Born in Madrid, Spain in 1974, artist-designer Jaime Hayon studied industrial design at the Instituto Europeo di Diseño in Madrid, graduating in 1997. The following year, he completed the industrial design program at the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs (ENSAD) in Paris. After school, he began working as a trainee at the Benetton Group’s Fabrica studio in Treviso, Italy, under the tutelage of Oliviero Toscani. After a year, Hayon was appointed head of the design department, where he oversaw the development of multiple interior and graphic design projects. He established Hayon Studio in 2000 in Madrid. In 2002, he launched a second studio in Treviso; in 2003, he moved the Spanish office to Barcelona; in 2007, he opened a London studio. Today, he operates from three locations: the Valencia space focuses on creative work; Treviso is dedicated to technical design, 3D renderings, and technical development; and the Barcelona office handles communication and press.
Hayon works in the overlap between art, decoration, and contemporary design, creating furniture, products, sculptures, fashion, interiors, and conceptual installations. His clients include Baccarat, Benetton, Adidas, Fritz Hansen, Bisazza, Magis, Fabergé, Established & Sons, Camper, and the Groninger Museum, among others. His work has been exhibited across the globe, including the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein and the Design Museum in London.
Hayon’s list of awards includes the 2006 Elle Deco International Design Award, the 2008 award for Best Designer from Elle Deco Japan, the 2009 Designer of the Year award from AD Russia, and the 2010 Maison & Objet Designer of the Year award. In 2008, he was guest of honor at Belgium’s Biennale Interieur, the youngest person ever to receive the accolade.
Hayon lives in Valencia.