Spanish artist-designer Jaime Hayon was born in Madrid in 1974. After studying industrial design in Madrid and Paris he joined Fabrica in 1997 where he directed the design department until 2003. Hayon set up his own studio practice in the year 2000 and dedicated himself fully to his personal projects, today he is one of the most acclaimed creators worldwide.
Hayon’s esteem and knowledge of artisan skills and his inherent creativity have allowed him to push the boundaries of many mediums and functions, resulting in collections for very diverse clients. His concern for the conservation of craft skills has joined his path with high-end traditional companies concerned with the evolution of their work.
With offices in Italy, Spain, and Japan, Hayon’s main interest is to find challenges and new perspectives continuously. Hotel Barceló Torre De Madrid is one of his latest challenges.
Hotel Barceló Torre De Madrid
Jaime Hayon has accomplished many things in his career, creating products, art, and interiors that have firmly established him as world class talent but with the opening of the new Hotel Torre Madrid, he opens a new personal chapter. As a native Madrileño, the chance to create something unique for the Hotel Barceló group in one of the city’s most iconic buildings was an opportunity to bring his signature talents to his hometown.
“Iwas fully dedicated to the creation of a very special and unique space that would represent a new vision of Spain, a vision far from the traditional aesthetic, aside from being my hometown, for me Madrid represents Spain’s diversity and richness.”
Steeped in Spanish historical and cultural references, Hayon takes us on a visual journey through Spain’s past, mixing architectural details that evoke Roman arches and rich, jewel-like tones and finishes reminiscent of the Arabic and Moorish influences that have helped create the beauty of Spain.
The influences of the past are matched by an elegant design that unifies historic grandeur with a modern approach, amplifying the natural light and filling each space with some of the finest European brands of furniture, perfectly lit and furnished in a palette of colors that reflect the richness and warmth of Spain itself.
In the Torre Madrid, Hayon has created a magical space that will undoubtedly become a destination not just for visitors but for the people of Madrid.
This is a hotel that sits perfectly in a city that is home to the Prado, a museum level quality of materials and finishes combined with Hayon’s clever and thoughtful design brings a luxurious glamor to this iconic building at the very heart of the city.
Entering the lobby, you are greeted by an enormous sculpture of a bear, zebra striped in pattern and tipping his large brass top hat in welcome, a wonderfully surreal nod to the coat of arms of the city of Madrid but also uniquely Hayon in its joyful, energy and sophisticated execution.
This playful but imposing entrance sets the tone throughout, luxurious golden glazed ceramics, hang above the stunning Garra bar which features possibly the tallest drinks cabinet in the city, a cosmopolitan space of Romanesque arches, looking out to the city through windows that feature emblems of Spanish culture rendered as brass drawings.
Throughout the hotel, small sculptures, masks, multiple characters from the vivid imagination of Jaime Hayon populate the public spaces and hallways.
Each unique detail lends the ambiance of a boutique hotel but carried out on a scale across nine floors that only a truly grand hotel can provide.
The framed artwork on display was commissioned from the photographers Klunderbie who taking their cue from Jaime Hayon’s desire to showcase the richness and diversity of Spanish culture have created a series that combines deeply Spanish subjects; the bullfighter, the flamenco dress, palm trees, a variety of cultural icons and emblems with their unique painterly approach to making work that feels both exuberant and classically restrained, stark in beauty and rich in detail , the perfect complement to Hayon’s design.
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The furnishings and light fixture are the result of the many fruitful collaborations that Jaime Hayon has worked on in the last decade with some of Europe’s finest furniture brands and design houses.
The rooms are furnished with pieces by Fritz Hansen, &Tradition, Gubi, Arflex, Cassina, BD Barcelona, Parachilna lamps and more, each piece part of a unified design language that involved many expert craftsmen in bringing to fruition this dazzling interior.
Every corner of the hotel has been thoughtfully designed to create vignettes that balance a sophisticated aesthetic with comfort and luxury.
The curves of the sofa and chairs, the subtly elegant lighting, the sumptuousness of the colors, the wit and humor of the decorative details, across the hotel Hayon’s trademark ingenuity is on display at its most effective and appealing heights.
Since its construction in 1957, the Tower of Madrid has been a symbol of modern Madrid with 142 meters of height and its 34 floors. And now, with the opening of the Torre Madrid hotel across nine of those floors it boasts an interior that fully reflects its grandeur and location.
With the completion of this ambitious design, Jaime Hayon has given his hometown the ultimate compliment, a beautiful, unique space that pays homage to the wonder that is Madrid, creating a hotel to match the glamor of any of the grand cities of Europe.