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Williams Sonoma / Michael Mina / BBQ / Cocktails / Summer, 2017

Photography: Anson Smart, Food Styling: George Dolese, Prop & Set Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc 

Photography: Anson Smart, Food Styling: George Dolese, Prop & Set Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc 

Photography: Anson Smart, Food Styling: George Dolese, Prop & Set Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Anson Smart, Food Styling: George Dolese, Prop & Set Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Anson Smart, Food Styling: George Dolese, Prop & Set Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Anson Smart, Food Styling: George Dolese, Prop & Set Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Anson Smart, Food Styling: George Dolese, Prop & Set Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Anson Smart, Food Styling: George Dolese, Prop & Set Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Anson Smart, Food Styling: George Dolese, Prop & Set Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Anson Smart, Food Styling: George Dolese, Prop & Set Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

For Williams Sonoma, Marcus was excited to join the team to work with Michael Mina, Michael Mina is an award-winning chef, restaurateur and cookbook author whose name has been synonymous with bold food and memorable dining for more than two decades. He is the creator of Michael Mina, his signature restaurant in San Francisco, CA. In 2002, along with partner Andre Agassi, he founded Mina Group, which today includes nearly 30 dining concepts, including Bardot Brasserie in Las Vegas, Stonehill Tavern in Southern California and the forthcoming Margeaux Brasserie in Chicago. His new collection of seasonings and relishes are inspired by the creations he serves at Bourbon Pub in Santa Clara, CA, a gathering place where he puts his spin on classic pub fare.

Also that week we photographed some amazing cocktail and outdoor kitchen spreads, really getting into the spirit of Summer.

Images here are photographed by the wonderful Anson Smart. Food Styling and mean burger wrangling by George Dolese.  

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West Elm / June Catalog, 2017

Left: Cover of June Catalog, Right: A collection of new vases, Photography: Paul Raeside, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc 

Left: Cover of June Catalog, Right: A collection of new vases, Photography: Paul Raeside, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc 

Photography: Paul Raeside, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Paul Raeside, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Paul Raeside, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Paul Raeside, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Paul Raeside, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Paul Raeside, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Paul Raeside, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Paul Raeside, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Paul Raeside, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Paul Raeside, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Paul Raeside, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Paul Raeside, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Marcus got to work once again with the amazing Photographer Paul Raeside on these exciting new pages for West Elm in their brand new studio at Industry City in Brooklyn. Working with a massive set of a townhouse with many rooms, Marcus helped create the look of these sets and choose all the colors for this series of shots and more coming up with a very sophisticated color palette that spoke to a European esthetic. 

Wanting to embrace a feeling of Modern Italian, It's a genre that Marcus feels right at home with. Marcus brought to the shoot a lot of his sculptural pieces and art that helped complement the wide range of new accessories, art and furniture available at West Elm. 

Look out for more shots in the coming months. 

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Better Homes & Gardens / Color / Sea Shades

Photography: Kat Teutsch, Styling and Art Direction: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc 

Photography: Kat Teutsch, Styling and Art Direction: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc 

Out takes from the shoot, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc 

Out takes from the shoot, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc 

For the June issue of Better Homes & Gardens, Marcus was asked to pair up once again with the wonderful Photographer Kat Teutsch to work on a series of color trend related stories. You can see more to follow in the comings months. This time the subject matter was Sea Shades.

Having grown up near the beach most of my childhood and being very lucky to do so, This months Color Story was close to my heart reminding me of my earlier life in Sydney, Australia. Here at SMH, Inc we just love shades of blues and greens and nautical themes. Coral fans are just so magical and when paired with glass and driftwood, a still life comes alive, you can almost smell the ocean breeze.

 

 

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Design Within Reach / New Mover Brochure / May, 2017

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc 

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc 

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

For a recent promotion, Design Within Reach worked with Marcus and his team on creating these fun "moving-in" images that ended up being used in a brochure sent out to DWR customers with helpful info on all their services available when you have moved into a new home like Complimentary Design Consultation, In home visit's to discuss the space and 3D renderings of your room. 

