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Studio Marcus Hay/ Curio/ Holiday Gift Guide

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'Tis the season to be thankful, which means it's time to start seeking out those perfect holiday gifts for our loved ones. 

We know it's always tough thinking beyond the usual socks and chocolates, so here at Studio Marcus Hay we've put together a list of our 7 favorite gifts to give this holiday season. 

We hope it inspires you to think out the 'gift' box!

You can also see this gift guide at Dwell Magazine's website on our page there. 

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Road Trip/ SMH, Inc and Dwell Magazine Content Collaboration

Trailers from another era have a new life and are permanently off road at  Hotel El Cosmico  in Marfa/ Texas. This picture first appeared in Hotels we Love at the  Dwell website .  

Trailers from another era have a new life and are permanently off road at Hotel El Cosmico in Marfa/ Texas. This picture first appeared in Hotels we Love at the Dwell website.  

Photo's courtesy of  Airstream  An amazing company based in Jackson Center, Ohio. The founder of the company Wally Byam designed the first Airstream in 1929 and they still evoke stylings of the original design 

Photo's courtesy of Airstream An amazing company based in Jackson Center, Ohio. The founder of the company Wally Byam designed the first Airstream in 1929 and they still evoke stylings of the original design 

Left; The amazing Cricket These picture first appeared in  Dwell here , Part Tent, Part RV, the NASA inspired Cricket is the go to camper for the modern road tripper. Right: Airy Teardrop Trailer was first seen at Getaway Inspiration at   Dwell here .  

Left; The amazing Cricket These picture first appeared in Dwell here, Part Tent, Part RV, the NASA inspired Cricket is the go to camper for the modern road tripper. Right: Airy Teardrop Trailer was first seen at Getaway Inspiration at  Dwell here.  

Left: With a last minute deadline, Architect  Burton Baldridge  transformed a decaying trailer into a modern green home for Austin, Texas based club, Stubbs. Baldridge teamed up with Brandon Fustes of  Pilgrim Building Company  to work on custom furniture including a bar at one end. Image courtesy of  Baldridge Architects . This image first appeared at  Dwell here . Right: Our shopping guide to cool suggestions for camping life. 

Left: With a last minute deadline, Architect Burton Baldridge transformed a decaying trailer into a modern green home for Austin, Texas based club, Stubbs. Baldridge teamed up with Brandon Fustes of Pilgrim Building Company to work on custom furniture including a bar at one end. Image courtesy of Baldridge Architects. This image first appeared at Dwell here. Right: Our shopping guide to cool suggestions for camping life. 

The amazing "Woody" These images first appeared on Dwell in A Tiny DIY Trailer Home Built by a couple on a budget at  Dwell here . 

The amazing "Woody" These images first appeared on Dwell in A Tiny DIY Trailer Home Built by a couple on a budget at Dwell here

Left: More suggestions from SMH, Inc for cool camping products. Right: Interiors of a trailer at  Hotel El Cosmico  in Marfa/ Texas. This picture first appeared in Hotels we Love at the  Dwell website . 

Left: More suggestions from SMH, Inc for cool camping products. Right: Interiors of a trailer at Hotel El Cosmico in Marfa/ Texas. This picture first appeared in Hotels we Love at the Dwell website

It’s time to take out the “trailer trash” because there are some really amazing new interpretations of the iconic caravan out there, with not a mullet hairdo or plaid in sight! There’s nothing more American than a road trip and the idea of getting out on the road and letting things sort out, Singer and Actor and ex mullet wearing Jon Bon Jovi said it best when he said “Map out your future-but do it in pencil. The road ahead is a long as you make it. Make it worth the trip” A road trip is a metaphor of life itself so why not create your trip in as much style as possible.

 

In this current age it’s easy for man to feel a lack of connection with nature, we stay huddled in our bubbles and don’t often take the plunge, A trailer is like a portal to breaking this spell. Brian and Jodi Buzarde who own “Woody” (That is featured here) know what’s it’s like to be forced to burst the bubble, They closed in on their 30’s and were eager to settle down but like many of their generation, neither knew where their fledging careers would take them. So they devised a solution that was unorthodox but practical, and they built a house that could go with them no matter where they ended up.

