American Chateau: Room One by Jaime Hayón
and Nienke Klunder



The Rocking Hotdog is among new pieces by Jaime Hayón and Nienke Klunder that will be presented in an exhibition of their work in London next month.


Called American Chateau, the exhibition at Spring Projects consists of functional and non functional works inspired by American popular culture and  European craft.

Top image: The Rocking Hotdog. Above: NY is Miami


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Above: Holly on caramel Marble Table


Above: Limousine Table

American Chateau runs from 11th September – 22nd October 2009 at Spring Projects, 10 Spring Place, Spring House, London Nw5 3BH.

Below is an explanation of the exhibition from Spring Projects:


American Chateau Room One
A new commission by Jaime Hayon and Nienke Klunder

11th September – 22nd October 2009 at Spring Projects

Jaime Hayon and Nienke Klunder have worked together since meeting in Italy in 2003. American Chateau, is their first public collaborative exhibition. This new series of sculptural and two dimensional pieces is a creative departure for both artists, taking inspiration from the iconic cultural exports of the USA, (Nienke’s place of birth), and the opulence of 17th century European craftwork.

American Chateau comprises a collection of functional and non functional pieces. At first glance they look like custom made works for a palace from the 17th century, but on closer examination it becomes clear that the artifacts on show are not as we would expect; the classical marble busts of heroes and heroines which usually adorn such chateaus are replaced by a ‘Donut Madonna’ praying on her knees and a ‘The Rocking Hot Dog’, a large playful sculpture upon which the viewer sits, legs straddled. The centre-piece of the room is a sleek glossy table in the form of a limousine with legs made in the shape of an infamous fast food chain logo, finished to perfection by a master craftsman*. The ‘Donut Madonna’ with a doughnut face both celebrates and critiques the world of material longing, cultural influence and the need to consume. Executed by long-standing leaders in manufacture, the pieces are a fusion of two worlds, contradicting and complimenting each other at the same time; the works’ finish is high-quality and high-tech, although both artists take pride in their ‘hands-on approach’. The ‘Rocking Hot Dog, ‘which is fun to ride’, is produced by a Formula 1 body manufacturer. Jaime and Nienke’s pieces are the icons of the booming, fast-food American dream, a kind of Versailles meets Disneyland hybrid. This unusual juxtaposition transcends historical, social and contextual boundaries through its eclectic influences and overlapping of historical periods and high and low culture. It challenges the elite notions of art and design and gives them a frame of reference in contemporary everyday culture.

Spanish artist-designer Jaime Hayon was born in Madrid in 1974. As a teenager he submerged himself in skateboard culture and graffiti art, the foundation of the detailed, bold-yet-whimsical designs so distinctive in his work today. After studying industrial design in Madrid and Paris he joined Fabrica in 1997, working closely with legendary image maker and agitator Oliverio Toscani. In a short time he was promoted to the head of their design department, where he oversaw projects ranging from shops, restaurants, exhibition displays and designs to graphics. His wide client base spans diverse function and mediums, including furniture for B.D. Ediciones, a bathroom for ArtQuitect, lighting for Metalarte and Swarovski and objects for Bisazza and Baccarat. Jaime’s awards include: best installation (Icon Magazine), Breakthrough Creator (Wallpaper Magazine), 2006 Elle Deco International Award and in 2008 and Jaime was guest of honour at Belgium’s Interieur Biennial, the youngest person ever to receive the accolade.

His personal vision was first fully exposed in Mediterranean Digital Baroque at London’s David Gill Gallery, an exciting mise en scène, largely executed in ceramic, followed by Mon Cirque, which traveled to Frankfurt, Barcelona, Paris and Kuala Lumpur. These collections put Jaime at the forefront of a new wave of creators that blurred the lines between art, decoration and design and a renaissance in finely-crafted, intricate objects within the context of contemporary design culture.

Jaime further defined his vision in subsequent solo exhibitions and shows at major galleries, design and art fairs all over the globe. His work has been displayed at London’s Aram Gallery; Milan’s Salone de Mobile; Germany’s Vitra Museum, London’s Design Museum, Rotterdam’s Vivid Gallery and the Groninger Museum (Holland), and has attracted the attention of prestigious art collectors.

Jaime’s esteem and knowledge of artisan skills and his inherent creativity has allowed him to push the boundaries of contemporary design. Fantasy, Jaime’s collection of works produced with porcelain manufacturer Lladró, and this show, American Chateau, made in collaboration with artist Nienke Klunder marks a new direction in his work. Nienke Klunder, a Californian born and Dutch raised artist, graduated from the Breda Fine Art Academy and joined Fabrica for a residency in 2003. Since then she has exhibited in prominent galleries and art-spaces world wide, such as the Jen Bekman Gallery in New York, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Gallery Bertin-Toublanc in Paris/ Miami and the Centre of Contemporary Art in Barcelona (MACBA). Her work has been selected for ‘Descubrimientos’, Photo-España in Madrid, ‘The New Photographers 2007’, by Getty Images, as well as for the permanent collection at the Jumex Foundation. Her photographs have appeared in Colors, El Pais, Neo2, Pol Oxygen, Ojodepez, Adbusters, and The Financial Times.