We planned the shot by using the Arena sofa on the cover as it had just appeared in a new space, surrounded by boxes and other move in items like take out coffees and lunch, just like it is when you move into a new home which can often mean eating on the run and dealing with the often overwhelming task of unpacking, something us prop stylists and photo teams are actually used to dealing with every week, we thrive in chaos and we did feel familiar and "at home" styling this shoot but for most others it's great to know there is help available. Fergus, the Creative Director, Michael Sainato's very cute Corgi made a guest appearance and finished the shot off very nicely for us. We then "unpacked" everything and created the room as it would be finished in the same space which can be seen in the other shots.

It was a really fun shoot to work on and great to work with the team again including Photographer, Jim Bastardo

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Better Homes & Gardens / Color / Peony Pinks

Photography: Kat Teutsch, Styling and Art Direction: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Kat Teutsch, Styling and Art Direction: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Out takes from the shoot, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc 

Out takes from the shoot, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc 

For the May issue of Better Homes & Gardens, Marcus was asked to pair up once again with the wonderful Photographer Kat Teutsch to work on a series of color trend related stories. You can see more to follow in the comings months. This time the subject matter was Peony Pinks.

Peonies are native to Asia, Europe and Western North America. Scientists differ on the number of species that can be distinguished ranging from 25 to 40, They have compound deeply lobed leaves and large, often fragrant flowers, in colors ranging from purple red, pink to white or yellow, in late spring and early summer. The peony is among the longest-used flowers in Eastern culture, In 1903, the Qing dynasty declared the peony as the national flower.

We don't know anyone who does not love this flower and they are always such a pleasure to work with although they can be unpredictable, they can go from tightly bunched like small balls to overflowing and petals dropping within a few hours, Actually in this shoot it was the lighter Peonies that decided to open earlier than the darker ones as you ca see in the picture.

 

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Garnet Hill / Spring, 17

Photography: Kate Sears, Prop Styling: Carin Scheve, Soft Styling: Scott Scharenbroich, Art Direction: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Kate Sears, Prop Styling: Carin Scheve, Soft Styling: Scott Scharenbroich, Art Direction: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Kate Sears, Prop Styling: Carin Scheve, Soft Styling: Scott Scharenbroich, Art Direction: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Kate Sears, Prop Styling: Carin Scheve, Soft Styling: Scott Scharenbroich, Art Direction: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Kate Sears, Prop Styling: Carin Scheve, Soft Styling: Scott Scharenbroich, Art Direction: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Kate Sears, Prop Styling: Carin Scheve, Soft Styling: Scott Scharenbroich, Art Direction: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Kate Sears, Prop Styling: Carin Scheve, Soft Styling: Scott Scharenbroich, Art Direction: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Kate Sears, Prop Styling: Carin Scheve, Soft Styling: Scott Scharenbroich, Art Direction: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Kate Sears, Prop Styling: Carin Scheve, Soft Styling: Scott Scharenbroich, Art Direction: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Kate Sears, Prop Styling: Carin Scheve, Soft Styling: Scott Scharenbroich, Art Direction: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Kate Sears, Prop Styling: Carin Scheve, Soft Styling: Scott Scharenbroich, Art Direction: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Kate Sears, Prop Styling: Carin Scheve, Soft Styling: Scott Scharenbroich, Art Direction: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Kate Sears, Prop Styling: Carin Scheve, Soft Styling: Scott Scharenbroich, Art Direction: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Kate Sears, Prop Styling: Carin Scheve, Soft Styling: Scott Scharenbroich, Art Direction: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Kate Sears, Prop Styling: Christina Lane, Soft Styling: Scott Scharenbroich, Art Direction: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Kate Sears, Prop Styling: Christina Lane, Soft Styling: Scott Scharenbroich, Art Direction: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Kate Sears, Prop Styling: Christina Lane, Soft Styling: Scott Scharenbroich, Art Direction: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Kate Sears, Prop Styling: Christina Lane, Soft Styling: Scott Scharenbroich, Art Direction: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

For the Spring Catalog for Garnet Hill, Marcus ventured up to Exeter, New Hampshire to Garnet Hill's new location to Art Direct. It was great to meet all the new team players and work in their brand new studio. 

