Hayon’s Spanish heritage and sense of humour are inherent in everything he creates, from lounge to dining chairs.
THE SPANISH ARTIST DESIGNER 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 Oliviero Toscani. In a short time he was promoted from student to head of their Design Department. Eight years later, Jaime broke out on his own, first with his collections of designer toys, ceramics and furniture, later followed by interior design and installations.
WHAT IS GOOD DESIGN IN YOUR OPINION?
"Good design is primarily design that lasts. Design must have something to say. It must be able to improve our quality of life, and it must be meaningful. But for me, design is not just about function. It is also about feelings, and I like if it provokes a little and can challenge our way of life."
HOW CAN FURNITURE AND DESIGN HELP TO CREATE HOME-LINESS? AND DO YOU THINK IT IS A SPECIAL DANISH PHENOMENON?
"Yes, I would say. The Danes have a very unique approach to furniture design. The Nordic understanding of nature and of using natural materials in furniture design is deeply rooted in you. You know how to bring nature inside because your furniture is made of natural materials such as wood, stone and leather. These natural materials instinctively give a nice feeling, but it is also about the craftsmanship, that a piece of furniture is upholstered in a way so that it embraces you and makes you feel comfortable, that the finish is perfect. The Danes are exceptionally skilled at this."