Saturday, April 12, 2014

Williams Sonoma/ Grilling 2014


Photography: Con Poulos, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay.  

Photography: Con Poulos, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay

Photography: Con Poulos, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay

Left: The view from the property, Right: One of the pavilions on the property, Bolinas, CA
Photography: Studio Marcus Hay

Left: An oil painting portrait on the property, Right: Marcus on the way back on Highway 1
Photography: Left: Studio Marcus Hay, Right: Alison Attenborough 

Right: A beautiful Porsche 356 in the garage at the property, Left: Dried giant sunflowers on the property
Photography: Studio Marcus Hay


In my latest batch of images for Williams Sonoma, We shot a Grilling section for the up and coming Spring/ Summer months. While shooting some images in the studio (These are yet to be seen in a later book) we shot a bulk of what you see here on location in Bolinas, north of San Francisco along the high way 1, The community in Bolinas is known for it's reclusive residents who tear down the road signs so people deliberately can't find their way around (Thanks goodness for GPS! ; ) It's about and hours drive from the city with no traffic and I have to tell you it's one of the most beautiful parts of the world. The coastal road to get there has so many turns that it's not for the weak of stomach.

When we got to this location Studio Marcus Hay could not believe the view from the location, as you can see from our Instagram shots, It was breathtaking. It sure beats working in an office. 

Quick to work though and Marcus who has long gotten used to playing body part and hand model while also styling and directing, Like a true Australian donned on the fierce looking grilling gloves and got to work bbq'ing chicken on the very impressive looking grills for the pictures.     

It was great to work with the team again, Con Poulos who photographs grills like no one else, and Alison Attenborough who whipped those chickens into shape quick smart.  

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Interior Project/ Edelman Residence


The Den, Photographed by Kyle Norton for Serendipity Magazine


Details of The Den, Left: Detail of Egg Chair, Right: Detail of Bonnie's Horn Collection
Photography: Studio Marcus Hay

Details of The Den, Left: Detail of Coffee table, Right: Detail of Bar, Photography: Studio Marcus Hay

All the elements, Top, From left to right: Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair from DWR, James Perse Pool Table, Eames Lounger in Tan from DWR, Lunar Rug in Charcoal from Calvin Klein, Eames Walnut stools from DWR, Line Bar from DWR, Como Sofa from DWR, Arne Jacobsen Cylinder Bar Ware from DWR. Images courtesy of DWR and James Perse. 

All the elements, Top, From left to right: Greta Grossman Wall Sconce from DWR, Saarinen Tulip Coffee Table from DWR, Drum Side table, from DWR, Inspiration image for custom paneled wall, Arco Light from DWR, Beat Light from Tom Dixon, Images courtesy of DWR and Tom Dixon 

The Playroom, Photographed by Kyle Norton for Serendipity Magazine

Details of The Playroom, Left: Detail of right hand side of room, Photographs featured largely by Bonnie Edelman, Right: Detail of Collectables
Photography: Studio Marcus Hay

Details of The Playroom, Left: New Cabinetry wall, Right: Detail of Coffee Table, Photography: Studio Marcus Hay



All the elements, Top, From left to right: Around side table in yellow from DWR, Lunar rug in Pewter from Calvin Klein, Muuto Dots from DWR, Saarinen Tulip Dining Table from DWR, Wallpaper by  Piet Hein Eek Saarinen Tulip Dining Chair from DWR, Images courtesy of DWR and Piet Hein Eek

All the elements, Top, From left to right: Reid Sectional Sofa in Salt & Pepper Cotton Twill, Jumbo light belonging to the Edleman's, Florence Knoll Four Position Credenza from DWR, Noguchi Coffee Table from DWR, Eames Elephant in Ice Gray from DWR, Images courtesy of DWR 

Details of The Guest Bedroom, Left: Detail of Bedroom on Dresser, Right: Detail of wall, wallpaper by Eskayel,  Photography: Studio Marcus Hay


Portrait of John Edelman by Joesph Seif, Turks Water photograph by Bonnie Edelman, Portrait of Bonnie, Both courtesy of Design Within Reach




We were very excited at Studio Marcus Hay last year when we were asked to work on the home of Design With Reach’s CEO John Edelman and his wife Photographer Bonnie Edelman’s house in Connecticut. We had met John and Bonnie many times before and had even shot some great poolside shots in their outdoor pool area on their property for a Summer DWR catalog. We had also used some of Bonnie’s wonderful photography that is featured on the DWR site in some catalogs and she had kindly lent us the pieces we needed to make the shot.

