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Hayden Youlley

I adore the contraction posed by each piece of Hayden’s work.

Porcelain to me has always been such a perfect material, flawless and pristine, but Haydens work pushes the boundaries of what we expect from this material. His pieces are perfect because of their imperfections. They challenge what you see with what you know, and create a stunningly beautiful object in the process.

Please enjoy the work of artist Hayden Youlley.

Image © Yasmin Gimellaro / Hermit Homewares

Artist Name: Hayden Youlley

Artist Location: Marrickville, NSW Australia

Type of Work – Medium: Handmade porcelain tableware and lighting

How would you describe your style of work?

My work is clean, refined, delicate and minimal. I believe that design has the power to make everyday reality enjoyable, easier and beautiful. I aim to facilitate pure enjoyment in use. I believe that form follows function and I consider form to be a subsequent but equally important consideration.

Are you formally educated or self-taught?

I completed a Bachelor of Design from the College of Fine Arts UNSW. My education focused mainly on conceptual development. I also learned practical skills throughout my degree. Over the years, I have been able to develop them and my aesthetic to a point where I can now fully realise my ideas – from first sketches to final prototype and into small – scale handmade production.

Who or what inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?

I look for inspiration in everyday textures and forms that often go unnoticed. The Paper Series makes use of a simple creased paper form. This form is cast in porcelain, making what was once fragile and temporary, robust and permanent.

The Paper Series is about using porcelain to create a tactile experience. The simple random distribution of creases in the paper surface of the objects creates complex patters of light, shade and texture that disturb the smooth surrounds and invite study and touch.

Image © Yasmin Gimellaro / Hermit Homewares

Where can readers see / buy your work?

You can contact me directly and view my current stockists on my website

Do you have any words of advice for aspiring artists / creators?

If you have a great idea and want to start a business don’t think about it just do it! Be creative, have fun and enjoy the hard work and its rewards.

Hayden latest work is a collaboration that sees his return to object design with the Tree Lamp.

Silver Service

Silverware is something we use everyday without a second thought. I bet these pieces would demand your attention though.

Natural Cutlery by spanish design studio Yonoh Estudio Creativo combines silver and wood to create a fresh take on traditional silverware. The design is understated and beautiful, and the collection incorporates utensils from various cultures to suit our modern-day lifestyle and multiculturalism.

Isn’t it time you started planning your next dinner party?


The Hermitage – Borgo Santo Pietro – Tuscany

Tuscany is one of those dream locations for a vacation, rolling vineyards, delicious food and gorgeous stone villages. Escape with me to the rustic beauty of Borgo Santo Pietro.


Party Time

Give any child a balloon and they will be happy for hours, days even, depending on how long that little bubble of air can with stand play time.

Now imagine how delighted any child would be to have one of these balloon lights in their bedroom. Forever floating, never popping, just like a permanent party in their room. I imagine voices so excited they would be as high-pitched as though on helium!

There are two separate designs that I could find, both come in either a wall or ceiling mount and are activated by pulling the balloon string, design so simple yet so ingenious! Choose from either Crous Calogero white design or the various colours and sizes from Boris Klimek. Which design do you prefer?

 Balloon 2011 by Crous Calogero for Spanish brand Estiluz

“Memory” Lights by Boris Klimek for Brokis

i Dad

Be the Apple of Dad’s eye this Fathers Day with these super cool iPhone and iPod accessories.

Someone has to be the favourite child right?!

Snooze iphone alarm clock by Distil Union

Native Union Moshi Moshi Curve Bluetooth Wireless Handset and iphone Dock via Amazon

iHome Portable Boombox for iphone / ipod via Amazon

Clock Radio for Ipod and Iphone by ilive electronics

Retro cool Cdock

The Turntable iphone Dock by Olivier Meynard

(Alas not sure if this is in production yet… sorry for the tease, it was too cool not to share!)

ibox by Thodio

Megaphone by en&is

Sounds on Sunday – Bittersweet Memories by Feist

I love this track by Feist, but I totally adore the concept behind the video clip.

Argentinian photographer Irina Werning uses old photographs as inspiration for her portraits. Her subjects recreate a moment in their past, re-live a memory while creating a new one.

A cute, fun concept that everyone could try for themselves. Fancy a trip down memory lane this weekend?