok, but then what?’. In my type and perspective of wanting at issues, objects are talking to you and speaking some thing to you. You want to really like them and embrace them. I’m not so interested in how substantially a item sells. I’m additional fascinated in persons loving it. In the stop, men and women buy matters for the reason that they definitely adore them.”

As an artist who leaves a dash of tradition, the surprising, positivity, consideration to depth and a love for “working with crafts additional than everything in the world” in his functions, Hayon can be credited for all the vibrant lightheartedness that Fritz Hansen is today.

“Fritz Hansen at the starting was way too dry and critical for me,” he suggests. “It was a bit too uninteresting and gentleman-like but I believe we can be incredibly attractive, cool and present day even though getting exquisite far too.”

Introducing new color mixtures and elements to the Danish brand is what he did and he revels in the possibility to provide his contemporary vision to an previous enterprise that dates back to 1872.



a desk with a computer and a chair in a room


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The revamped Property of Fritz Hansen.

“Working with multinational consumers that are incredibly major is not simple,” Hayon describes his do the job procedure. “They have an economic climate to operate and this is no joke. If you do it incorrect, you could make a corporation are unsuccessful big time. We are like surgeons, seeking to be precise with all the things, but we’re also bungee-leaping from the mountain with the shopper! Massive CEOs of large corporations I’ve satisfied are accurately like this — they could be in a catastrophe but they continue to possibility it. It’s established — if you never danger or dare, you don’t see anything at all new.”

A Spanish track record and identity do enjoy a major portion in Hayon’s aesthetics and open up-minded tactic to points.

“The joy of savoring all the things you do is quite Spanish,” he displays although noting that his major studio is based mostly in Valencia. “In Spain, we really like life. People today are content and open. There is this sense of fraternity where you can be at a desk with individuals you never know and can have a get together with them. When you do the job like that far too, creativity arrives out of discussion and thinking. It is unlike Germany, which has incredibly chilly weather conditions and demanding regulations. To live with stunning weather, sunshine, food stuff, the seaside and contentment provide colour and joy to everyday living and which is a reflection of me.”

No matter if it is ceramics in Japan or displays at the Pompidou Centre, what is instantaneously recognisable about Hayon’s aesthetics is roundness — where tribal collectible figurines that would usually have been grotesque get a adorable cure.



a kitchen with a sink and a window


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Joyful Hook.

“It’s like with strawberries I could make a thing fairly salty,” he laughs. “How I use my inspiration is extremely curious. I’m on the edge of factors –something truly hideous and terrible can be an inspiration for me. I’m motivated by Gaudi, Frank Lloyd Wright, Viennese architect Josef Hoffman, but also by African tribal art and primitive factors.”

On that notice, he can conclude that his success and proudest achievement after 20 several years in the organization of artwork and style and design is merely his vitality.

“What I’m most happy of is my angle and power — much more than the true assignments,” he states with a smile. “I’ve constantly been another person quite open up-minded, who never ever desired to drop fascination in nearly anything. I really do not imagine creative imagination is joined to knowing how to paint or how to attract. You can be an economist and be pretty artistic, it’s just the way you glance at factors. I generally search at matters in a unique way.”

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