Sunday, October 30, 2011

Back to School with Osh Kosh

Sketches by: Marcus Hay
Sketches by: Marcus Hay
Photography: Marcus Hay
Photography: Marcus Hay
Photography: Marcus Hay


Photography: Marcus Hay

I had not worked on a Kids Catalog for some time, you know what they say “what ever you do try not to work with dogs or children”, but I have to say these kids were amazing! When the team at leading Children's ware brand Osh Kosh approached me to design the sets and prop style for the Fall Catalog I was excited. Being for the season Fall, naturally it was a back to school theme. Once again I found I needed to put on my “American” hat, I attended school in Australia and while there maybe some similarities, there are also many iconic American symbols of school that I did not grow up with! (Cheerleaders for instance!)

The kids ranged from Toddlers to 10 year olds. It was a 4-day shoot with a line up of kids at every hour; many of the kids were old timers, having been working for Osh Kosh amongst other Catalog clients for many years! The palette was bright, We had sets that included bleachers, lockers, school rooms amongst many others, I have to say I Iove working on Kid’s shoots, You really do get to explore your inner child when devising the scheme.     

You can see here my sketches from the set, plus some behind the scenes shots I took myself, There is also just a selection of the images shot here for the Catalog. Thanks to Empire Set Shop, empiresetshop.com for working with to create such inspiring sets, Thanks also to my wonderful Assistant's Don, Alyssa, Jill and LynLeigh for helping me on this very large shoot for very small people!    

Friday, October 28, 2011

Tis is the Season at CB2

The Cover
Photography: Alec Hemer
Photography: Alec Hemer
Photography: Alec Hemer
Photography: Alec Hemer
Photography: Alec Hemer
Photography: Alec Hemer

Photography: Alec Hemer


I am currently back in the Windy City, Chicago on another CB2 Catalog for Spring but timing wise the Holiday Catalog I worked on back in July has just come out! This is my first CB2 Catalog so it is very exciting! Our section shown here shot by the very talented Photographer Alec Hemer, you can see his other work at www.triciajoyce.com. Alec and I have worked together before on other projects.

As mentioned before Christmas (or the Holiday’s as it’s called in the U.S) is a big part of the year when it comes to a Stylist. Sometimes, depending on the bookings, it can feel like at least 6 months of the year if doing back-to-back Holiday themed shoots. CB2 is a refreshing take as the approach is contemporary and clever, not too many cliques or expected ways of seeing this theme, so as a Stylist, this is both more challenging but also more liberating.

The color palette for CB2 is always largely bright, although in this catalog we did slip into a darker place palette wise in some set-ups, all these pictures are sets that have been carefully designed and constructed by the talented team at the studio. Working through ideas, The sets are inspired with the thought of keeping each space contemporary, often loft like and urban. CB2 do a mix of location and studio, but for our section this time it was in the studio.

Look out for more Holiday themed shoots here in the near future! After all “Tis is the Season!”  

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Royal Palace, Sweden.

Left: Photography: Marcus Hay, Right: The Royal Family in the 1970's
Photography: Marcus Hay
Photography: Marcus Hay
Photography: Marcus Hay
Photography: Marcus Hay
Photography: Marcus Hay
Photography: Marcus Hay

Photography: Marcus Hay

While on my recent trip to Stockholm, Sweden’s capital city I had the pleasure of visiting the Apartments of the Royal Palace, which is, located in Gamla Stan, which is the oldest part of the city. No longer occupied by the Family, The Palace was largely built during the 18th century in the Italian Baroque style, on the spot where the “Tre Kronor” castle burned down in 1697. The current Royal Family consists of King Carl XVI Gustaf, born 1946, Queen Silvia, born 1943, Crown Princess Victoria, born 1977, Prince Daniel, born 1973, Prince Carl Philip, born 1979, and Princess Madeleine, born 1982 but as I mentioned they no longer reside at the Palace but only use it for formal occasions or to house guests.

The thing that struck a chord with me the most was the color scheme of the apartment, The rooms are largely from the 18th and 19th centuries ranging in style from Baroque to Rococo to Gustavian Neo-Classicism are decorated in a range of colors that exist of dusty blues, pinks, deep candy apple reds and the deep Swedish blue of which I never tire. Gold also features a lot but not in a bright gaudy way, It is a palette that resonates with me as the combination and tones are exactly what I respond too in my own current Interior schemes, Gustavian Style is largely marked by grayed pastels and has the interesting juxtaposition between the informal and the formal which does not make it appear too stuffy like many other European Palaces, This is what I love in an Interior. Some rooms which were decorated in the 1950’s with artwork/ portraits of the period seem straight out of a movie of that period, These were my favorite rooms. I love the eclectic nature that the rooms change but are still so tastefully done that it is a smooth transition as you wander the many many rooms. The inlaid wooden floors are amazing as is all the detail and the casual but sophisticated upholstery of chairs and sofas. 