 

On HGTV, there are many shows devoted to the idea of a small mobile home, One show we find fascinating at SMH, Inc is “Tiny House, Big Living” It really sparks a sense of wanderlust as you view folks custom designing a tiny home on wheels for their needs. In a world where rental markets are through the roof and the idea of a young couple owning a home is slimmer, perhaps this is the new solution?

 

For us, the most iconic symbol of the trailer is the classic Airstream who still produce an amazing array of trailers, even custom making models for sale with design focused companies such as Design Within Reach. We drool over the website, it really evokes memories of childhood and the dream of one day owning your own shining (less pink) silver Barbie camper. Trailers represent a dream that for some become a reality, We hope we inspire you to hit the road and think big.

 

We have sourced a lot of these images from Dwell Magazine. Dwell is one of our official online content partners. You can view Curio (Our online mini magazine) and Studio Marcus Hay our on dwell.com also. In this article designed purely for this blog and the Dwell website. We have suggestions of great things to buy for the trailer from some of our favorite retailers, many of whom are clients and whose products we have used in projects that have proved very successful, We hope you enjoy our shopping guide.

 

All images are credited where possible, Please advise if any images need further credits or details. 

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Behind the Scenes/ Curio 6 / Think Knit

Photography: Kate Mathis

Photography: Kate Mathis

Left: Photography: Kate Mathis, Right: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Left: Photography: Kate Mathis, Right: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Left: Photography: Kate Mathis, Right: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Left: Photography: Kate Mathis, Right: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Left: Photography: Kate Mathis, Studio Marcus Hay, Inc, Right: Kate Mathis 

Left: Photography: Kate Mathis, Studio Marcus Hay, Inc, Right: Kate Mathis 

Left; Photography: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc, Right: Kate Mathis

Left; Photography: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc, Right: Kate Mathis

Left: Photography: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc, Right: Images courtesy of Kate Mathis and Kirsty Munro

Left: Photography: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc, Right: Images courtesy of Kate Mathis and Kirsty Munro

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 Fall called "Think Kinit" 

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

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Work @ Home/ SMH, Inc and Dwell Magazine Content Collaboration

Left: Brooklyn home of Designer Sarah Zames of  General Assembly  turned this space beneath an industrial staircase that lead up to the roof Right: Architect  Kevin Alter  helped design the renovation of Sam Shah and Anne Suttles 1920's bunglaow in Austin, Texas. They created a nook under the stairs that houses a vintage Eames chair that belonged to Shah's father. These images appear on  www.dwell.com  

Left: Brooklyn home of Designer Sarah Zames of General Assembly turned this space beneath an industrial staircase that lead up to the roof Right: Architect Kevin Alter helped design the renovation of Sam Shah and Anne Suttles 1920's bunglaow in Austin, Texas. They created a nook under the stairs that houses a vintage Eames chair that belonged to Shah's father. These images appear on www.dwell.com 

Left: Architect Brue Norelius transformed one of the bedrooms into a studio. A custom desk has a magnetic board and bike as wall art above. Right: SMH, Inc's top picks for office accessories. Images courtesy of  DWR  and  Hay . The main image appears on  www.dwell.com  

Left: Architect Brue Norelius transformed one of the bedrooms into a studio. A custom desk has a magnetic board and bike as wall art above. Right: SMH, Inc's top picks for office accessories. Images courtesy of DWR and Hay. The main image appears on www.dwell.com 

Photography:  Signe Birck , Styling by Marcus Hay for  SMH, Inc . These photos show our office in Chelsea, Manhattan which is an extension of Marcus's apartment. A small but functional space, This is where it all happens. We used shelves and a desk from  Blu Dot  and a Tulip Table and Eames chairs from  DWR . 