Marcus oversaw 2 teams, The work above is from his team with talented Photographer, Kate Sears, The ever amazing Stylist's Props: Carin Scheve and Soft Styling: Scot Scharenbroich.

Working with some wonderful new product including a new range by Judy Ross, Marcus and the team embraced just the tiniest bit of Costa Rica where the fashion team shot the fashion portion which is also featured in the Spring Catalog out now.

 

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Design Within Reach / 57th Street Store / NYC / Office Space Fit Out

Photography: SMH, Inc

Photography: SMH, Inc

Concepts designed by SMH, Inc

Concepts designed by SMH, Inc

Photography: SMH, Inc

Photography: SMH, Inc

Photography: SMH, Inc

Photography: SMH, Inc

Concepts designed by SMH, Inc

Concepts designed by SMH, Inc

Photography: SMH, Inc

Photography: SMH, Inc

Photography: SMH, Inc

Photography: SMH, Inc

Concepts designed by SMH, Inc

Concepts designed by SMH, Inc

Photography: SMH, Inc

Photography: SMH, Inc

Photography: SMH, Inc

Photography: SMH, Inc

Concepts designed by SMH, Inc

Concepts designed by SMH, Inc

Photography: SMH, Inc

Photography: SMH, Inc

Photography: SMH, Inc

Photography: SMH, Inc

This month Marcus and the team at SMH, Inc was asked to conceptualize and style four distinct office spaces in the Design Within Reach flagship store, on 57th & 3rd Avenue, New York. In order to showcase some of DWR's beautiful pieces, Marcus came up with four spaces inspired loosley by late fashion editor and design connoisseur, Diane Vreeland, a contemporary Eco Designer, the late American Architect, Philip Johnson and an eclectic diarist and photographer - choosing paint colors, artwork and props that would reflect each personality. Visit the store to view the spaces, we'd love know what you think!

Many Thanks to our product partners that helped us out with supplying some of the beautiful props and art for the space Tappan, Santimetre Studio and Kikkerland. 

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Inspiring Icons / Blossom Dearie

Left: Image from Flora Photographer, Warwick Orme, Floranova, beautiful images you can purchase prints of. Right: The amazing later portrait by Bruce Weber of Blossom. 

Left: Image from Flora Photographer, Warwick Orme, Floranova, beautiful images you can purchase prints of. Right: The amazing later portrait by Bruce Weber of Blossom. 

Glasses by Moscot, Bird Illustration by Andrew Lyons for Strong 

Glasses by Moscot, Bird Illustration by Andrew Lyons for Strong 

Glasses by Moscot, Bird Illustration by Andrew Lyons for Strong 

Glasses by Moscot, Bird Illustration by Andrew Lyons for Strong 

Images largely from Ist dibs 

Images largely from Ist dibs 

Blossom Dearie’s dreamy and delicate voice first captured my attention as a child, It might have been my mother who introduced me as she had a taste for jazz and with access as a child to the jazz section at the local library where you could also borrow music, I also from a young age developed this same desire to bury deep into the libraries jazz collection. Blossom Dearie first struck me with her actual birth name, which is just so beautiful and really captured the spirit of her voice, which I have to say is like no other. There is a very simple but sensual, honest and jazzy spring like sound to her voice, some may say it’s girly and shrill but it was way cleverer than that.

 

On all the album covers I saw as a child, Blossom was sporting a pair of 1950’s cats eye glasses and she was dressed in that 1950’s style which looked very prim and proper but also kinda chic in a school mistress way, My other obsession was watching old movies on a Sunday afternoon so I’d seen lot’s of evidence in this style of fashion from old Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield (except maybe they showed a bit more cleavage?)  As a child I was obsessed with 1950’s America, A friend of my parents had given me a pile of 1950’s Life Magazines and I poured over every page. I’d wear converse sneakers, stove pipe my trousers and wear my hair in a quiff, like an extra out of Happy Days. I think my Dad thought I was slightly mad, I was almost mimicking his own childhood when it authentically happened the first time around.   

