Kutani by Hayón 10.08.11

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Flamboyant Spanish designer Jaime Hayón has completed a range of decorated porcelain tableware for venerable Japanese firm Choemon. The range brings together Hayón's cartoony graphics with the deep, rich colours associated with Kutani-ware, a traditional Japanese porcelain dating back to the 17th century. Hayón was first invited to collaborate on a range of Kutani-ware by product design company Maruwakaya as part of its mission to reinvigorate Japanese crafts.

Kutani-ware was often used to tell stories, Hayón says: "The stories were fun and of their time. That is what I tried to portray with my graphics. I wanted to tell stories respecting the old Kutani style and looking at the DNA of it to achieve a style for the iPod era."

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It was the first time craftsmen at the 130-year-old company had worked with a foreign designer. Hayón's usual exuberance combines unexpectedly well with the simple, sober forms of the pieces, meaning the collection is uniformly playful without being cloying.

Hayón has made a habit of trying to breathe new life into old crafts and brands. In 2006 he was hired by Spanish porcelain manufacturer Lladró to refresh its range of objets d'art, and he has also collaborated with Fabergé and Baccarat. The range was unveiled at Designtide in Tokyo last year. It will be presented in Milan at the Rossana Orlandi Gallery and available for orders in April.

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