When we met with John and Bonnie they had requested we look at three rooms in the house; The Playroom, The Den and a Guest Bedroom. We set about working on the new schemes for the rooms and presented them. They both loved our ideas and we set about the big task of reinventing these spaces. Rising to the occasion, Bonnie and her Assistant Jenn were a great help in ordering many of our decided pieces; naturally we wanted to use as much Design Within Reach product as possible. We also had the task of weaving in existing pieces John and Bonnie owned and having recently sold their city residence there was a lot to work with.

The Playroom was totally stripped and we started from scratch. John and Bonnie regularly work on projects and felt the most secure using their trusted contractors, Don and his team did an amazing job of interpreting our designs and especially with the playroom added a whole wall of new cabinetry and amazing wall papered walls that really transformed the space. The Playroom became a space that allowed the family to come together to view TV and movies and play X-Box. John and Bonnie’s children Olivia and Oscar are growing up quick and we wanted to give them a space that reflected this, a space they could grow into as they get older.

The Den took on a sleek sexy vibe with custom made pool table and all new light fittings. Embracing the leather tan tiled floor, we wove in some of their beautifully worn Eames and Saarinen leather covered pieces and created a space that included Bonnie’s collection of horns and knick knacks, also including a new sleek dart board.

The Guest Bedroom is a relaxing luxe space that we are all sure guests will now fight to stay in, we included all new light fittings, a new wardrobe system and we hung wallpaper from Eskayel, An amazing company from Brooklyn behind the bed.  

It was a great project and all came together well regardless of a few expected bumps and turns, Studio Marcus Hay loves creating spaces that people can actually live in. Having worked many years on photo shoots where at the end of the day everything gets packed back up in a truck or walls are pulled down after a set is finished, It’s nice to know that John and Bonnie and the kids can use and enjoy these rooms hopefully for some years to come.

I could not have done this job without the support and the tireless and enthusiastic work of my Assistant Molly Hartman. Thanks Molly! You are a star!  

Friday, April 4, 2014

Color & Trend Forecasting/ Studio Marcus Hay

Photography: Studio Marcus Hay 

Photography: Studio Marcus Hay

Photography: William Geddes

Photography: Studio Marcus Hay

Photography: Studio Marcus Hay

Photography: Studio Marcus Hay


New to Studio Marcus Hay's website is a our Color & Trend Forecasting section. Using images unique to the studio, we highlight what's new in color combinations and what we see in all the places we visit on the course of our work or settings and still lives we have combined with hunted treasures and new acquisitions that help inspire us in our work. Some shots are even from our own personal projects.

It is amazing how when finding these scenes to photograph or combining objects how the colors can play off one another. At SMH we are big believers in combining unexpected colors together, this is where you get the most play and interest. Often it's in unexpected places you find these and our eyes are always peeled.

Running themes often occur also, we often see the returning of interest in certain trends, For instance with the impending embracing of Spring, In Europe recently bird motifs and florals have again made a big comeback. The clash of old and new is always interesting and many companies are running with traditional motifs in a new and vibrant way. 

Pastels have been on the rise with a clever pop of color as an accent, added to give the edge needed to pull a powdery palette into a new age. 

We hope you enjoy the new section as it grows in the future. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

DWR/ Cover Option 4

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay


For another Trade Issue of the new Catalog, Studio Marcus Hay proudly received their issue today, Shot by the wonderful Jim Bastardo This very graphic cover is a favorite with it's clean lines, geometry and repetition. It is featuring the new Finn range designed by Norm Architects for DWR which is indeed a beautiful collection to work with.   

Monday, March 31, 2014

DWR/ Cover Option 3

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay

Shot in Arizona last November, This is the 3rd option on a cover for Design Within Reach's outdoor program for 2014. This cover was actually shot on our first day of shooting. What many would not realize is on these shoots in AZ, there is naturally a lot of cactus wrangling involved, You can see in the background many pots of very heavy cacti that need to be potted but also constantly moved until the right position had been found for this image. My team at Studio Marcus Hay did any amazing job of handling these, not an easy job by any means!

Our theme for this cover was Biker Dude and we wanted it to subtly weave through this section of shots. The line used here is very masculine and clean lined, This house actually reflected the theme really well, The owner having an amazing collection of motorbikes and cars from the 1950's and 1960's. 

