Jamie Hayon’s rise to the top of the design tree as the leading proponent of “modern fantasia” has fascinated me as he and a few others have brought mawkish borderline kitsch to the center marketplace. He is one of three designers who were interviewed by Dezeen during Milan Design Week and who expressed concerns about the future of design.
The Spanish designer was interviewed at the opening of his new ceramic collection, a collaboration with the company Bosa Ceramiche, at the Ventura Lambrate 2014 event, during Salone Internazionale del Mobile.
The rather gaudy works above make an interesting counterpoint to his comments. “If I listen to the market, I’ll be designing crap because many times it’s not good taste, it’s excessive.” The lion masks do little to rescue his credibility. And the figurines made for Lladro are even worse.
In his interview with Dezeen he sniffs at those who make, “What people in Dubai, India, the Middle East and Russia want.” Given the cute faces with drooping tongues and a little too much gilding, I would be slapping on shipping labels to Dubai, India, the Middle East and Russia as fast as I could peel and stick. My guess is that his sales numbers in those regions are impressive.
Garth Clark is the Chief Editor of CFile.
Above image: Jamie Hayon’s figures, part of his collaboration with Bosa Ceramiche at the Ventura Lambrate 2014 event at the most recent Milan Design Week.
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