Founded in 1953 by brothers Juan, José and Vicente, Spanish ceramics brand Lladró is well-known for its porcelain figurines. Artistic Advisor to the board, Jaime Hayón began working with Lladró in 2006. His latest project is a platform for collaboration between Lladró Atelier and artists from all over the world; American multi-disciplinary fine artist Tim Biskup and Devilrobots, a five-man design team from Japan.
His original porcelain character provide an almost blank canvas for the artists to imbue with their own ideas, creating a range of distinctive characters.
Good friend of Jaime Hayón, Tim Biskup was born in Santa Monica in 1967. A bit of a trail blazer, he launched his own career and those of several of his contemporaries with a series of “live art auctions.” He describes the process he went through to develop his take on The Guest as “complex and inspiring” and cites his inspirations as “mid-century modern design infused with a healthy dose of punk rock energy.”
Devilrobots, meanwhile, are the design team behind one of Japan’s most popular contributions to the toy world, the “TO-FU Oyako!,” and describe their style as “cute but toxic.”
Our trip to Paris for Maison & Objet 2012 was supported in part by Airbnb.com.