It is a huge Palace; the construction lasted for 57 years, from 1697 to 1754 and was the largest single construction project in Europe during this time, The Apartments are only a small part of the Palace as a whole. There are 5 museums within the complex.

The Royal Apartments are closed 8-31 January and subject to closure according to the King's official duties, but open daily 10am to 5pm (June to August), 10am to 4pm (15-31 May and 1-14 September). Opening hours are shortened the rest of the year, and closed on Mondays, Definitely check it out when in Stockholm. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

On the Streets of Berlin

Photography: Marcus Hay
Photography: Marcus Hay
Photography: Marcus Hay
Photography: Marcus Hay
Photography: Marcus Hay
Photography: Marcus Hay
Photography: Marcus Hay

Photography: Marcus Hay


Graffiti (singular: graffito) is the name for images or lettering scratched, scrawled, painted or marked in any manner on property. Graffiti is any type of public markings that may appear in the forms of simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. Graffiti has existed since ancient times.

On my recent trip to Stockholm and Berlin I was further amazed by the level of artistic expression on the streets in the form of street art/ graffiti. In East Berlin in particular, it's everywhere! I live in a city (NYC) where street art is also a strong component of it's visual identity, but I would say that Berlin in particular surpasses even New York in it's volume of random art found largely in it's back streets.

For myself as a Stylist, this form of expression delights me! In my world, you might pay thousands of dollars for a graffiti inspired artwork to be mounted in an interior scheme, but here its readily available on the street for all to enjoy only most people don't to even seem to notice it? Of course in Berlin celebrated artists on the Berlin wall, or what is left of it can find a large number of works! Perhaps in a way the rest is an extension of this?

There is just something so fresh and spontaneous about art that you know when you walk past a week later might be gone or added too, or changed out all together!


Monday, October 3, 2011

Creating My Personal Space/ Welcome to my world 2

Photography: Marcus Hay/ My enamel bowl collection, My beloved Womb chair
Photography: Marcus Hay/ Still life on Danish Cabinet, Oil painting by Ruth Cohen
Photography: Marcus Hay/ Still life on mantel
Photography: Marcus Hay/ My bathroom collection of mirrors
Photography: Marcus Hay/ My Areaware Rollerscates and plates on wall
Photography: Marcus Hay/ My tile collection and small bottle collection
Photography: Marcus Hay/ My Danish bar cart and starbursts


I have spoken many times about how my apartment is a platform for me to experiment with my own personal style. I was lucky enough to be able to move into a larger apartment in June and so all of a sudden I had a larger platform to work from. For me I was delighted, I was definitely feeling the cramp in my old apartment, which would be less than half the size of my new one!

Furthermore I suddenly had a whole extra room, closets and a mantle to style. After many jobs in other states and with the ability to ship new finds back from faraway places, I started to formulate a new look which also meant I had many more new things here to show you.

My old apartments have been featured many times in magazines all around the world, I am always surprised where they turn up, Anywhere from India to Sweden, It seems my space translates to many cultures which is fantastic. Ironically, my place has never been featured in an American magazine, still working on that!

Here in these shots you can see my new baby, my Womb chair which has become my pride and joy, Designed by Eero Saarinen, A request from Florence Knoll Bassett to create "a chair she could curl up in," led to Saarinen's 1948 design of the Womb Chair, I have always wanted one in this color. I also have a new oil painting by Ruth Cohen, picked up at The Garage Flea Markets in Chelsea matched with a Danish cupboard I bought in New Hampshire. New vases include a Dutch vase with a round cutout I picked up in Berlin, A German Pottery vase with stripes and a faux tufted leatheresque vase by Haeger.

On my mantel, I have a new collection including my Lisa Larson piece, the boy with the cat, A Moomin figurine, recently launched by Finnish company Ittala. With another German vase from my recent trip.

My new roller skate satue by Brooklyn based company Areaware sits on my floor and added to my collection of plates on my kitchen wall are many new additions including a new one from Marrimekko and a couple from Sweden I found in Stockholm. I also love my new bar cart stocked with new decanters I picked up in a vintage store in Manhattan. In the bathroom I am building my collection of random objects and vintage mirrors on the wall. I love a repeat of small mirrors.

I also love my new collection of Danish enamel bowls in punchy colors,

Sometimes it scares me how many new things I find to add to my collections, Like bunnies collections seem to grow overnight in my home!...but then I take a step back and realize without these purchases I would not be able to formulate vignettes that will eventually will grace the pages hopefully of further magazines and books, After all as a Stylist it’s my job to inspire others, it’s my duty to collect, at least that’s how I conveniently justify the process! : )