Jaime Hayon talks personal taste: Part One

Spanish artist-designer Jaime Hayon’s colourful, sometimes surreal creations have brought new dynamism to traditional luxury brands from Lladró to Baccarat

My personal style signifier is colourful footwear. I always have green shoes, blue shoes, coloured shoes – some that I designed for Camper [no longer available]. And I’ve always had glasses that are very colourful, too. My favourites are the chunky frames by Danilo Carraro. €95; Ottica Carraro, Calle della Mandola, 3706 San Marco, 30124 Venice (+3941-520 4258; www.otticacarraro.it).

Danilo Carraro glass frames, €95
Danilo Carraro glass frames, €95

The last thing I bought and loved was a jacket from Brooks Brothers. It’s a classic blue blazer, very sportivo, and it has this cut that’s extremely comfortable. It’s elegant, but you look at the inside and it has these little stripes of different colours, like the type of jacket you’d imagine they wear in clubs at Harvard, Yale, or Cambridge. It’s a uniform, very neutral on the outside, but with this surprise inside. 346 Madison Avenue at 44th Street, New York, NY 10017 (+1212-682 8800; www.brooksbrothers.com).

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The thing I’m eyeing next is a sculpture by the Chinese artist Chen Wenling. I saw it at a gallery in Shanghai and I made an offer – which I hope they accept. It’s a great piece of art: a bronze installation with pigs performing circus tricks. He’s becoming more successful, but is still affordable. J Art Gallery, Building 9, 140 Tianlin Road, Xuhui Creative Industrial Park, Shanghai (+8621-3367 6516; www.shanghaigalleryofjart.com).

Acqua di Colonia by Santa Maria Novella, £74 for 100ml
Acqua di Colonia by Santa Maria Novella, £74 for 100ml

The grooming staple I’m never without is Acqua di Colonia by Santa Maria Novella, which is a very old perfume. I would say that it’s the most iconic scent for me. It smells of citrus and was created for Catherine de Medici. £74 for 100ml; www.smnovella.it.

Mahou beer, about £5 for four
Mahou beer, about £5 for four

The last meal that truly impressed me was at Canalla Bistro in Valencia. There was a dessert that looked like a perfect peach picked from a tree, with the texture of the skin and leaf. It tasted like a peach. But it wasn’t one – it was a beautiful ice cream inside and the leaves were mint. Surreal. Calle del Maestro José Serrano 5, Valencia (+3496-374 0509; www.canallabistro.com).

Canalla Bistro in Valencia
Canalla Bistro in Valencia

The books on my bedside table are… neglected, at the moment. Lately, I’m reading less and drawing more; it’s the last thing that I do at night. But I have been reading Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture by Carl E Schorske – it’s about the Austrian architect Josef Hoffman’s style and the Viennese Secession, and how the palaces were built in opposition to the generation of classicists. It was an amazing period; you had these crazy guys trying to be modern in the middle of classical Vienna.

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In my fridge you’ll always find beer. I like Mahou, a Spanish brand that reminds me of draught beer from Japan. My favourite Japanese make is Kirin. You will always find small pickles, such as cornichons, in my fridge. I put them in everything. Kirin, about £1.49 for one bottle;www.kirin.co.jp. Mahou, about £5 for four; www.mahou-sanmiguel.com.

An unforgettable place I’ve travelled to in the past year is the National Park called Timanfaya, on the volcanic island of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. Timanfaya erupted in the 1700s; the landscape is like Mars… red, blue, yellow, extremely intense colours. You book a walk three months in advance and go with an expert, a vulcanologist. It’s an active volcano, very scary – and inspirational, in terms of nature.

The last music I downloaded was an album of the latest hits of Kronos Quartet, and also the last album from a band called Rodrigo y Gabriela, two guitarists from Mexico who went to Cuba and made an album with a Cuban orchestra (Area 52, by Rodrigo y Gabriela and CUBA). They used to play in the streets of Barcelona, just to get some money to live. They no longer need to do that because they’re now huge – they did the music for Pirates of the Caribbean. Super-smart people, and extremely good musicians. www.kronosquartet.org. www.rodgab.com.

My favourite websites are Disegno magazine – the editorials are interesting and the articles are well written – and Homeaway. The latter has loads of houses all over the world, and you can select exactly what you want by saying, “I’m travelling with my kids”, or “I want a peaceful holiday in the sun”, or “I need nice architecture”. You can rent a place for one day or a year. I went to Denmark and got the most beautiful apartment in the centre, overlooking a palace. www.disegnodaily.com. www.homeaway.com.

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