 

Based in New York almost entirely her whole life with some time spent in Paris in the 1950’s, She was a regular at the New York supper clubs in the 1960’s and settling down in an apartment in Greenwich Village till she died in 2009 at age 84. She performed almost right up until her passing largely at the now closed Danny’s Skylight Room.

 

It is in this apartment I believe a shot was photographed for her Daffodil Records 1977 double album “Winchester in Apple Blossom Time” The 1970’s had changed her look quite radically and she almost looked younger with her flowing blond hair in those days then she did early in her career, maybe it’s because she had lost the signature glasses but she evoked the spirit if that time in her interior which has always fascinated me. In the 1970’s a more Bohemian look was the rage and Blossom had decorated the space with global nods, rattan baskets filled with ostrich eggs on a entirely glass coffee table, potted plants, galleries of Indian and tribal art, Raw blocks of wood as side tables. It’s decorated in an understated simple way but rich with character, not unlike her amazing voice itself.

 

Bruce Weber shot the classic shot of Blossom at the piano with an oversized poodle and it could have been one of her last shots. It’s actually quite difficult to find shots or a lot of information about Blossom, She was by nature extremely independent person who zealously guarded her privacy. New Yorks Times writer, Stephan Holden said it best “An interpretive minimalist with caviar taste in songs and musicians, she was a genre unto herself. Rarely raising her sly, kittenish voice, Ms. Dearie confided song lyrics in a playful style below whose surface layers of insinuation lurked”

Please check out Blossom's work. This article is designed for this blog only. All images are credited where possible, Please advise if any images need further credits or details. 

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Pottery Barn/ April Catalog, 2017

Photography: John Merkl, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc 

Photography: John Merkl, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc 

Photography: John Merkl, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: John Merkl, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Sketch Pad, The scheme created by Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Sketch Pad, The scheme created by Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: John Merkl, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: John Merkl, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: John Merkl, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: John Merkl, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: John Merkl, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: John Merkl, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

In November last year, Marcus travelled back to San Francisco to work with The Pottery Barn Team on their April Catalog.

Recently Pottery Barn has included some exciting Pottery Barn makeovers in their catalogs, giving people the opportunity see their living spaces in a whole new light using Pottery Barn product to makeover one of their living spaces. Marcus was assigned the project of working with a lovely couple Sterling and Cassie on their cottage in Hayward, San Francisco. Sterling and Cassie have two adorable daughters and due having such a busy time with young kids they often don't have a lot of time to decorate. Marcus spent some time working on a plan as seen on the pages above using product available in the current catalog. Repainting the space from a dirty yellow to fresh white and a duck egg blue freshened the place straight away. Marcus also created a gallery of art including photo's of the family selected by marcus and Cassie for the space, It was a big transformation that took many weeks in the planning but everybody was very happy with the end results.

On the same week, Marcus also shot some outdoor shots in an amazing property in Marin and helped create the look for the impending Summer which always comes earlier in California! A fun week had by all, It was great t work with talented Photographer John Merkl and Art Director Yu Me Compton.

You can also watch the video here

  

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Eyes on: Tulya Madra / Santimetre Studio

Left: Inside the New York Store, Slip cast porcelains on display, Right: At the Porcelain Studio in Ayvalik, Turkey, moulds await on shelves for their use in the studio. Images courtesy of Santimetre Studio

Left: Inside the New York Store, Slip cast porcelains on display, Right: At the Porcelain Studio in Ayvalik, Turkey, moulds await on shelves for their use in the studio. Images courtesy of Santimetre Studio

Left: Clockwise: Some examples of the studios work, The Turkish coastline, At the Porcelain Studio in Ayvalik, Turkey, Plated food from Neolokal on one of Santimetre's pieces, Right: At the Porcelain Studio in Ayvalik, Turkey, Images courtesy of Neolokal and Santimetre Studio

Left: Clockwise: Some examples of the studios work, The Turkish coastline, At the Porcelain Studio in Ayvalik, Turkey, Plated food from Neolokal on one of Santimetre's pieces, Right: At the Porcelain Studio in Ayvalik, Turkey, Images courtesy of Neolokal and Santimetre Studio

