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Born in 1974

JAIME HAYON

Hayon’s Spanish heritage and sense of humour are inherent in everything he creates, from lounge to dining chairs.
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"It is important to remember that my design is made for humans – to be used by humans. I believe that design should provoke emotions. Design should make you feel good. Create happiness."
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Jaime Hayon

Biography

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.
Sammen chair Jaime Hayon wooden legs green
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Sammen™
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JH20, chair, Designers selection
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Sammen armchair Jaime Hayon wooden legs grey
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Sammen™
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JH30, armchair, Designers selection
from USD 1.268,00
Fri easy chair Jaime Hayon dark blue
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Fri™
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JH4, easy chair, Designers selection
from USD 3.729,00
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Ro™
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JH12, Ro footstool, wooden legs
from USD 1.070,00
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Ro™
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JH1, easy chair, Designers Selection
from USD 3.801,00
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Ro™
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JH11, footstool for Ro, Designer Selection
from USD 1.070,00
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Favn™
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JH3, sofa, Designers selection
from USD 11.241,00
Favn sofa by Jaime Hayon
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HOMELINESS

Jaime Hayon is a busy man and these first months of the year are often his most hectic. He is currently in Vienna, on his way to Zurich, in order to prepare for the Milan Furniture Fair. Here he will present his new products, including the easy chair Fri™ and dining chair Sammen™, designed in collaboration with Fritz Hansen. We caught him on the phone to get his views on good design and homeliness.

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 understan-ding 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 give instinctively 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“.

When do you think that a space is nice to be in and when do you feel at home?
”A room is homey when the lighting and the atmosphere comes together. When the music matches the place and when the combination of colours and lights makes me feel happy. But I would also like to be able to feel what is happening outside. I do not like being confined to rooms that are closed up, where daylight is excluded or where materials and furniture are cold, or where I get cold feet“.

Do you think there is a difference in the perception of homeliness in the North and in the South?
”Yes, and for the simple reason that we spend more time outdoors in the South. In the North, you spend more time indoor and therefore your homes are more important to you. You put more effort into the decoration of your homes than they do in southern Europe. But the feeling of home, to have a pleasant fragrance, the scent of wood, for example, when you walk into a home, the pleasant sensation of daylight is universal and for me some of the most important factors when we talk about homeliness“.

How can furniture contribute to a homely atmosphere?
”Furniture can greatly contribute to the creation of home-liness if it is comfortable, high quality and well-placed. There is nothing better than a couch near a fireplace in the afternoon on a winter day, with some tapas, a glass of wine and good friends“.

Good design should be problem-solving and long-lasting, this goes without saying. But I also make design for people, to be used by people. I believe that good design should provoke feelings. Design should make you feel comfortable. And design should generate happiness
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Designed by Jaime Hayon, 2013

RO™

A beautiful chair and a shelter to form a private space - both are characteristics of Jaime Hayon's Ro™ easy chair.
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Designed by Jaime Hayon, 2015

FRI™

Open, soft and simplicity itself. Jaime Hayon created the easy chair Fri™ to represent exactly this.
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Designed by Jaime Hayon, 2011

FAVN™

Favn; the Danish word for embrace, is the result of a creative dialogue between the Spanish designer, Jaime Hayon and Fritz Hansen.
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Designed by Jaime Hayon, 2014

ANALOG™

Jaime Hayon's dining table is not a square, a circle or an oval – it is a new form that combines the best of all three.
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