This image was shot be the very talented Jim Bastardo.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Floral Fever/ Spring, 2014


Left: It's Springtime at Studio Marcus Hay, Graphic designed by Studio Marcus Hay, Vintage Watercolor
Right: Still Life with flower from Interior Project, Kess Agency, Photography: Jonny Valiant
Styling: Studio Marcus Hay

Left: Floral Graphic designed for Studio Marcus Hay by Christina Holmes
Right: From New York Stories series, Photography: Kat Teutsch, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay

Left: From New York Stores series, Photography: Kat Teutsch, Styling by Studio Marcus Hay
Right: Real Simple Editorial, Photography: Sang An, Styling by Studio Marcus Hay

Left: From Flower Shower series,
Right: From Marcus Hay Interior, Photography: Hallie Burton, Styling by Studio Marcus Hay

Left: Copenhagen Roses, Right: Roses at NYC Flower Market, Photography: Studio Marcus Hay

Left: Paper Flowers for Better Homes & Gardens Project by Matthew Sporzynski
Right: San Francisco Magnolia, Photgraphy: Studio Marcus Hay

Left: Fern dyed purple at NYC Flower Markets, Photography: Studio Marcus Hay
Right: From Interior Project, Kess Agency, Photography: Jonny Valiant, Styling: Studio Marcus Hay

Instagram shots by Studio Marcus Hay

Left: From Flower Shower series, Photography: Hallie Burton, Styling by Studio Marcus Hay

Left: V&A Museum tray, Right: Columbia Rd Flower Markets mural, Photography: Studio Marcus Hay 


Here at Studio Marcus Hay, after the long winter we always delve into spring and embrace our love of flowers, This Spring is no exception. We are currently on the West Coast and spring has probably sprung into action earlier here this year. The birds are a chirping and the flowers are a blooming.

Flowers and plants always play a big part in the success of a shoot, There are not many times that we don’t find ourselves in need of them. Early morning visits to Flower Markets and Nurseries are commonplace and we often bump into fellow Stylists fighting for the best bunch of peonies. It has always been interesting to me how you can have a guttural response to nature and how when creating images, the inclusion of an organic piece elevates the shot without a doubt. I don’t know many people who have a hate of the organic.

Here is a medley of shots over the years that Studio Marcus Hay has produced and styled, As you can see we are not shy of flowers, naturally not all these flowers are Spring flowers, the beauty of flowers is that you can get different types year round, but with the celebration of spring in mind, Here is a mixed bag of flower inspired shoots and influences.

I just got back from England where sweet floral’s are abound, From The V&A Museum to Liberty Store to Columbia Flower Market, I am not sure if I was on Spring alert but it was so great to see the influence of flowers be some prominent. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Excursion to Dorset/ Poole Pottery factory visit


Left: Inside the cabinets owned by the amazing Just Collectables, UK at the Poole Factory, Delphis pieces for sale,
Right: The exterior of the factory, The building behind replaced the original factory


A few Delphis pieces inside cabinets at The Poole Museum, well worth a look,
They have a small but amazing collection of key pieces on the top floor

Left: Art Deco 1920's/ 30's Flora pieces, Right: Tiles in the Poole Museum 

Left: Racks of vintage Poole Pottery for sale, The Quay Factory store
Right: In the cabinet, Bird designed by Robert Jefferson, 1964, In display cabinet (NFS)

Left: The Cafe upstairs with some old photograph panels of Artists at work
Right: Close up of 1950's promotional platter on display at Poole Museum.

Left: Twin Tone Poole cups and saucers for sale at The Poole Factory
Right: At The Poole Museum, Carter and Company designed by Arthur Nickols, 1950's

Pieces I bought, Left to right: In Seagull, 1950's planter and posy vase,  Lime Yellow bud vase

Pieces I bought: Robert Jefferson Dagger, 1964, Poole Studio piece, 1960's,
Twin tone jug in a deep blue I have not seen before 

Pieces I bought: From Left to right: Carol Culter Delphis platter,
Lucullus range egg baker, 1962 by Robert Jefferson, small dish, Artist unknown 

Left: The Swan Inn still existing (Thank goodness) It is on the market currently but had been
boarded up for many years, Right: Older storefronts in Poole

Close up of The Swan Inn tiles, I believe they where made by Carter, Stabler and Adams

Left: The beautiful countryside you will encounter traveling into Dorset, just spectacular!
Right: The Poole Arms, The facade completely covered in beautiful green tiles, 

