Jaime Hayon conjures a world of folklore and fantasy for Caesarstone

Jaime Hayon’s ’Stone Age Folk’
Launched at IDS Toronto, Jaime Hayon’s ’Stone Age Folk’ is an experimental furniture installation created with Caesarstone.
(Image credit: Vicky Lam)

The possibility inherent in Caesarstone’s magnificent wares appears to be endless. Over a number of years, the quartz titan has fashioned swings, vases, a stone garden and elemental kitchens (created with Tom Dixon) as part of its yearly series of design collaborations. There is always great anticipation surrounding the unveiling of which coveted creative will helm the annual project, and the how they will transform these functional surfaces into architecture, art and more.

This year it’s the turn of Jaime Hayon. The Spanish designer revealed a collection of seven fantastical furniture pieces, imbued with his trademark whimsical style, in an installation titled ‘Stone Age Folk’ at IDS Toronto last week.

Sketch of Hayon’s initial ideas for the range.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Hayon Studio)

Sketch of Hayon's initial ideas for the range.

Each piece embodies a different character in Hayon’s kingdom. Taking cues from the folklore of various cultures, the set includes tables cut out in the shape of birds, sat alongside cabinets and mirrors reminiscent of the primitive mask mirror he created for the brand back in 2015.

Described by Hayon as a ‘combination of ideas, from folklore to fauna to colour to material to stone to furniture’, the ambitious collection's abstract features and patterns are intricate adaptations of Caesarstone’s fine marquetry, yet again pushed to its creative limits.

Jaime Hayon with ’Face Mirror’.

Jaime Hayon with 'Face Mirror'.

(Image credit: Liah Chesnokov)

And this is just the beginning. Hayon, like Caesarstone's past design collaborators, will be upping his game for Salone del Mobile, with a large-scale installation of the pieces at the enchanting Palazzo Serbelloni. Watch this space.

The folklore of various cultures.

The range takes cues from the folklore of various cultures.

(Image credit: Vicky Lam)

A preview of Hayon’s concept

A preview of Hayon’s concept for Salone del Mobile

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For more information, visit the Caesarstone websiteInterior Design Show website and Hayon Studio website

Sujata Burman is a writer and editor based in London, specialising in design and culture. She was Digital Design Editor at Wallpaper* before moving to her current role of Head of Content at London Design Festival and London Design Biennale where she is expanding the content offering of the showcases. Over the past decade, Sujata has written for global design and culture publications, and has been a speaker, moderator and judge for institutions and brands including RIBA, D&AD, Design Museum and Design Miami/. In 2019, she co-authored her first book, An Opinionated Guide to London Architecture, published by Hoxton Mini Press, which was driven by her aim to make the fields of design and architecture accessible to wider audiences.