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Paul Smith collaborates with Lladró

Paul Smith has joined forces with Lladró, the iconic Spanish company that is famous for its handcrafted porcelain figurines, for the design of the sixth volume of “The Guest” series. “The Guest” is an ongoing range of characters originally created by designer Jaime Hayon, inspired by Japanese art toys and standing somewhere between a porcelain figure and a piece of art. The series is conceived as an open invitation to the world’s most prominent artists and designers to lend a distinctive personality to the original figure. Apart from Jaime Hayon, Japanese studio Devilrobots, French illustrator Rolito, as well as American artists Tim Biskup and Gary Baseman have designed their own “Guests” in the past. Paul Smith, who is the first fashion designer to customize the figure, created for the occasion two special, fun-loving characters, scattered with Memphis-inspired confetti and covered with cat and dog masks. The new figurines, like the rest of the pieces in the “The Guest” collection, come in two sizes: large (52cm tall), in a limited edition of 250, and small (30cm), in a numbered series.

Paul Smith is a long-time porcelain lover and a big admirer of Lladró’s ability to modernize a thousand-year-old material using master artisanal processes. “I wanted an object that made happy any home,” says Paul Smith, who injected his trademark positivism and sense of humor into Lladró’s most playful and irreverent collection. “Lladró is impressive because all is made and painted by hand and every piece is created at their wonderful headquarters in Valencia. That’s becoming more and more rare in today’s highly computerized and mechanized world,” he continues. “The Guest” by Paul Smith will be available online at PaulSmith.co.uk and Lladro.com, as well as at selected Paul Smith and Lladró shops around the globe.