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Better Homes & Garden's Magazine / Do Not Disturb & Warm Whites

Photography: Kat Teutsch, Styling: Marcus Hay 

Photography: Kat Teutsch, Styling: Marcus Hay 

Photography: Kat Teutsch, Styling: Marcus Hay

Photography: Kat Teutsch, Styling: Marcus Hay

Photography: Kat Teutsch, Styling: Marcus Hay

Photography: Kat Teutsch, Styling: Marcus Hay

Photography: Kat Teutsch, Styling: Marcus Hay

Photography: Kat Teutsch, Styling: Marcus Hay

For the January issue of Better Homes & Gardens, Marcus worked on a couple of section's of the magazine once again with the ever wonderful Photographer Kat Teutsch

On The Do Not Disturb feature SMH,Inc got to work with Producer Eugenia Santiesteban Soto creating an great news years resolution story on embracing time for yourself, space to unplug and recharge. In the words of the article "We're all about the small indulgences, weather it's making a date with a bubble bath or unwinding with a hot cup of tea" 

For the palette Marcus decided to use a rosy pastel world that evoked a sense of a calm and helped to harp on the old saying that you must take time to smell the roses, working with wintry botanicals and creating cozy spaces, the team enjoyed working with product available and credited in the magazine. 

For the Home section of the magazine for January, Marcus also styled a Warm Whites page that was inspired by sparkly glass, the inside of sea shells and iridescent undertones. As the issue comes out just before Christmas it evokes the mood of the season.   

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SMH, Inc Pinterest Pages / The Sea

Many people would say there is nothing more therapeutic than a day at the beach, for land lovers, it seems we almost love the sea more, Humans were not born in the sea and yet we are mystified and engaged by it’s magical pull. Often the sea is nostalgic of our childhoods and the smells and taste of the ocean we would all agree is like no other.

 

As with many of us fortunate enough to live by a coastline, the sea has spoken to me my whole life. It started with my Grandmother Kit in who lived in Mentone, Melbourne, Australia near the beach and every summer as a small child we would go with her on the weekend and the best bit for me was she would shout us an Eskimo Pie on the way home. For those who did not grow up in Australia, An Eskimo Pie was a very cold Ice cream covered in Chocolate with mint flavoring. An Australian classic from another era.

 

As I grew older, My Parents moved from Melbourne to the Northern Beaches of Sydney where my younger sisters took to the beach like bees to honey but I didn’t have the same reaction. Maybe it was because it seemed like beach overload in overly sunny Sydney, I was used to short spurts and a quick dip now and then but in Sydney it was full time beach all the time. While others toyed with lemon juice in the hair and sunflower oil on the skin to create the ultimate surfie look, I could never keep up with my burnt to a crisp beach loving schoolmates.

 

Still, Sea life is a favorite theme at SMH, Inc, We love Art Directing and styling a sea themed story, it’s reflected in our Pinterest board called The Sea. See highlights from this board above and check us out on Pinterest.  

For all Photographic credits, check the images on Pinterest for links. 

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Williams Sonoma/ How to set a Holiday table like a Stylist/ Taste Blog

Photography: Romulo Yanes, Art Direction & Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Photography: Romulo Yanes, Art Direction & Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Still Life Photography: Romulo Yanes, Portrait: Kate Mathis, Art Direction & Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Still Life Photography: Romulo Yanes, Portrait: Kate Mathis, Art Direction & Styling: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

It was such a honor for Marcus to be asked by Williams Sonoma to contribute to their Taste blog in an article "How to set a Holiday table like a Stylist" 

This copy accompanied Marcus's image plus many more great images by Marcus's fellow Stylist friends and workmates: A creatively set holiday table does more than provide great Instagram fodder for you and guests – it can set the mood for the entire party, start a conversations between guests, and let you share a bit of your personal style with everyone at the table.

For inspiration, we turned to a dream team of Williams-Sonoma stylists, who make it their job to set beautiful tablescapes for photo shoots and parties. From clever DIYs to nature-inspired centerpieces, here are some of their best ideas for setting a striking holiday table.

We created our table using the Open Kitchen range, Not with the food, necessarily, but with the décor: A twig or branch tucked into a napkin ring, a bundle of fresh herbs to freshen each place setting, or a homemade “runner” of everygreen foliage will do the trick. “It can feel freshly plucked from the garden and really natural, in addition to adding a fresh fragrance,” says Marcus

The image was photographed by the wonderful Romulo Yanes 

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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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CB2/ High Summer Catalog/ 2016

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's the height of Summer and SMH, Inc like everybody else in the northern hemisphere is sweltering in the heat but you can take light relief flipping through your latest CB2 Catalog and a nice cold Chardonnay as Marcus brings it with his latest styling for the Chicago based brand.

