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Designer Jaime Hayon at BD Barcelona: LDF 2016

The first thing that strikes you about Jaime Hayon – the man and his work – is how much fun they both are. Hayon’s work is currently gracing the BD Barcelona showroom in Berry Street, Clerkenwell, bringing the warmth of Spain into an autumnal London.

The first thing that strikes you about Jaime Hayon – the man and his work – is how much fun they both are. Hayon’s work is currently gracing the BD Barcelona showroom in Berry Street, Clerkenwell, bringing the warmth of Spain into an autumnal London.

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Jaime Hayon

Cheeky grey and red monkeys made from architectonic concrete and resin hold aloft trays of bananas or delicious Häagen-Dazs cakes. His playful Showtime ceramic vases with their quirky glazes and shapes straddle the line between art and design. A sideboard has different shaped feet, inspired by current designs contributed by family and friends, but when put together on the same piece of furniture create something eclectic and modular.

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For Hayon, it all starts with an idea or theme, then he sketches. Sometimes he puts opposite images together, ‘Tropical Scandinavia’ for example. SEEN can’t be the only ones dying to see the fruit of that idea. Sometimes travel inspires his design process. A recent journey through Africa gave birth to the Monkey Side-tables. Rattan versions still linger in Africa, a hangover from Colonial days. Only Hayon’s monkeys look like they might whip your cake away or push it in your face.

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The colours are warm and sunny; custard-yellow, greens, sculpted smooth grey, reds, gold glazes… No time for neutrals here. The accent is on FUN. For as Jaime Hayon said yesterday, we’ll all be dead soon enough. The pieces attract a lot of attention from the street, a tribute to their inherent humour, and an uplifting part of the Clerkenwell Design district.

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12-14 Berry Street
Clerkenwell
London
EC1V 0AU

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Sculpture in the City, Art for Everyone

SEEN thoroughly enjoyed a preview of the 18 new artworks around the financial district’s square mile. Set up by The City of London in 2010, this excellent initiative expands its footprint every year, improving the area and proving that when people are happy, they work better.

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Alex Evans at the Foundry Gallery, Chelsea Quarter: LDF17

The astute reader will have noticed that SEEN loves art about London. There are many artists in this city who draw (pun intended) their inspiration from it, none more so than Alex Evans whose fractal renderings hint at the entropic nature of urban life and perhaps also our anxieties and isolation in the 21st century. His latest exhibition ‘Invisible Systems’ can be seen at the Foundry Gallery, tucked away off the King’s Road until 26th October.

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