Jaime Hayon x OCTAEVO
How would you define your artistic style?
Personal, free, lively, colorful and with a wink of humor.
What is your creative approach when facing new projects?
I establish a theme that I am attracted to and ideas start evolving around this narrative. I sketch endlessly and search for codes and approaches that I feel are fresh and exciting for me.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Everywhere, anywhere: nature, anthropology, lost worlds and small details are very important for my inspiration.
What is the importance of experimentation and playfulness in your life, and how do you integrate it into your work?
“Learning by doing” is my way of moving forward. I like taking risks and to explore new languages. The need for play is part of my personality and inevitable, it’s very important for me to have fun with what I do.
"Since ancient times until today the Mediterranean is a melting pot, it is always part of my work."
What unique opportunities have you experienced as a result of choosing to become an artist & designer?
I have had the opportunity to travel, to meet people from many cultures and to appreciate how each culture approaches realities and dreams differently. It gave me the possibility to engage in a large variety of projects, from products, to interiors, to art, furniture and all sorts of things. New challenges keep me motivated.
How do you balance work and personal life?
I don’t try to balance – it’s all part of the same pack. When I am with my kids though, I do try to fully dedicate time to them.
Your best kept Mediterranean secret: Valencia.
The thing you can’t live without while working on a project: My sketchbooks and pencils.
Currently obsessed with: Creativity.
Three greatest influences: Art, food & humor.
Favorite space to work: Cafes, planes & trains.
If you weren’t a designer, you’d be: An artist.
Biggest creative risk you’ve taken in your career: Leaving the security of a well-paid job to do my own thing.