Excited to make a new journey, SMH, Inc is traveling once again to the windy city next week for nearly a month to work on Holiday offerings, working once again with the very talented Photographer Jonny Valiant. This series of images are also shot by Jonny.

It's always such fun to work with such modern and sleek designs, CB2 have really been riding a creative wave with lot's of great new finds for the home.

 

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Vosgesparis Interior Design Blog features Curio 4/ Tokyo Rising

Great news to be includes by Desiree Groenendal whose inspirational bog Vosges Paris, founded in 2007 and based in one of our favorite cities Amsterdam, where we like to visit as much as possible.

Her focus is how to decorate with minimal color and maximum design.  Vosgesparis is best known for its monochrome and minimalistic, yet stylish view on design. An awarded interior design and lifestyle blog, where Scandinavian simplicity meets industrial and black. Desiree gives Vosgesparis a personal twist by not just covering her favorite design and fashion brands, Check it out here.

It was a great honor that Vosgeparis featured a small article on our Curio 4/ Tokyo Rising Issue of the magazine, seen online here at www.curio.work.

Thanks so much Desiree and Vosgesparis!

Curio 4/ Tokyo Rising was shot by the very talented Kate Mathis

 

 

 

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Light & Bright/ Neutrals shine through

Left: Image from Alvo Alvo, Right: Japanese Architecture

Left: Image from Alvo Alvo, Right: Japanese Architecture

Left: Image of eggs by the wonderful Photographer  Amy Neunsinger , Right: Work by leading architects  David Chipperfield  Architects

Left: Image of eggs by the wonderful Photographer Amy Neunsinger, Right: Work by leading architects David Chipperfield Architects

Left: Image by the amazing Photographer  Nicholas Alan Cope  Right: From: French landscape from Brume, Nature is our best source

Left: Image by the amazing Photographer Nicholas Alan Cope Right: From: French landscape from Brume, Nature is our best source

Left: An empty white room, Right: Image from then amazing Danish Design Lab  Studio Oink  

Left: An empty white room, Right: Image from then amazing Danish Design Lab Studio Oink 

Left: Image from the talented Photographer, Writer and Stylist  Kara Rosen Lund , Right: Photography by a fave of ours,  Anders Schønnemann

Left: Image from the talented Photographer, Writer and Stylist Kara Rosen Lund, Right: Photography by a fave of ours, Anders Schønnemann

Left: Recently departed but never forgotten,  Zaha Hadid  Right: The breathtaking Immanuel Church and Parish Centre by the amazing German Architectural practise  Sauerbruch Hutton

Left: Recently departed but never forgotten, Zaha Hadid Right: The breathtaking Immanuel Church and Parish Centre by the amazing German Architectural practise Sauerbruch Hutton

Left: We love  Hay Copenhagen  Right: Refreshing milk

Left: We love Hay Copenhagen Right: Refreshing milk

Left: By artist  Jen Lee , Untiled, Image from Crude Vessels, Right: Still Life From  Hitta Hem

Left: By artist Jen Lee, Untiled, Image from Crude Vessels, Right: Still Life From Hitta Hem

Neutral palettes are a favorite in many design circles, a minimalist’s dream come true is an all white room, and there have been many parodies in this, including my favorite in the TV show Absolutely Fabulous where Patsy and Eddie make the terrifying mistake of bringing a bottle of red wine to their all white minimalist friends house only to leave it outside the door in fear it will be a glaringly obvious faux par.

 

As most designers know, white comes in a million shades and while we consider it an obvious choice for a clean look, you have to pick your whites carefully. A warm creamy white feels totally different to a crisp clinical one and will give you a completely different look or feel.

 

Whites in nature inspire, the white of an egg, the crisp blanket of snow that can cover a city overnight. The bark of birch tree and a glass of frothy milk. More often than not, Architects and Interior Designers embrace white as a color of choice, it feels harmonious and reflects light in the most beautiful way.

 

At Studio Marcus Hay, We love working with white, In a world often saturated with an overload of color options, white offers a sophisticated platform in which to create, It’s painterly quality and neutrality means concentrating on composition rather than worrying about the clash of using multiple colors.

Pinterest is also a Stylist’s and Art Director’s new best friend, these images are from my folders you can check out. These layouts were created for the sole purpose of this blog only, all images are credited where possible, Let us know if it’s not the case and we can amend. We aim to highlight all the amazing work done by so many fellow people using flowers as their medium and inspiration. Thank you for bringing refreshing neutrality into our lives! 