Left: Broken pieces show the range of amazing colors, Right: Inside the store in Turkey, Image courtesy of Marie Claire Maison, Other images courtesy of Santimetre Studio

Left: Broken pieces show the range of amazing colors, Right: Inside the store in Turkey, Image courtesy of Marie Claire Maison, Other images courtesy of Santimetre Studio

Left: A collection of the ceramics, Right: Clockwise: The boats of Ayvalik, Pastel plates, Color studies in the form of small bowls, this is actually the way Tulya tests her glazes and clay, Under the sea in Ayvalik, Turkey. Image courtesy of Santimetre Studio

Left: A collection of the ceramics, Right: Clockwise: The boats of Ayvalik, Pastel plates, Color studies in the form of small bowls, this is actually the way Tulya tests her glazes and clay, Under the sea in Ayvalik, Turkey. Image courtesy of Santimetre Studio

Left: Above: Right: Inside the store in Turkey, Image courtesy of Marie Claire Maison, Below: Ocean greens in what Tulya a pirates treasure, Image courtesy of Santimetre Studio Right: The store front in Soho, NYC, Image courtesy of The Local Artisan Guide.

Left: Above: Right: Inside the store in Turkey, Image courtesy of Marie Claire Maison, Below: Ocean greens in what Tulya a pirates treasure, Image courtesy of Santimetre Studio Right: The store front in Soho, NYC, Image courtesy of The Local Artisan Guide.

Left: Clockwise: Turkish tiles, Assos Large plate in pink, Limoge plate in Wedgewood blue, The beach in Ayvalik Right: Moon mini plate in green, Images courtesy of Santimetre Studio and Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc.

Left: Clockwise: Turkish tiles, Assos Large plate in pink, Limoge plate in Wedgewood blue, The beach in Ayvalik Right: Moon mini plate in green, Images courtesy of Santimetre Studio and Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc.

Left: Tulya creates these amazing still lives of her personal history as seen here, Right: Clockwise: Tulya Madra, First prototypes in Mountain series, Jumbo low bowl in spanish red and Fall/ Winter 17 colors on display, Images courtesy of Santimetre Studio

Left: Tulya creates these amazing still lives of her personal history as seen here, Right: Clockwise: Tulya Madra, First prototypes in Mountain series, Jumbo low bowl in spanish red and Fall/ Winter 17 colors on display, Images courtesy of Santimetre Studio

Started in 2009 with a close friend, Tulya Madra started her ceramic business in a small town on the Aegean Coast in Turkey, back and forth over the years, she now resides in New York and has expanded her creative and ceramic world to Soho, New York where the cutest store on Thompson Street houses her designs and a small studio at the rear of the store where new ideas are born.

 

Santimetre means Centimeter in Turkish, A centimeter is approximately the width of the fingernail of an average adult person, Internationally the centimeter remains a practical unit of length for many everyday measurements, Like the centimeter, Tulya likes to keep the business small and precise but strongly independent and focused. 

 

Many of Tulya’s designs are based on her personal experiences and stories growing up in Turkey, In her shared family home where collected ceramics from many different sides of the family migrated and were housed, she remembers as a child fondly the silhouette’s of these much used collated pieces from all different era’s and then through her process of design she illuminates them in her adult life into new shapes and forms. Taking this detour through the past and choosing reminiscent forms as the sources for inspiration means Tulya embraces the culture deeply rooted in geography and social landscapes. Her experience in both interior and furniture design are also big influences and a layer seen obviously in her work. Color plays a big part and you can see from the Studio's work that they are color technicians, amazing glazes so rich and deep with life echoing the Aegean surroundings.

 

Tulya and her team are focused on making thoughtful, enduring and graceful pieces that enhance the quality of the lives that use them. They design, model, mould, cast, fettle, glaze and kiln their own collections. Apart from their porcelain practices, They also produce other goods made with materials Tulya love’s like textiles, leather, cement, iron and wood.

 

Here we ask Tulya a few questions:

 

Q: Where exactly did you grow up?

A: I grew up partially in Istanbul and this Aegean coastal town "Ayvalik" which is my father’s hometown.

 

Q: What was your education and background leading up to your current career?