She has a multi-disciplinary approach to her work; producing sculptures, drawings, installations and photographs, which she is most known for. Working mainly in sequences and series, she often uses self-portraiture to explore themes of identity and transformation. Her series are visual essays that are in turn comic, tragic, sexual and political. Moving between the roles of photographer and subject her work has the effect of a series of cinematic stills, each image containing a larger story. There are recurring themes: the female body where exaggerated breasts are given prominence as beauty and burden, grotesque yet sexual, both threatening and poignant. Both Artists are now London based.

Posted on Friday August 7th 2009 at 2:54 pm by Ali Morris. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Wow. WRT the rideable hotdog: the possibilities for bawdry remarks are kind of limitless.

  • Or even bawdy ones.


    to pink! its good for a mtv set. or brunos house.

  • great stuff Jaime + Nienke … wish I was there to see it, … keep on !

  • NICE! keep up the good work… best to Jaime and kisses to Nienke

  • Timo

    Tolle Wurst!

  • Simply the best, this two great designers will mark the 21st century.

  • designgurunyc

    As a great fan of Jaime Hayon I find this an interesting diversion from style for him. For me, Nienke Klunder is a little too eager to try many medias, not always with originality or success. There is a Jeff Koons sensibility about all of these pieces that gives a sacharin kitch and almost vulgar appeal. Personally I do not like them, I think the pieces are too derivative and lack the simplicity of Koons’ work, and are a little over-laboured. The difference between an artist and a designer (one of each in this case) dabbling in the field of art. (For me,) The limousine table would have been clever enough without the addition of the MacDonalds ‘M’ legs. Nonetheless, the palate is new and interesting and I am sure that these are all museum pieces already.

  • claudem

    those saussages…anyone?
    all in the name of art and design!
    cummon shock urself aint that a bit ridiculous! where are we heading!!
    americanata! sorry guys!

  • Kong

    looks like Postmodernism is preparing a comeback

  • tracy rowls

    Love it ! i am looking forward to see the rest of the works , it is hard to see in the site the details , but i like it very much, i agree with Kong is a little posmodernist but with a twist , i can see the work of klunder in the dark sculpture , i am great fan of her work , check the site , i wish more people will show this type of quality more often .! i am not the biggest fan of Hayon but i like his progression , i must admit he all ways surprise me . Muy bueno senor Jamie .!.

  • patrick

    …jeff koons does better copies of sausages.

  • Cr

    I totally agree with designgurunyc @ August 8th, 2009 at 12:14 pm except for the fact that I like this work a lot ! I really think Jaime Hayon is one of the very few refreshing designers nowdays.

    @dezeen : you do not have to be able to pronounce his name to write it correctly .. it is Jaime Hayon !

  • famul

    The entire contrary, this is absolutely disgraceful!
    I wish people will really think hard about all his designs and not just get impressed because he is all over. Press make him big, because he is designing / behaving entirely for it.
    People have some more judgement; don’t believe everything that the media tells you.

  • W

    A dash of Chapman Bros, topped with J Koons

    The danger of flirting with other mediums is they will always do it better.

  • evil dude

    let’s call him an artist and I’m fine with that. but talking about him as one of the designer marking the 21st century, – I don’t now, maybe as one of the most overhyped “designers” of the 21st century. :)

  • This style of design = take it OR leave it :)

    Francois Beydoun

  • tamara pereira

    dear Famul i wonder what you do but if you are a creator in any way, i fell you must learn about taste and quality , you sound so banal ,so jealous …please try to give a constructive comment , i am a teacher in a respected university and i will say you are the typical mediocre one ! , sorry if this hurts you , but someone needs to tell you , i can recognize the style of someone like you . for me this are very special works , they are different , and i can see a very good quality and energy on them , i dont like all hayon works but i can see he is a honest and a nice men , someone that enjoys and can show a good side of design .

  • W

    Loved his stunning bathroom range 5 yrs back.. just a danger that with success the designer becomes a parody of himself- maybe thats the point in this case?

  • i loved the bathroom as well as i loved the baccarat , the lladro collection , the shoes and the shops of camper , the restaurant in madrid , the ceccotti chair in milan this year and the bisazza installations a few years back .
    Mr. W , sorry but you are wrong ! , if you are into success you get to distracted , hayon has delight us with good quality work i hope he will continue like this for many years his not even 35 years old .

  • Hayden

    These are gonna look great in my Dubai starchitect blob.

  • W

    Shaito is it ok to have point of view? PS did you like the deer-head vase too?