Jaime Hayón has created The Guest for Lladró Atelier, launched at Maison & Objet.

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.

Jaime Hayon The Guest for Lladro at Maison et Objet

His original porcelain character provide an almost blank canvas for the artists to imbue with their own ideas, creating a range of distinctive characters.

Jaime Hayon The Guest fot LLadro at Maison et Objet

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.”

Jaime Hayon The Guest Lladro Maison et Objet Ben Biskup

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.”

Devilrobots The Guest Lladro Maison et Objet

Our trip to Paris for Maison & Objet 2012 was supported in part by Airbnb.com.