A:  I went to an American high school in Istanbul. I studied philosophy at Bogazici university for two years. then I switched to industrial design at the fine arts academy in Istanbul. Later on when I moved to New York in 1996 I continued studying philosophy at New School. I never practiced as an Industrial Designer but after school I chose to become a furniture designer. I also worked for interior design projects and always custom designed the furniture I used for these projects.

 

Q: What were you major influences as a child growing up in Turkey and how did this influence your design practice and approach?

A: My parents were always very interested in art and their circle of friends were a lot of Turkish and international artists. My father was into abstract photography and my mother eventually became a curator so I grew up in a very lucky environment where I was exposed to a lot of creativity. My father was an avid "Domus" reader. I still have this incredible Domus Magazine collection dating back to early sixties. As a child I used to spend hours looking at the pictures of these magazines and dream about trying to understand what is going on in the spaced depicted.

 

Q: Where is the workshop and store located in Turkey?

A: After spending an eight year period in New York I moved back to Turkey in 2003. I could not re-adjust to Istanbul and decided to move to my favorite childhood town Ayvalik. There I established an architectural and design office with an architect friend Firat Aykac. With Firat I started experimenting with clay and eventually set up a small casting studio. We named it Santimetre which means centimeter in Turkish. That small workshop eventually grew into what it is now. it is located in the town center and annexed to it is its store. Firat is no longer an active part of the team but still keeps an eye on us. We trained ourselves and today the main production is the work of myself and 4/5 other members.

 

Q: Who are your favorite designers and influencers?

A: I appreciate so many good designers and artists it’s hard to name a few. But I do have personal super favorites of course. Tony Smith, Jannis Kounellis, George Hadjimichalis and William Kentridge are my artistic heroes. Konstantin Gricic is the ultimate designer for me, I also love Patricia Urquiola's sensibility and historically I am a big fan of Carlo Scarpa.

 

Q: How would you describe your personal style?

A: I like stories, I like wandering with connotations, I like poetry and nature, I don't see myself having a definitive style, I have too many conflicting interests for example I admire minimalism but I can never be a minimalist myself. Maybe I would say that my style is the way I move fluidly around my personal interests.

 

Q: Did you take a different approach to your business when expanding to the USA?

A: Well my new adventure in New York is shaping my project in new ways of course, but I didn't arrive with a big new plan, I just brought what I have been doing in the past here to New York. Being in New York is a great chance for more visibility, but as the name suggests I will try to keep my studio at its independent, experimental and on a low batch / highly analogue scale.

Check out the store at 105 Thompson Street, New York, NY, 10012, Ph: 646 508 8756 and the website at Santimetre Studio

Tulya also has an amazing Instagram feed to follow.

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Design Within Reach/ February Catalog, 17

Interior Photography by Jim Bastardo, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Interior Photography by Jim Bastardo, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Interior Photography by Jim Bastardo, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Interior Photography by Jim Bastardo, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Interior Photography by Jim Bastardo, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Interior Photography by Jim Bastardo, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Interior Photography by Jim Bastardo, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Interior Photography by Jim Bastardo, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Interior Photography by Jim Bastardo, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Interior Photography by Jim Bastardo, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

For the February Catalog, Design Within Reach has put out an amazing catalog featuring portraits of some of the designers whose designs they carry. Marcus had styled some of these interior only shots in each spread featuring their work over the course of a year or two for the Connecticut based company.

 

Often on a shoot, Photographer Jim Bastardo will see different angles and details we can shoot on each of the products and by simply changing this viewpoint we have a selection of brand new shots, often these shots are in the vault until the opportunity arises such as this to feature them, It’s always a wonderful thing to see!

 

It’s great that a company will strive to show the face behind modern design and lively black and white shots capture that celebration and achievement.

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Design Within Reach Source Book / 2017

Cover of the Source Book for 2017 

Cover of the Source Book for 2017 

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Every year Design With Reach publish an amazing volume of their merchandise available to Designers and the Trade. Here at SMH, Inc we feel very lucky to receive this bulky and brimming to the top publication which also feature many of the images we have styled for DWR. 

