Hailing from Valencia, Spain, Lladró is renowned for its handcrafted porcelain figurines, having been in the business for close to 70 years.
Each Lladró piece is delicately made by sculptors and craftsmen following an entirely handmade process that combines ancient techniques with an unmistakable palette of signature colours. From chemistry to modelling, carving, relief, etching and painting, a team of expert artists and designers keep age-old crafts and techniques alive in order to turn porcelain into dreams come true.
The brand released a truly creative collection, The Guest, which is a series of masterpieces that came to life through a collaboration with a host of artists. Kickstarted by Jaime Hayon in 2012, The Guest started off as a blank canvas, and have since had input from creatives such as Tim Biskup, Gary Baseman, Devilrobots, Henn Kim, Ricardo Cavolo, Supakitch and even Paul Smith, to name but a few.
This collaboration of artists from different disciplines with a brand like Lladró—that has its own rich history and artisanal processes—calls for a shared creative goal that has clearly been reached in all the projects carried. The maison’s profound knowledge of porcelain, the technical know-how of its team of decorators and artisans, and the close cooperation with the artists, have given rise to pieces that are surprising and fun, elegant and unique.
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The artisanal process behind The Guest, with the countless steps involved, proves just how rewarding and fruitful is the tandem between contemporary design and tradition. We take a look at these guests.