Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring/ 2015

Photography: Studio Marcus Hay Inc


It may not quite feel like it, especially up in MA where S.M.H is currently but today is the first official day of Spring in the U.S, Here's to the thawing of snow, birds and butterflies! Happy Spring all from Studio Marcus Hay​ Inc

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Inspiring Icon/ Massimo Vignelli

Left: Portrait Of Massimo, Right: His signature signature

Massimo's logo's for American Airlines

Massimo's logo's for Bloomingdales

Massimo's Perpetual Wall calendar for Nava Milano, 1980

His designs for Heller, including both product and packaging/ logo

Further designs for Heller

Left: Benches designed by Massimo for Heller, Right: The Knoll International poster

Left: poster for Pirelli, Right: More designs for Heller 

Left: Stendig Calendar, Right: Poster for Massimo's company 

Left: Pitchers designed by Lella and Massimo for Venini, Right: Table

Left: The NY Subway map, Right: Poster designed by Massimo

Left: Poltronova Saratoga furniture systems, Right: Lighting designed by Lella and Massimo

Left: Handkerchief chair for Knoll, Right: Paperclip table for Knoll

Logo's for both Ford and United Colors of Benetton

Left: Signage for the NY Subway, Right: His own poster


When you live in New York as I do, you see the influence of Massimo Vignelli everywhere from shopping bags to the subway, Coming up to a years anniversary of his death in May at the age of 83, I think we should never forget the layer and strength of design that he bought to the industry as a whole.
Massimo Vignelli, a world acclaimed graphic designer and architect whose Modernist aesthetic reached the masses without them even realizing, he focused on simplicity through the use of basic geometric forms in all his work. A fan of the architects Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier, Massimo moved to New York from Italy in the mid 60’s as many do to fufil a dream of instigating functional beauty and change through design and boy did he do it! He introduced a European modernist point of view to the streets of New York and beyond.
His clients included American Airlines, Ford, IBM, Xerox and Gillette, Bloomingdale’s, Pirelli, Heller, Knoll, Benetton, Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys, He is best known for designing the signs for the New York and Washington subways.
Massimo Vignelli and his wife Lella founded their own firm, Vignelli Associates, in 1971 in New York. It became Vignelli Designs in 1978. Lella Vignelli alongside her husband, managing the business and helping with design, they were a force together. Starting as a Graphic Design business they ventured quickly into interior, furniture and also product design. I love his range he did for Heller and many of his own furniture designs for Knoll. 
As one of the major figures in Modernism Massimo had an illustrious career spanning nine decades, I love the fact that his work remains as fresh and inspiring as the day it was brought in fruition, the hallmark of a exceptional visionary. He is one of our main influences and that's why we consider him and inspiring icon 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Williams Sonoma/ Cookware

Photography: Romulo Yanes, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay Inc

Photography: Romulo Yanes, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay Inc

Photography: Romulo Yanes, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay Inc


For some recent Williams Sonoma, Studio Marcus Hay was asks to style a number of shots for their cookware section of the catalog. Shooting with the wonderful Photographer Romulo Yanes and working also with amazing Food Stylist Alison Attenborough we produced some lovely images over a couple of days at the Williams Sonoma Studio in San Francisco. 

We hope you love the shots and are inspired by the beautiful, food and ingredients.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

CB2/ Spring is in the air! 2015

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay Inc

Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay Inc
Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay Inc
 
Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay Inc

For Spring, Studio Marcus Hay made the second spring cover for CB2, shot with the amazing Photographer Jonny Valiant  It's always fun to come home and see a cover you have been a part of staring at you in the mailbox. 

It was so much fun to work with a pastel palette and create such interesting sets and compositions with CB2's ever growing collection of fun product, Looking forward to returning to Chicago soon to work on the next season, stay tuned! 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Williams Sonoma/ Easter 2015

Photography: Anna Williams, Styling: Hilary Robertson, Art Direction: Studio Marcus Hay Inc

Photography: Anna Williams, Styling: Hilary Robertson, Art Direction: Studio Marcus Hay Inc

Photography: Anson Smart, Styling: Hilary Robertson, Art Direction: Studio Marcus Hay Inc

Photography: Anna Williams, Styling: Hilary Robertson, Art Direction: Studio Marcus Hay Inc

Photography: Left: Anna Williams, Right: Romulo Yanes,
Styling: Left: Hilary Robertson, Right: Christina Lane, Art Direction: Studio Marcus Hay Inc

