Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Color Trends/ Soft Hues

Photography: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc



At Studio Marcus Hay, Inc we love being handy with our Instagram and capturing the world around us, On recent trips and even at home we are constantly amazed by the combo of colors and how they resonate with each other. We have discovered a love of pinks, tan, browns and grays as a combo and found two complimentary images this month that speak to this. Marcus has an amazing collection of plates that line the walls of his kitchen and we found inspiration in this shot of these which include Rosenthal and Fornasetti plates. In San Francisco at a favourite hangout called The Mill, there is currently an exhibition of beautiful paintings by artist Gayle Walsworth called Nights of Love, The colors are so beautiful in these paintings. We hope you are inspired.


Get The Look/ Studio Marcus Hay. Inc/ U Turn chair/ DWR

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



For the new look in our The Lab section at our website for our regular Get The Look we feature a shot from the latest DWR catlaog we styled. It is the U Turn Chair. Studio Marcus Hay, Inc styled the above shot for the U Turn chair designed by the famous Neils Bendtsen. Made in Italy in the softest Kalahari leather, we gave this beautiful chair a setting with a complimentary palette of caramels, soft greys and linens, a favourite combo at S.M.H. Using photographs and paintings inspired by nature, we also added the surprise punch of a modern petal clock designed by George Nelson and Grasshopper Floor Lamp by one of our favourite designers Greta Grossman.


Come check out more at  The Lab/ Color and Trend forecasting at SMH, Inc. 

Design Within Reach/ September Catalog

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

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 September edition of the Design With Reach catalog, Studio Marcus Hay, Inc joined the team once again to shoot a batch of new images in locations in Brooklyn, Manhattan and The Hampton’s. We love our DWR projects and we also pack in a lot of hard work but a lot of fun too!

This time around with this group of images we got to explore a lot more still life as well as large room settings and also a lot of new product for DWR including a brand new range of pillows and lot’s of great new rugs. We also got to explore some great classics in new fabrications such as a favorite, The Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen.


Again this season the palette was somewhat neutral and we were conscious to embrace this by working with many of the natural wood tones in the product and pairing them with crisp black and whites and hits of accent colors. 

We also got to play around with some fun themes like the Architects office featured above.

We are really happy with above shots and hope you like them too. 

Thanks to my team at SMH, Inc, In particular Mykl, Quin and Sally. 

These photographs are taken by the legendary Jim Bastardo

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Back to the farm/ Williams Sonoma/ Fall, 2015

Photography: Mikkel Vang, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Mikkel Vang, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Mikkel Vang, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Mikkel Vang, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Mikkel Vang, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Mikkel Vang, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Mikkel Vang, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Mikkel Vang, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Mikkel Vang, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Mikkel Vang, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc


As in most photo shoots, there are many shots that just can’t fit onto the pages of a catalog or magazine. When Studio Marcus Hay, Inc joined Williams Sonoma in Fishkill Farm for Open Kitchen we shot for 3 days solid and straight days, come rain or shine. We even spent the first day shooting product shots under the only outdoor covered area, which was the verandah leading off the farm store during heavy rain, needless to say we all returned to the hotel that night fulfilled but a little damper.

The great thing about being on an outdoor photo shoot is that it is always an adventure and while you work hard often creating environments in the middle of nowhere, you always have mother nature to help you along as a backdrop, but as we all know mother nature is unpredictable and at times a little wild so you do have to be sensible and at times deal with unruly situations. I can only imagine what it is like working on a farm, dealing with these elements, your day determined by the weather as a start.

Dodging sunburn, ticks and other critters is part and parcel and stylists that turn up in high heals looking for the glam world of photography ain't going to cut it on a farm and let me tell you I have had some of those Assistants in my day but thankfully I had a great robustly enthusiastic team, a big shout out to Quin, Andrea and Jill for being such troopers.

I grew up in the city but I would occasionally visit my second cousin’s farm in rural Australia and I often laugh at the memory of the wispy fringed blond kid in my Blondie T-Shirt being whisked around on the back of a motorbike over acres of muddy property clinging to the back of one my much tougher third cousin’s waist (who indecently were all from a family of girls) for dear life. I was scared to death but I still kind of loved it. For a city fellow, the farm still brings out an inner delight but I have to say a hot shower at the end of the day is what I crave for most of the day.

Thanks again to Fishkill Farm for being so accommodating and Thanks again to Williams Sonoma for the opportunity.

The Fishkill Farm story was photographed by the uber talented Mikkel Vang, Food Stylist Alison Attenborough also wove her magic, Also check out the video for the project we shot and extra pics including all the guests from the farm here at the Williams Sonoma Taste blog

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Prospect + Vine/ New Work


Photography: Left: Jason Vanblaricum, Right: Brie Williams, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Brie Williams, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc


Photography: Jason Vanblaricum, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Brie Williams, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Sergio Jurado, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc
Photography: Brie Williams, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Brie Williams, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc

Photography: Brie Williams, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay, Inc



Heading to the Berkshires with a very full cargo van of props, Studio Marcus Hay, Inc got to spend a few weeks working on a brand new brand Prospect + Vine. It was very exciting to work on a brand new project and to get to do it with some much loved familiar faces such as the brands Creative Director, Jennifer Bianco with whom we have worked with for many years. It was also wonderful to work with Photographers Sergio JuradoBrie Williams and Jason Vanblaricum on this project.

USA made, Prospect + Vine is a great new product that focus’s on decorating and making the customers approach to decorating as simple as possible. Combining fabrics and color with an ease and elegance.

Marcus’s mother is an Interior Designer and we know she would love these amazing fabrics and products, combining pattern on pattern is something she has always embraced and when done cleverly, It is very striking.

Here is a preview of some of the shots Studio Marcus Hay, Inc styled for the catalog, Look out for more here once we get a hands on the new catalog.


Check out the Prospect + Vine website here!

Hunter Douglas/ Standard Issue/ The Art of Window Dressing

Photography: Alpha Smoot, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay Inc

Photography: Alpha Smoot, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay Inc



A few months ago, Studio Marcus Hay, Inc got to work with the wonderful Brooklyn based design Company Standard Issue on a project with the very talented Photographer Alpha Smoot fot the first time for Hunter Douglas. Hunter Douglas are a company that specialises in high end window treatments. We were photographing a cover for their latest catalog. 

Standard Issue is an exciting multi-disciplinary design consultancy working in branding, marketing, material sampling, merchandising, interactive, industrial, interior design and architecture


Studio Marcus Hay, Inc designed the set and styled the shots featured here.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Trends Home Magazine/ China


Photography: Hai Zhang
Photography: Hai Zhang

Photography: Hai Zhang

Photography: Hai Zhang

Photography: Hai Zhang

Photography: Hai Zhang

Photography: Hai Zhang

Photography: Hai Zhang

Photography: Hai Zhang


A few months back I had the pleasure of working with the team at Trends Home in China, Photographer Hai Zhang and Writer Viviana Wang, Trends Home contributors based in New York visited the apartment and studio to write about and photograph them for a story.

Trends Home Magazine was founded in 2000 and has become the leading brand in home magazines in China. Trends Home has the largest circulation in its market in China and is a very popular publication.

The approach was to capture the spaces as naturally as possible with minimal propping and as my apartment and studio is already set up in real life. A quick trip to the flower market in the morning and all was set.

Many of you who follow the blog would have seen these spaces featured already, We hope you enjoy the new set of pictures captured for our Chinese audience and followers.

Thanks to Editor Weina Li for taking an interest in Studio Marcus Hay and including us in this story. 

For an even more in depth tour, the feature is also featured here on this blog, Click here to view