Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Williams Sonoma/ Outdoor Summer, 2015


Photography: Anson Smart, Art Direction: Studio Marcus Hay Inc, Prop Styling: JC Garcia Lavin

Photography: Anson Smart, Art Direction: Studio Marcus Hay Inc, Prop Styling: JC Garcia Lavin

Photography: Anson Smart, Art Direction: Studio Marcus Hay Inc, Prop Styling: JC Garcia Lavin

Photography: Anson Smart, Art Direction: Studio Marcus Hay Inc, Prop Styling: JC Garcia Lavin

Photography: Anson Smart, Art Direction: Studio Marcus Hay Inc, Prop Styling: Carin Scheve

Photography: Anson Smart, Art Direction: Studio Marcus Hay Inc, Prop Styling: Carin Scheve

Photography: Anson Smart, Art Direction: Studio Marcus Hay Inc, Prop Styling: JC Garcia Lavin

Photography: Anson Smart, Art Direction: Studio Marcus Hay Inc, Prop Styling: Carin Scheve

Photography: Anson Smart, Art Direction: Studio Marcus Hay Inc, Prop Styling: Carin Scheve


Many trips back and forth from NY to SF to LA and back NY helped produce this outdoor section for Williams Sonoma, Art Directed by Studio Marcus Hay earlier this year. Shooting in a studio in SF and in 3 different locations in LA and Malibu, Marcus worked once again with the wonderful Photographer Anson Smart and directed an amazing team including the very talented Props Stylists JC Garcia Lavin and Carin Scheve.

In the height of Winter in NY, Marcus was happy to escape the winter in NY and having just come back from an extended trip to Australia, the warmer weather continued with Marcus flying down to scout the locations based in La Canada and Pasadena in LA and Malibu.

After looking a number of locations, the three chosen consisted of an old LA 1920’s mansion and a more residential property that resembled The Hampton’s and an ocean surrounded property in Malibu with heavenly views. Channeling a touch of Hollywood Glam, Marcus’s favorite location was by far the Black and White themed property with a mini Versailles garden.


We were thrilled to make the cover after numerous cover tries and to be part of creating inspiring Summer images for Williams Sonoma Home Summer catalog.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Happy Easer 2015/ Studio Marcus Hay

Photography: Studio Marcus Hay Inc, from a recent crafting project. 

It's Easter weekend and Studio Marcus Hay has just travelled back from 2.5 weeks in Massachusetts to spend Easter in New York and we are loving the Spring weather having just come from a land of snow. 

We hope all of you across the globe are enjoying the holiday, Happy Easter 2015!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

DWR/ A new angle

The latest DWR Catalog, Photography: Jim Bastardo 

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling by Studio Marcus Hay Inc

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling by Studio Marcus Hay Inc

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling by Studio Marcus Hay Inc

Photography: Jim Bastardo, Styling by Studio Marcus Hay Inc


The great thing when working on shoot is sometimes you see the same shot from a totally different angle and all of a sudden it is reimagined. Often when working with the talented Photographer Jim Bastardo on the DWR Catalog's, we see a different viewpoint and with a little more time and a manoeuvre we can reposition the composition and propping slightly and this allows the possibility to capture a totally new shot.

The great thing about DWR is that all these shots get used and with as with the images above that Studio Marcus Hay styled in many great locations from Brooklyn to Arizona. In the latest DWR Catalog these shots appear for the first time as full pages and are given the opportunity to have their time.

Often too for us, It allows our props to shine in a new light, In our travels we pick up a lot of props for our shoots, If you look closely you can see a Fornasetti pencil holder picked up in Milan, A rare vintage Krenit bowl with oranges picked up in Berlin and memories of course cacti splinters caused by the planting of heavy cacti in pots and yes they hurt! ; )

Hope you enjoy seeing these new shots as much as we did. 





Instagram/ White/ Studio Marcus Hay

Photography: Studio Marcus Hay Inc


So white maybe seen as a non color but at Studio Marcus Hay we think white plays the most important role in design and color theory plus if you really look at it how many shades of white you can you get, it amounts to thousands of versions. White on it's own, shades of white, white combined with other color allows the eye to rest, It always sophisticated and of course always clean. 

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 Sydney, France, New York, Los Angeles and all around the world. In our pictures on Instagram we cover the white fog rolling over San Francisco to the white interiors of Versailles in outer Paris. 

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

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.