“Receptacle or Art Toy, every character exudes its optimistic narrative strength, full of magic and imagination.” Jaime Hayon
Jaime Hayon is on the fast track to completely winning over my heart. First there was his Green Chicken, with its childish, nonsensical spirit, and now, in collaboration with French glassworks legend, Baccarat, Hayon has created these spectacular crystal and porcelain vessels for a collection simply titled: Baccarat Zoo. Their tongue-in-cheek opulence is right on the money (a hefty wad of money).
I’ve got my heart set on the bears above: which is going to put Henri’s college fund back a few notches, but I’m sure he won’t mind as he wistfully stares at the cubs: perched faaaaar out of curious baby’s reach. If you’re more of a duck or monkey person then you’re in luck: the collection includes a few of those critters as well. Sorry. No giraffes.
Got some Christmas rascals that won’t stop asking for goodies this holiday? Scare the greed right out of them with this gem of an animated short by Spaniard Rodrigo Blaas. Enlisting the help of some very talented friends (French animator Bolhem Bouchiba, character designers Carlos Grangel and Sergio Pablos, Art Director (and brother) Alfonso Blaas, music composer Mastretta and sound designer Tom Myers), Blaas’ debut film mixes a glorious Parisian art nouveau winter wonderland with a very current and curious main character: Alma. The film has already received a handful of awards and continues to collect accolades as it sweeps the animation festival circuit. Blaas has made the entire film available for viewing for a limited time, so share the wealth!
I first began following Madrid-born artist/designer Jaime Hayon’s work a handful of years ago when I saw his Showtime vases at The Future Perfect in Brooklyn. The balanced curves and primary shapes of his pieces results in something so easy to gape at – hypnotizingly simple – and full of youthful cues: Japanese animation, vinyl toy culture, circus patterns, graffiti, science fiction… Oh, how I pine for Hayon’s glossy Green Chicken, with her felt-like plumes, perfectly peckish beak, and alien bulb-ears… What’s next for the artist? A giant porcelain chess set to be exhibited in Trafalgar Square for the 2009 London Design Festival (Sept 19-27)!
“I think that your cultural/background has a great deal to do with who you are. One’s identity is a mix between background and life journey. My work is very personal and it comes from who I am and what I have learnt in my path.”
– Jaime Hayon via Wallpaper*