Magis was born in August 1976 and just a few weeks later, the company at the Milan Furniture Fair appeared (in those days it was held in September). Since then, each year it has participated in the Fair to present its new products. And obviously, also this year Magis is bringing along its new things, however not like in the past as projects in the prototype stage, but as finished products. This is good news: the sign of a mature company. Now there is no longer the slightest shadow of doubt connected to the transmutation from prototype to product. Thatâ€™s a risk thatâ€™s often slithering around the Magis products, because it always works on the edge, exploring the outer limits of technology to an extent where precious few other design manufacturers go. Twenty-one new products for the 2006 Fair, concluding a three-year design cycle that resulted in perhaps the best annual harvest that Magis has ever reaped in its 30-year existence.
Spanish artist-designer Jaime Hayón was born in Madrid in 1974.After studying industrial design in Madrid and Paris he joined Fabrica – the Italian design and communications research centre founded by Benetton – in 1997, directing the design department until 2003. Hayon set up his own studio practice in 2000, and dedicated himself fully to his personal projects from 2003 onwards. Today he is one of the most acclaimed creators across the globe.Hayon’s esteem and knowledge of artisan skills and his inherent creativity have allowed him to push the boundaries of many media and functions, resulting in collections for a diverse range of clients. His interest in the conservation of craft skills has led his path to converge with those of high-end traditional companies who care about the evolution of their work. He has created furniture ranges for Fritz Hansen, Magis, Established and Sons, Bisazza, B.D. Barcelona, Se London, Bernhardt Design, Ceccotti and Moooi. Hayon has also designed various lighting collections for Metalarte and in collaboration with Swarovski and Baccarat. He has created accessories for Piper Heidsieck, Gaia and Gino and The Rug Company. In 2013 he designed his first wristwatch collection for the new Swiss watch brand OROLOG. These collections have put Jaime at the forefront of a new wave of creators who blur the lines between art, decoration and design, and of a renaissance in finely-crafted, intricate objects in the context of contemporary design culture.
In addition to his acclaimed intramurals for Madrid’s La Terraza del Casino restaurant and Camper footwear stores, Jaime is currently working on interiors for leading hotels, restaurants and retail establishments around the world that have become platforms for the creation of special objects and both functional and non functional elements.His work has appeared in the most prestigious art and design publications worldwide, and he has won numerous awards. Time magazine declared Hayon to be one of the 100 most relevant creators of our time, and Wallpaper magazine has also listed him as one of the most influential creators.With offices in Italy, Spain and Japan, Hayon’s main interest is to keep finding new perspectives and challenges.