Left: Driving out of Poole, Dorset, after a long day on the road, Closeup of Delphis piece 

Left: Mural being installed as we were there from the 70's/ 80's, Right: Agean collection for sale 

Left: Tiles from original tearoom, about 1930, Carter & Co, designed by Edward Bawden
and a random selection of tiles from the 1940's/ 50's


Recently I took the journey of a lifetime, for me it was a big thing but I kept it low key, I quickly slipped into Poole, Dorset under the radar to finally visit a place I had dreamed of visiting most of my life. What better way than to spend it with my dearest school friend Kylie who full knows my passion for Poole Pottery and who is currently living in Cambridge with her husband Mike and their 2 kids Amelia and Rufus. When Kylie suggested a road trip south some time ago, we knew it was a mission we had to accomplish, even with a 4 year old in tow who promptly declared after arriving in Poole after being woken up her from a deep nap in the car that she did not want to go into the factory and stamped her feet declaring she “hated Poole Pottery” ; ) With lures of candy and painting a plaster butterfly, She however promptly felt at home.

I kept a hopeful and brave face as I walked into The Quay, what seemed almost a former part of The Poole Factory, I knew from my research that most of the existing structures covered in beautiful Poole tiled murals where gone, most recently one of the last structures by a bland unimpressive structure (nothing to do with the factory) on the water which seemed a shame. The current complex clearly in it's current state it is fair to say has become less an obvious factory but more like a discount department store selling random merchandise such as suitcases and sensible shoes. Apparently now catering for a “coach crowd” The Poole Factory as it is now seems has in general become more a haven for bargain shoppers than lovers of pottery it seems?

However I know as a Stylist and Creative you have to dig deeper if you want more from an experience and I was not disappointed for amongst the random selection of less desirable merchandise lay the jewel in the faded crown, At the back of the store on the lower floor was where the magic happened and my excitement rose as I spotted cabinets of vintage 20th century Poole for sale and shelves of overstock from the 1950’s till now. The company Just Collectables operated by John Lejune has an amazing collection of vintage Poole on display to view and much for sale.

For most who know me Poole Pottery has been a passion ever since I was a teenager, I have to say know a bit but I certainly don’t know it all, There are many people very passionate about Poole Pottery and there are sites (As listed below, please check them out) of people who really do know there stuff. 

For people who do not know in a nutshell, Poole (Formerly Carter, Stabler & Adams amongst other names)  is an amazing company that produced an astounding array of very influential styles, silhouettes and artistry pottery and ceramics last century, they still continue to work with some amazing artists who you can witness still painting their newer pieces at the factory which is a refreshing site. With my first visit I was slightly overwhelmed, Actually visiting a place where you can breathe in the history can be enlivening and if you half squint and let you imagination go you can see the glory of the former years come alive. I can also see how Poole as a town and a place that captures people’s passion and hearts. 

I walked around the waterfront with Kylie and Amelia and through the town itself and fell in love with it, being half English on my mother’s side I always feel at home in the UK and things seem familiar and comforting. Poole has some amazing buildings still, I really hope all efforts are made to not tear these down. I have to say too the countryside driving in and out of Poole in Dorset is breathtaking and well worth the trip in itself. Also make a point if you go of visiting the Poole Museum with the top floor devoted to Poole Pottery. 

I bought some pieces quite randomly, choosing items that I felt a connection too, there was honestly so many and with a budget in mind, I had to be sensible, I am not sure that I came away with the most collectible and valuable pieces available, but they are pieces I did not have already and honestly my collection as a whole is piddly compared to serious collectors. 

I did however as a Creative in the design industry and a lover of company branding, I came away thinking of all the amazing things you could do with Poole Pottery, with the catalog of work and the history intact, I believe it has such amazing potential. The company had been in harder times, now owned by of Lifestyle Group Ltd, which also owns Royal Stafford Tableware, I hope their attention really shifts to build back up the brand. As a big fan of the Poole Pottery of the past, I know I certainly have many ideas, I am itching to see Poole Pottery reemerge and be a forerunner in the minds of lovers of ceramics and pottery, It needs to speak to a new generation that appreciates and are keen to learn about the legacy of the brand and a part of the English and International design world in general. 


Other great sources with a much more in-depth and researched angle on Poole are: 
http://www.robspoolepottery.co.uk
http://www.pooleimages.co.uk