Jaime Hayon was born in Madrid in 1974. Following an industrial design-led education in his home city, Paris and San Diego, Hayon joined Fabrica, the research centre of the Italian clothing label Benetton. Hayon was propelled into the international spotlight during the Mediterranean Digital Baroque exhibition, which opened at the David Gill Galleries in London in October 2003. The designer’s surreal and expressive ceramic cactuses were some of the most talked-about pieces, blurring the boundaries between art, decoration and design. A commercial commission with bathroom manufacturer Artquitect followed.
Hayon continued to hone his design aesthetic through a series of solo exhibitions, supported by projects with a variety of international brands including Coca-Cola, Camper, Lladro and Danone Group. Hayon’s studio, opened in 2004, focuses on a wide range of projects that continue to explore the boundaries between art and design, and encompass everything from toys to furniture, interiors and accessories. In 2008, Jaime Hayon was the guest of honour at Belgium’s Interieur Biennial, the youngest person ever to receive the accolade. Orolog, a new company established by Hayon and Ian Lowe, represents the designer’s first foray into wristwear. The OC1 Chronograph, the brand’s first collection, combines classical elements with modern details and Swiss craftsmanship.