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Instagram/ Sydney/ Australia

Sydney's Norther Beaches, Collaroy Pool, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Sydney's Norther Beaches, Collaroy Pool, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Shelly Beach and Sydney Rock Oysters at The Boathouse, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Shelly Beach and Sydney Rock Oysters at The Boathouse, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Clareville Beach, Caravan and Boats for hire, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Clareville Beach, Caravan and Boats for hire, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Aesop's Strand Arcade Store, CBD, Koskela with a collaborative exhibition by Australian Artist Mavis Warrngilna Gambarr Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Aesop's Strand Arcade Store, CBD, Koskela with a collaborative exhibition by Australian Artist Mavis Warrngilna Gambarr Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

The Society inc, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

The Society inc, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Prop Co Op, A fantastic prop shop owned by Georgie Dolling, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Prop Co Op, A fantastic prop shop owned by Georgie Dolling, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Left: Marcus's old apartment building designed by Harry Seidler, Right: Sydney buildings including Sydney Tower, 1981, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Left: Marcus's old apartment building designed by Harry Seidler, Right: Sydney buildings including Sydney Tower, 1981, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Deco glory, Left: The Metro in Potts Point and The Albury Hotel, Darlinghurst, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Deco glory, Left: The Metro in Potts Point and The Albury Hotel, Darlinghurst, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Left: The UTS Faculty of Engineering Building, Right MLC Centre, designed by Harry Seidler, 1977, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Left: The UTS Faculty of Engineering Building, Right MLC Centre, designed by Harry Seidler, 1977, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Murals by Vladimir Tichy, Late 1960's, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Murals by Vladimir Tichy, Late 1960's, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Left: John Brack, "The Breakfast Table" 1958 and Right: Sidney Nolan, "Luna Park" 1941, At The AGNSW, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Left: John Brack, "The Breakfast Table" 1958 and Right: Sidney Nolan, "Luna Park" 1941, At The AGNSW, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

On the beaches, Seaweed and fishing baskets, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

On the beaches, Seaweed and fishing baskets, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

The harbor from The Manly Ferry, Left: Sydney Harbour Bridge, Right: The Sydney Opera House, designed by Jorn Utzon, 1973, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

The harbor from The Manly Ferry, Left: Sydney Harbour Bridge, Right: The Sydney Opera House, designed by Jorn Utzon, 1973, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

On a recent trip back to the motherland, Marcus enjoyed a month sinking back into the Australian way after more than 10 years living away from this great city down under.

 

Here is his account:

 

The first thing that strikes you when finally clear the airport is that that light is bright, Sydney has the type of light that could blind you it’s so brilliant. Everything seems so, so blue and there is a reason why blue features heavily in most decorating palettes in the city, it’s everywhere. The sky on a good day is so crisp but on a stormy or cloudy day, the clouds billow and float above you with the imminent possibility of a downpour at any minute.

 

Perhaps the people of Sydney’s temperament is not unlike the weather, Clear and sparkly one minute but can become dark and stormy the next. There is a raw energy and a sense of wild abandonment you can feel in general in Sydney with it’s folks, however recent lock down laws have forced people to reconsider their wilder side usually spurred on by a chardonnay too many.

 

I like this slightly brutal side of Sydney, It’s unashamed in it’s raw beauty, buildings are monumental and graphic, dig deep and you will find amazing nods to modernist roots with ceramic murals and art deco wonders all around the city.

 

Venture onto the beaches and nature will hit you in the face, open rock pools, breathtaking views of waterways and coasts. Graphic seaweed and cute waterside eateries will have you eating 4 courses and 2 bottles of wine before the afternoon is out, Sydney is that type of place.

 

Shopping will delight with many designers and stylists opening stores particularly around the inner west, which is blossoming. The inner CBD has killer shopping complex’s that sparkle with modern intensity, I prefer the charm of The Strand Arcade however that has been there for over 120 years.

 

Make sure you head to the AGNSW and to discover Australian art, old and new. 

