WELCOME TO THE GUEST
WELCOME TO THE GUEST
“Today, art’s ability to make us dream, imagine, reflect and even aspire is really important. Artistic explorations increasingly evince this special way of projecting ourselves in realities that move us and make us feel.”-Jaime Hayon.
Can an artwork in porcelain have many faces, come from different countries and express itself in varied iconographic languages? Can it be the work of a single artist and at the same time the sum of many? The answer is yes, and it is known as The Guest.
The Guest is Lladró’s most captivating character. Ever since its creation ten years ago by the renowned designer Jaime Hayon, The Guest has been a blank canvas on which celebrated artists have intervened to tell all kinds of stories.
After seducing Hayon, the passion for detail of Lladró artisans has also won over Paul Smith, Tim Biskup, Devilrobots, Gary Baseman, Rolito…. These and other artists are invited to join a party of concepts, designs and colors, applied on the same canvas: an irreverent yet distinguished sculpture which has become a 21st-century icon.
Today these collaborations continue to demonstrate that tradition is open to experimentation and can take the most unexpected and conceptual paths.
HANDCRAFTED IN SPAIN
The collaborations of artists from different disciplines with a brand like Lladró, with its own unique artisan processes, calls for a shared creative goal that has clearly been reached by all the projects carried out to date. Its profound knowledge of porcelain, the technical kanow-how of its team of decorators and artisans, and the close cooperation with the artist, have given rise to pieces which are surprising and fun, elegant and ground-breaking.
The artisan process behind The Guest, with the cpuntless steps involved, proves just how rewarding and fruitful the tandem between contemporany design and tradition is.
“Understanding, appreciating and learning from artisanship has always been a crucial part of my work, which is a mix of tradition and culture. To preserve this source of learning it is necessary to couple it with design, with a view to advancing artisan techniques and to contextualizing their value in the present”, Jaime Hayon tells us.