Each image brings back memories of shooting in some amazing locations including houses in The Hampton's, Brooklyn and Arizona amongst the many. We also get to peruse all the latest product and drool over future potential purchases for our interior design clients and maybe just a bit for ourselves! 

 

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CB2/ Spring, 17/ Round 2

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

It all happens in Chicago!, Marcus worked once again with Photographer Jonny Valiant for CB2 in the Crate & Barrel Studios for the next addition of the Spring, 17 book just out. This is the second Spring addition which features some new spreads.

We continued our take on  Modern Italian and Californian inspired stories. Here we have a couple of new bedrooms, Marcus has spent many years working with beds and there's some major tricks that go into making a bed look great, there's always a fine line between lived in and just plain messy, For CB2 we like to style them more on the simpler side. The first bedroom was made to feel like a Fashionista's hotel room and the second a Gentleman's Quarter so a slightly different approach was taken on both to give a point of difference.

Marcus worked with creating the sets with set builder and designer Justin Rowe and Art Director Jennifer Moore working with may marble surfaces and metallic detailing. Thanks to my wonderful Chicago based Assistants Veronica Sullivan and Amanda Wolfson 

We hope you enjoy these new spreads for CB2 Spring, 17.  

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Behind the Scenes / Curio 7 / Trunk Show

Photography: Winky Lewis

Photography: Winky Lewis

Photography: Winky Lewis

Photography: Winky Lewis

Photography: Winky Lewis

Photography: Winky Lewis

Left: Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc. Right: Winky Lewis

Left: Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc. Right: Winky Lewis

Top Left: Photography: Winky Lewis, Bottom Left and Right: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc 

Top Left: Photography: Winky Lewis, Bottom Left and Right: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc 

Top Left: Photography: Winky Lewis, Bottom Left and Top Right: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc, Right: Winky Lewis and Victoria Stevens

Top Left: Photography: Winky Lewis, Bottom Left and Top Right: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc, Right: Winky Lewis and Victoria Stevens

When creating content for dwell.com, We were asked by the folks at Dwell if we would consider writing a "Behind the Scenes" each time we published a new issue of our online mini magazine Curio. We were thrilled of course to create this content that can be viewed on their website and also here on our blog.

We hope you enjoy reading the behind the scenes account of our latest issue just launched a few weeks ago for Winter called "Trunk Show" 

You can view the original article here at www.curio.work 

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Roadtrip/ Marfa/ Texas

Left: The junction, City of Marfa building, Right: Judd Foundation Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc 

Left: The junction, City of Marfa building, Right: Judd Foundation Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc 

Left: Coke bottles at Bad Hombres, Right: Capri Bar, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc 

Left: Coke bottles at Bad Hombres, Right: Capri Bar, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc 

Left: Chinati Foundation, Right: Donald Judd's workshop, Judd Foundation, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc 

Left: Chinati Foundation, Right: Donald Judd's workshop, Judd Foundation, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc 

Left: The Mystery Lights sign at Thunderbird, Right: Vintage Jeep parked, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc 

Left: The Mystery Lights sign at Thunderbird, Right: Vintage Jeep parked, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc 

Left: The town is full of disused gas stations converted into galleries and shops, Right: Cacti at Thunderbird, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc 

Left: The town is full of disused gas stations converted into galleries and shops, Right: Cacti at Thunderbird, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc 

Left: Art covered dumpsters, Right: The floor at the famous Hotel Paisano where Elizabeth Taylor stayed while filming Giant Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Left: Art covered dumpsters, Right: The floor at the famous Hotel Paisano where Elizabeth Taylor stayed while filming Giant Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

I’ve been to Marfa too! It would be a common cry amongst design savvy seekers, for some would argue that Marfa is now the design hub of Texas. A tiny dusty town on the west side of the Texas border, It’s well worth the trek and if you love design, it’s a must see. Many have made the pilgrimage and judging from all the minimalist hipster influences, it’s definitely happened!

 

Joining a tribe of fellow art lovers, Marcus from SMH, Inc made the journey on an extensive road trip that started in New Orleans and ended in Austin, driving across Texas state from East to West, Many aspects of that trip will be featured in other future posts but due to the broad coverage of many exciting places, for now we have settled on Marfa for this post.