 

3 shops to check out:

 

1. Aesop/ Strand Arcade

www.strandarcade.com.au

A must for lovers of Apothercary and amazing scents

 

2. The Society

www.thesocietyinc.com.au

Stylist Sibella Court’s store and studio specializing in interiors, product development, branding & global sourcing

 

3. Koskela

www.koskela.com.au

Store and Workshop combined, Koskela takes a design conscience stance creating their own designs and encouraging collaborations with global artists

 

3 places to eat at:

 

1. The Boathouse/ Shelly Beach

www.theboathousesb.com.au

Delicious Sydney rock oysters and lots of options for breakfast and lunch

 

2. Clareville Kiosk

www.clarevillekiosk.com.au

A gem on the beaches, amazing food and wine selection

 

3. Tetsuyas

ww.tetsuyas.com

French Japanese experience you will never forget for a special occasion

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Better Homes & Gardens/ Spring Color Trends/ Whisper Whites

Photography: Kat Teutsch, Art Direction & Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Kat Teutsch, Art Direction & Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

The palette and props, Photography: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

The palette and props, Photography: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Working on a new image for magazine Better Homes and Gardens with Photographer Kat Teutsch is always a pleasure and here at Studio Marcus Hay, Inc really speaks to our love of color trends and theory. 

Whisper Whites was this months theme and we were excited to use almost non color this time after so many months of using bright color palettes. It's always a favorite and feels so serene and classic. With just a hint of pink or blue for instance we paired many textures including porcelain, ceramics by Elephant Ceramics, limestone, travertine, marble and satin ribbon.

Evoking classical themes, we wanted it to have a Spring feel, hence the use of blooms including peony roses, tulips, carnations and runucculas. We also sourced fossils and crystal to give it a link to the natural world.

Look out for our next color story for the magazine out soon. 

 

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Design Within Reach/ May Catalog and New Images

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Right: Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Right: Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

For the May mini catalog for Design With Reach, Studio Marcus Hay, Inc was delighted to see some "locked in the bank" images emerge that have been shot on previous shoots and have been saved for this special catalog.

Also other images and new crops can be seen on the site itself of the George Nelson series we shot recently plus other details, As much work goes into these shots as any other so we love to see them featured, These includes photography we produced ourselves at the studio for the shoot in the way of art seen on the walls which we specially framed.

Studio Marcus Hay, Inc is about to embark on another project for DWR next week, we look forward to working with the team again including Jim Bastardo, whose work is featured here. 

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Williams Sonoma Home/ Spring, 2016

Photography: Pia Ulin, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Pia Ulin, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Pia Ulin, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Pia Ulin, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Pia Ulin, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Pia Ulin, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

For the latest Williams Sonoma Home catalog, Shot working for the first time with Photographer Pia UlinStudio Marcus Hay, Inc was delighted to get in a Miami and Coastal mood.

Matching existing location's, we shot these images in the studio working with classic blue and white ginger jars that are a staple at Williams Sonoma Home and come in a lot of new silhouettes.

Look out for more work with Williams Sonoma Home coming up soon.

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Williams Sonoma Cooks / Spring, 2016

Photography: Anson Smart, Styling: Marcus Hay for Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Anson Smart, Styling: Marcus Hay for Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Anson Smart, Styling: Marcus Hay for Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Anson Smart, Styling: Marcus Hay for Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Anson Smart, Styling: Marcus Hay for Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Anson Smart, Styling: Marcus Hay for Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Anson Smart, Styling: Marcus Hay for Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Anson Smart, Styling: Marcus Hay for Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Romulo Yanes, Styling and Art Direction: Marcus Hay for Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Romulo Yanes, Styling and Art Direction: Marcus Hay for Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

For the last couple of catalogs this season, Studio Marcus Hay, Inc has been busy once again over on the West Coast for Williams Sonoma Cooks in both Styling and Art Directing capacities.

In our classic graphic style for the brand, we have created a series of images including melamine, bbq tools, bbq grill pans, wine glasses and bathroom/kitchen products.

It's so much fun to work with the bright colors of the season pairing it with classic zinc and marble. 

SMH, Inc is about to head back over to San Francisco later this month to work on the latest catalog in production, Look at for that work soon!

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Bloom Boom/ The Power of the Flower

Left: Art Direction: By the amazing team at  The Artful Desperado  and Ali & Sunday, Floral Arrangements: Ali & Sunday, Photography:  Tomasz Wagner  Right:    Instagram/ Olivia Lea

Left: Art Direction: By the amazing team at The Artful Desperado and Ali & Sunday, Floral Arrangements: Ali & Sunday, Photography: Tomasz Wagner Right: Instagram/ Olivia Lea

Left: Unknown, Right: Heirloom garden roses

Left: Unknown, Right: Heirloom garden roses

Left: Unknown, Right:  Urban Outfitters  skateboard

Left: Unknown, Right: Urban Outfitters skateboard

Left: Image from  vsco.it , Right: Flora Print by the very talented   Britt Hermann / Etsy

Left: Image from vsco.it, Right: Flora Print by the very talented  Britt Hermann/ Etsy