Photography: Signe Birck, Styling by Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc. These photos show our office in Chelsea, Manhattan which is an extension of Marcus's apartment. A small but functional space, This is where it all happens. We used shelves and a desk from Blu Dot and a Tulip Table and Eames chairs from DWR

Left: In his home office which happens to be a converted shipping container, Wardell runs his art gallery  Chester's Blacksmith Shop . His nephew peeks down from the "napping nook" above. Right:  SMH, Inc's  top picks for office furniture and accessories. Images courtesy of  Hay ,  Poppin ,  Bu Dot ,  Tom Dixon  and  CB2 . The main image appears on  www.dwell.com  

Left: In his home office which happens to be a converted shipping container, Wardell runs his art gallery Chester's Blacksmith Shop. His nephew peeks down from the "napping nook" above. Right: SMH, Inc's top picks for office furniture and accessories. Images courtesy of Hay, Poppin, Bu Dot, Tom Dixon and CB2. The main image appears on www.dwell.com 

Left: The Perth Residence of Renee Coleman via  The Design Files , This office is very discreet and blends in with it's environment perfectly. Right: The office beyond the dining/ meeting area is actually made from everyday packing material like cholguan that retails for about $5 a sheet. This image originally appeared in A Good-Looking Office System on the www.dwell.com site. These images appear on  www.dwell.com  

Left: The Perth Residence of Renee Coleman via The Design Files, This office is very discreet and blends in with it's environment perfectly. Right: The office beyond the dining/ meeting area is actually made from everyday packing material like cholguan that retails for about $5 a sheet. This image originally appeared in A Good-Looking Office System on the www.dwell.com site. These images appear on www.dwell.com 

Left:  SMH, Inc's  top picks for office furniture and accessories. Images courtesy of  DWR  and  Heath Ceramics  Right: Austin Hernandez's home office in Mexico. This photo originally appeared in  Hecho  in Mexico City.  This image appear on  www.dwell.com  

Left: SMH, Inc's top picks for office furniture and accessories. Images courtesy of DWR and Heath Ceramics Right: Austin Hernandez's home office in Mexico. This photo originally appeared in Hecho in Mexico City.  This image appear on www.dwell.com 

In this current climate is a well know fact that more folks are working from home, whether you office is a business, a after hours email station or a nook designated for writing checks and paying bills you should always have a well thought out space that meets all these needs for a work station at home.

 

A home office does not need to be a big ordeal, it can potentially blend in with the environment so an eye can skim across it without pausing on a messy tower of bills and paperwork that never subsides if you plan it properly. It could be a nook under the stairs or even as you will see here a reconverted shipping container.

 

Here are 6 tips for an efficient home office:

 

1. Your space should reflect who you are and what you do, don’t be afraid to think out of the box and embrace something beyond your expected office designed furniture, most on the market found in generic stores lacks soul and an attractive silhouette. You have to sit in there most of the day do it should look pretty. Use a small dining table as a desk,

 

2. Embrace open shelves to get papers and office accessories off the desk, and use vertical file folders on the desk to keep important papers within arm's reach. Do you prefer to stack or file? If you tend to make piles, get a nice basket to tame your mail, notes, and papers. If you prefer a clean desktop, designate a drawer for your important papers.

 

3. Invest in a great office chair, your back will thank you! An ergonomically correct, comfortable seat is worth every cent.

 

4. Let the light in! Make sure your office has plenty of light to cut down on eyestrain and headaches. Position the computer monitor so there's no glare from a window or overhead light, and put a small lamp on the desk for task lighting.

 

5. Display things that inspire. Use a magnetic board or pin board that will promote ideas and allow your eye to gaze and rest from the screen in front of you.

 

6. Consider a nap area nearby that is not a bed, lying down for 10 minutes is proven to be beneficial, a daybed is perfect for example.

 

We have sourced a lot of these images from Dwell Magazine. Dwell is one of our official online content partners. You can view Curio our online mini magazine on Dwell also. In this article designed purely for this blog we have suggestions of great things to buy for the office from some of our favorite retailers, many of whom are clients and whose products we have used in projects that have proved very successful, We hope you enjoy our shopping guide.

 

All images are credited where possible, Please advise if any images need further credits or details. 

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Curio/ Dwell Magazine Online Content Partners

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Kate Mathis and Strecker & Dahl, Concept, Art Direction and Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Kate Mathis and Strecker & Dahl, Concept, Art Direction and Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

It was great to hear that the folks at Dwell magazine are big fans of Curio. Having recently launched their new website, they asked Curio to become one of their new content partners. Their updated platform is fully interactive and invites audiences of design leaders and enthusiasts to interact with the community through images and stories.

Check it out at https://www.dwell.com/search/curio

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