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By Studio Marcus Hay
Instagram / Sydney / Australia

On a recent trip back to the motherland, Marcus enjoyed a month sinking back into the Australian way after more than 10 years living away from this great city down under. 

Here is his account: 

 The first thing that strikes you when finally clear the airport is that that light is bright, Sydney has the type of light that could blind you it’s so brilliant. Everything seems so, so blue and there is a reason why blue features heavily in most decorating palettes in the city, it’s everywhere. The sky on a good day is so crisp but on a stormy or cloudy day, the clouds billow and float above you with the imminent possibility of a downpour at any minute. 

 Perhaps the people of Sydney’s temperament is not unlike the weather, Clear and sparkly one minute but can become dark and stormy the next. There is a raw energy and a sense of wild abandonment you can feel in general in Sydney with it’s folks, however recent lock down laws have forced people to reconsider their wilder side usually spurred on by a chardonnay too many. 

 I like this slightly brutal side of Sydney, It’s unashamed in it’s raw beauty, buildings are monumental and graphic, dig deep and you will find amazing nods to modernist roots with ceramic murals and art deco wonders all around the city. 

 Venture onto the beaches and nature will hit you in the face, open rock pools, breathtaking views of waterways and coasts. Graphic seaweed and cute waterside eateries will have you eating 4 courses and 2 bottles of wine before the afternoon is out, Sydney is that type of place. 

 Shopping will delight with many designers and stylists opening stores particularly around the inner west, which is blossoming. The inner CBD has killer shopping complex’s that sparkle with modern intensity, I prefer the charm of The Strand Arcade however that has been there for over 120 years.

Make sure you head to the AGNSW and to discover Australian art, old and new.

3 shops to check out: 

 1. Aesop/ Strand Arcadewww.strandarcade.com.auA must for lovers of Apothercary and amazing scents 

 2. The Societywww.thesocietyinc.com.auStylist Sibella Court’s store and studio specializing in interiors, product development, branding & global sourcing 

 3. Koskelawww.koskela.com.auStore and Workshop combined, Koskela takes a design conscience stance creating their own designs and encouraging collaborations with global artists 

 3 places to eat at: 

 1. The Boathouse/ Shelly Beachwww.theboathousesb.com.auDelicious Sydney rock oysters and lots of options for breakfast and lunch 

 2. Clareville Kioskwww.clarevillekiosk.com.auA gem on the beaches, amazing food and wine selection 

 3. Tetsuyasww.tetsuyas.comFrench Japanese experience you will never forget for a special occasion

Instagram / Sydney / Australia - Photo 1 of 13 - Sydney's Northern Beaches, Collaroy Pool, Photography: Marcus Hay, SMH Inc.

Sydney's Northern Beaches, Collaroy Pool, Photography: Marcus Hay, SMH Inc.


Instagram / Sydney / Australia - Photo 2 of 13 - Shelly Beach and Sydney Rock Oysters at The Boathouse, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Shelly Beach and Sydney Rock Oysters at The Boathouse, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc


Instagram / Sydney / Australia - Photo 3 of 13 - Clareville Beach, Caravan and Boats for hire, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Clareville Beach, Caravan and Boats for hire, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc


Instagram / Sydney / Australia - Photo 4 of 13 - Aesop's Strand Arcade Store, CBD, Koskela with a collaborative exhibition by Australian Artist Mavis Warrngilna Gambarr Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Aesop's Strand Arcade Store, CBD, Koskela with a collaborative exhibition by Australian Artist Mavis Warrngilna Gambarr Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc


Instagram / Sydney / Australia - Photo 5 of 13 - The Society inc, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

The Society inc, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Instagram / Sydney / Australia - Photo 6 of 13 - Prop Co Op, A fantastic prop shop owned by Georgie Dolling, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Prop Co Op, A fantastic prop shop owned by Georgie Dolling, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Instagram / Sydney / Australia - Photo 7 of 13 - Left: Marcus's old apartment building designed by Harry Seidler, Right: Sydney buildings including Sydney Tower, 1981, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Left: Marcus's old apartment building designed by Harry Seidler, Right: Sydney buildings including Sydney Tower, 1981, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Instagram / Sydney / Australia - Photo 8 of 13 - Deco glory, Left: The Metro in Potts Point and The Albury Hotel, Darlinghurst, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Deco glory, Left: The Metro in Potts Point and The Albury Hotel, Darlinghurst, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Instagram / Sydney / Australia - Photo 9 of 13 - Left: The UTS Faculty of Engineering Building, Right MLC Centre, designed by Harry Seidler, 1977, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Left: The UTS Faculty of Engineering Building, Right MLC Centre, designed by Harry Seidler, 1977, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Instagram / Sydney / Australia - Photo 10 of 13 - Murals by Vladimir Tichy, Late 1960's, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Murals by Vladimir Tichy, Late 1960's, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc


Instagram / Sydney / Australia - Photo 11 of 13 - Left: John Brack, "The Breakfast Table" 1958 and Right: Sidney Nolan, "Luna Park" 1941, At The AGNSW, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

Left: John Brack, "The Breakfast Table" 1958 and Right: Sidney Nolan, "Luna Park" 1941, At The AGNSW, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc


Instagram / Sydney / Australia - Photo 12 of 13 - On the beaches, Seaweed and fishing baskets, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

On the beaches, Seaweed and fishing baskets, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc


Instagram / Sydney / Australia - Photo 13 of 13 - The harbor from The Manly Ferry, Left: Sydney Harbour Bridge, Right: The Sydney Opera House, designed by Jorn Utzon, 1973, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc

The harbor from The Manly Ferry, Left: Sydney Harbour Bridge, Right: The Sydney Opera House, designed by Jorn Utzon, 1973, Photography: Marcus Hay for SMH, Inc