Left: Spotted Hyena's, Photo: Unknown, Left: Amazing cabinet, Designer Unknown

Left: Spotted Hyena's, Photo: Unknown, Left: Amazing cabinet, Designer Unknown

Left: Unknown, Right: from  kvtes.tumblr.com , Right: From a beautiful site  Sinjabloeme Flower Arrangements

Left: Unknown, Right: from kvtes.tumblr.com, Right: From a beautiful site Sinjabloeme Flower Arrangements

Left: From one of my favorite Photographers and fellow Australian  Martyn Thompson , A master at flower photography, Right: The very talented  Erba Studio  based out of Portland

Left: From one of my favorite Photographers and fellow Australian Martyn Thompson, A master at flower photography, Right: The very talented Erba Studio based out of Portland

Left: From a beautiful site  Brown Dress with White Dots , Right: From the amazing  Peartree Flowers  based in Brooklyn, NY/  Matchbook Magazine  

Left: From a beautiful site Brown Dress with White Dots, Right: From the amazing Peartree Flowers based in Brooklyn, NY/ Matchbook Magazine 

Left: Photo by the wonderful iconic Photographer  Melvin Sokolsky , Right: Peonie, Unknown  

Left: Photo by the wonderful iconic Photographer Melvin Sokolsky, Right: Peonie, Unknown  

Forget about that furry variety of friend, on a photo shoot, flowers are a Stylist and Art Director’s best friends. So many times when setting up a shot, everything can look amazing but it is that last punctuation of including something living in the shot that unlocks the key and confirms as human’s how we subconsciously respond to organics and more than often not, it makes the shot come alive literally in front of you like magic.

 

I also can’t count the number of times when transiting back from the flower markets on the subway, how a usually checked out of life, fellow commuter’s eyes light can up with sudden joy, at the peek of a beautiful spring blossom pushing it’s way through the brown paper. In my job I am constantly carrying around bundles of living joy, for me, it’s my cute baby or sweet puppy; they can’t help but get a reaction! Flowers have an immediate pull of emotion that encourages random opportunities for communication and thus they represent so much more than we give them acknowledgement for.

 

People can get very, very personal about flowers also, I will never forget on a certain shoot some years back with a particular Photographer whose bent and passion was with flowers to a fanatical extent, having to watch from the sidelines them throwing down on the floor in a heap my artfully arranged flower compositions with disgust and rearranging them themselves. Needless to say being just as spirited about organics myself, I have never really gotten over that moment but it made me realize how riled up and what a personal reaction flowers can have. The comment Madonna made years ago about hating Hydrangeas given to her by a fan that got her into a lot of trouble surprised me, how can someone hate a flower? 

 

When someone on set turns up his or her nose at a certain variety I always think it’s telling. The truth is often flowers will remind us of certain events in our life. Sometimes to be honest a certain flower can seemed dated, like for me, a poor gerbera daisy will always remind me of the 1990’s and VW bugs with test tube vases and I just can’t use them but then sometimes I will surprise myself and when a flower can be presented in an unexpected way, with the right setting you can begin see it’s beauty in a whole different light. Sometimes I make it my personal mission to try and bring back an unfairly deemed unfashionable variety of flower, for instance when you take baby’s breath out of a 1980’s inspired corsage and by itself, it’s actually quite a beautiful thing, It’s by association with being combined with another variety, it got in trouble in the first place.

 

When someone on set twitches and almost dry heaves at the sight of a certain variety, , you really wonder what the story is? One thing is for certain there is always a certain trepidation involved as a Stylist when bringing flowers onto a set, that it is possible that one of the key players on set may have some back story that you could have never had guessed and the day could be doomed from the early unwrapping of the flowers because you did not know for instance that you unlocked a hidden fear brought on by the scent of lilies. The reality is you could never know what could have made them run out of the room in a flushed and sweaty state, but flowers will bring out all sorts of emotions and that’s why there is power in that flower! …Boom it can knock you out!

Pinterest is also a Stylist’s and Art Director’s new best friend, these images are from my folders you can check out. These layouts were created for the sole purpose of this blog only, all images are credited where possible, Let us know if it’s not the case and we can amend. We aim to highlight all the amazing work done by so many fellow people using flowers as their medium and inspiration. Thank you for bringing beauty into our lives!

 

 

 

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Design With In Reach/ March Catalog, 2016

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

For the March issue of the Design Within Reach catalog, Studio Marcus Hay, Inc was thrilled to see some past shots used again in the mini catalog, In particular the amazing shot by Photographer Jim Bastardo of the Arne Jacobsen egg chair used on the cover, one of our favourite shots from that series we shot in a Chelsea Architectural office.

 

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