 

In the 1950’s, Marfa was better known for it’s Marfa Ghost Lights, seen on Route 67, Many thought they were ghosts or UFO’s. In the 1970’s Artist Donald Judd moved in and it all changed, After renting summer houses for a couple of years, Donald bought two large hangars and some smaller buildings and began to permanently install his art. While this started with his building in New York, the buildings in Marfa allowed him to install his works on a larger scale. In 1976, he bought the first of two ranches that would become his primary places of residence, continuing a long love affair with the desert landscape surrounding Marfa. Later, with assistance from the Dia Art Foundation in New York, Judd acquired decommissioned Fort D.A. Russell, and began transforming the fort's buildings into art spaces in 1979. Judd's vision was to house large collections of individual artists' work on permanent display, as a sort of anti-museum.

 

Since Judd's death in 1994, two foundations have worked to maintain his legacy: the Chinati Foundation and Judd Foundation. The Chinati Foundation now occupies more than 10 buildings at the site and has on permanent exhibit work by artists such as Dan Flavin, and Claes Oldenburg. The Chinati and Judd Foundation’s are just amazing to visit and it is recommended you spend just two days exploring these, for those less museum inclined there is still plenty to do with great hotel’s, restaurants and shops to explore although you do have to be ready to seek many of them out as Marfa is not set up in an “obvious” way with many of these places hard to find and hard to get into during busy periods.

 

Top 5 top things to do in Marfa:

 

-        Hang out at The Hotel St George which is a hub of activity and houses a great bookstore, bar and restaurant, even better to stay there and it’s all at your fingertips.

-        Visit all the Donald Judd available tours, too much Judd is never enough!

-        Try the food! Food Shark is very popular and a lot of fun but be prepared to line up, Cochineal is very hard to get into but has a great outdoor area, Bun’s and Roses for breakfast and Stellina which is also well worth the wait. Many places don’t take booking’s so get there early!

-        Go to Wrong Gallery for amazing work to buy from local artists, visit their site for opening hour details

-        Walk around the backstreets and have your camera handy, there are so many photo opportunities and the landscape is breathtaking  

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CB2/ Spring, 17

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc, Right: Cover, shot by another team

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc, Right: Cover, shot by another team

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

In Chicago, Marcus worked once again with the ever talented Jonny Valiant for CB2 in the Crate & Barrel Studios for the Spring, 17 book just out.

It was exciting to work with many new products new to the season and seen for the first time. We shot the book in many themes including Modern Italian and Californian inspired stories. Many bedrooms and living rooms but also a coffee shop in the mix that used a very exciting 3D herringbone wall.

Marcus worked with creating the sets with set builder and designer Justin Rowe and Art Director Jennifer Moore working with may marble surfaces and metallic detailing. All finishes were created by Alexis Gourguechon including the marble surfboard that features on some of the spreads, Alexis is a master at the faux finish and very talented. Thanks to my amazing Assistants Veronica Sullivan and Amanda Wolfson 

We hope you enjoy the spreads for CB2 Spring, 17.  

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Williams Sonoma Home / Spring, 2017

Cover: Spring Cover Shot and Styled by another team, Right: Photography: Eric Piasecki, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Cover: Spring Cover Shot and Styled by another team, Right: Photography: Eric Piasecki, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Eric Piasecki, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Eric Piasecki, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Eric Piasecki, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Eric Piasecki, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Eric Piasecki, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Eric Piasecki, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Eric Piasecki, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Eric Piasecki, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Eric Piasecki, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Eric Piasecki, Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

For Spring, 2017, Williams Sonoma Home has embraced a pastel palette and introduced some softer colors to their palette in the way of dusty pinks, aquas and yellows. In the mix are also the classics blues and grays. 

Marcus was asked to join the team in San Francisco to style these pages with Photographer Eric Piasecki that Marcus has worked with many times before, It was great to reunite!

We had a lot of decorative pillow spreads to shoot and it was lot's of fun to come up with props that helped tell the story behind each scheme.  

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