Delicate materials and hand craftsmanship give the iconic Asian lantern a contemporary twist with the Formakami table lamp by Jaime Hayon. The result is an ambient light in a lamp where the design itself appears light. It’s a hybrid concept fusing different aspects of cultures into a new design idiom. Airy, bulbous shapes crafted in ivory white rice paper with black lacquered ash accents look Asian and yet somewhat Scandinavian. Place the lamps in a modern milieu and cultural references disappear - replaced by a sense of magic. Switched off, there’s a sense of serenity. Switched on, there’s intimacy.
Spanish artist-designer Jaime Hayón was born in Madrid in 1974. 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 Oliverio Toscani. In a short time he was promoted from student to head of their Design Department, where he oversaw projects ranging from shop, restaurant and exhibition conception and design to graphics. Eight years later, Jaime broke out on his own, first with collections of designer toys, ceramics and furniture, followed by interior design and installation. These collections put Jaime at the forefront a new wave of creators that blurred the lines between art, decoration and design and a renaissance in finely-crafted, intricate objects within the context of contemporary design culture.