“Tables are where people exchange ideas, express emotions and connect with each other,” explains Spanish artist / designer Jaime Hayon. “As a multi-purpose object, why not design a multi-tiered table where different sizes, shapes, colours and materials converge together? Like one of Alexander Calder’s kinetic sculptures. Various shapes suspended in air but kept in place, supported by a metal armature. Creating a curious equilibrium that resembles a mobile - only static.” At first glance, each Hayon Lounge table is a lesson in geometry. One version features a round shape coupled with a hexagon together with an elongated oval. Another version has a painter’s palette shape, while another version juxtaposes a rounded rectangle with an elongated oval and a circle. Each table is a composition of three distinctive shapes beautifully balanced at different heights which form a unified whole. “The Hayon Lounge Table is my idea of interesting,” remarks &tradition’s Brand Director Martin Kornbek Hansen. “The polished marble brings a sense of nobility, while the oak adds earthiness. With metal as the stabilising factor connecting different shapes, colours and materials together. With each table offering three surfaces to choose from, it’s a modern answer to our multi-tasking lives.” Varying in length from 67 cm to 83 cm to 116 cm, the Hayon Lounge Tables give a linear feeling to a 3D object. A sculpture you can enjoy looking at and living with.
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.