Photography: Left: Anson Smart, Right: Anna Williams, Styling: Hilary Robertson, Art Direction: Studio Marcus Hay Inc

Photography: Anna Williams, Styling: Hilary Robertson, Art Direction: Studio Marcus Hay Inc

Photography: Anna Williams, Styling: Hilary Robertson, Art Direction: Studio Marcus Hay Inc
Photography: Anson Smart, Styling: Hilary Robertson, Art Direction: Studio Marcus Hay Inc

Photography: Anson Smart, Styling: Hilary Robertson, Art Direction: Studio Marcus Hay Inc
Mood Boards by Studio Marcus Hay Inc

Mood Boards by Studio Marcus Hay Inc

Mood Boards by Studio Marcus Hay Inc

Mood Boards by Studio Marcus Hay Inc

Mood Boards by Studio Marcus Hay Inc


For the Easter Program for Williams Sonoma, Studio Marcus Hay worked with 3 amazing teams. Shooting with both wonderful Photographers Anson Smart, Romulo Yanes and Anna Williams, Studio Marcus Hay Art Directed the entire Easter program from scratch. We produced a series of mood boards that captured the spirit of the season and the direction needed to execute the images. Working with the multi talented regular contributor Food Stylist Alison Attenborough and for the first time with the amazing Author and Prop Stylist Hilary Roberston and equally talented Christina Lane We set about a number of weeks in San Francisco shooting on a number of locations and studio.

Easter is a season that celebrates a pastel palette, for this Easter for Williams Sonoma we wanted a fresh almost watercolor approach, using a rainbow of pastel we created custom backgrounds that we used to produce the tighter shots and even created a custom made kitchen in the studio to shoot a pancake and waffle party scenario.

Here in this post we have included our mood boards that was presented to the team at Williams Sonoma before shooting and approved of the overall vision, these were also used as a guide to brief in and inspire the team. 

We hope you enjoy the results and the Easter mood we captured.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Winter Images/ Ice Storm

Photography: Anna Williams, Styling & Art Direction: Studio Marcus Hay

Photography: Anna Williams, Styling & Art Direction: Studio Marcus Hay

Photography: Anna Williams, Styling & Art Direction: Studio Marcus Hay

Photography: Anna Williams, Styling & Art Direction: Studio Marcus Hay

Photography: Anna Williams, Styling & Art Direction: Studio Marcus Hay

Photography: Anna Williams, Styling & Art Direction: Studio Marcus Hay

Photography: Anna Williams, Styling & Art Direction: Studio Marcus Hay

Photography: Anna Williams, Styling & Art Direction: Studio Marcus Hay

Photography: Anna Williams, Styling & Art Direction: Studio Marcus Hay


Many winter moons ago, I worked on a fantastic shoot with the very talented Photographer Anna Williams, It was again recently featured on Popist, Check it out!

Popist writes: In a striking editorial series of still lifes, acclaimed New York-based photographer Anna Williams captures natural elements—leaves, branches, and twigs—caught within blocks of ice.

The shoot, she explains, was commissioned by RealSimple to illustrate an article about skincare in frigid winter climates. She executed the project collaboration with Art Director Marcus Hay, who selected each element and chilled them in his own freezer, a surprisingly complex feat. The texture of ice, notes Williams, varies vastly based upon how it is frozen. To create transparent ice, the water must be filtered, heated, chilled, and heated once more. If one deviates from this process, the mass of ice will be colored by layers of mist and fog, caused by entrapped air and minerals; in this case, the nuanced areas of clouds and clarity served to heighten the perceived depth of each organic object.
No matter what the assignment, Williams constructs her photographs to tell stories. Here, with these shrouded petals and branches, she evokes sensations of wintertime and the mythos of arctic climates.

It seem so appropriate right now as the weather in NY hits an all time low in temperature. Hope you enjoy these images, We loved creating this Winter Wonderland. 



Thursday, February 19, 2015

Instagram/ Pink/ Studio Marcus Hay

Photography: Studio Marcus Hay Inc


Pretty in Pink was one of our favorite 1980’s movies and at Studio Marcus Hay we think that even though a little pink goes a long way, It’s still a color we admire and embrace on a lot of our projects and we are not always applying it in a Barbie inspire girly way, Pink is much more than all that!

Studio Marcus Hay always has the I-Phone at the ready and all these images are captured on Instagram. Some of the above images are shot in Chicago, New York, San Francisco and all around the country.

Come be inspired by the color Pink and follow us around the world at Instagram

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