STUDIO DELMAR

CHRISTMAS IN JULY

Claire Delmar

INGREDIENTS

2 Meters of Green Velvet, Mokum Textiles
2 Marc Newson Tea Cups, Living Edge
1 Jam Jar, Space Furniture
1 Background panel, Woven Image Echo Panel
1 Large Jar with flowers, Murobond
1 Large bunch of Christmas Bush, Madame Lampini
1 Green Ceramic Cup & 1 Milk Jug Mint
1 Zinc Tray, BHLDN
Cutlery & Candlesticks and remaining crockery hired.


Velvet – I jump from loving it to hating it. What always amazes me is the richness this fabric can create when it is used as a background in a shoot.

Christmas is a funny time for stylists as we have usually lived through the decorating process 3-4 months before. I’m not one to use lots of baubles and bows in my decorating so when I was thinking about this shoot I wanted to create Christmas my way, with just a hint, without all the predictable embellishments.

Breakfast on Christmas day is usually overlooked or at best very simple, usually involving champagne, and eaten standing up in the kitchen as the focus of most families is to prepare and celebrate lunch or dinner. Mine is a simple breakfast layout but the amazing bright red Christmas bush and the elegant vintage star makes it festive. The table, still set from dinner the night before, is transformed by these additions and your own choice of breakfast fare. Casual is always so appealing.

Photographer – Amanda Prior

NAVY BERRIES

Claire Delmar

INGREDIENTS

2 Litres of Murobond Murowash in Blackberry
1Paper Chandelier by Jo Neville, Paper Couture
1Handmade stoneware asymmetrical bucket vase, Alison Fraser for Slab + Slub
6Society linen napkins, Ondene
1Ceramic jug, Hub Furniture
1Handmade stoneware vessel, Alison Fraser for Slab + Slub from Small Spaces
1Handwritten menu, Written by Hand
1Jam jar, Quintessential Duck Egg Blue
6Bowls, Planet
6Midnight blue dinner plates by Christopher Plumridge, Planet
1Soda siphon, Murobond
1Hand stitched table runner, Alison Fraser for Slab +Slub from Small Spaces
6Handmade tiles, Alison Fraser for Slab + Slub
6Glasses , Shelley Panton
Floral by Forage by Lisa Mattock


METHOD

Mood can be created by many contributing elements. As someone that has such an affiliation with the visual I often feel that the setting is of most importance.

From the minute you walk in the door that setting or room has an effect on your mood whether you notice it or not. That is why I believe in creating spaces that make people feel good.

Colour plays a big part in this adventure and having never been given the opportunity to shoot a blue story and always hoping the brief would pop into my inbox I felt it was the darker blues that resonated with me. Perhaps that’s from my UK background and the love I felt for the winter hues. Would you live like this in sunny Sydney? I’m not sure, but sometimes I wish I had the courage to take a wander into this space for a day or two.

Alison Fraser from Slab + Slub is incredibly talented and someone I respect highly. Her handmade stoneware asymmetrical bucket vase and the midnight blue dinner plates by Christopher Plumridge from Planet add earthy texture to the table. The richness of the palette of the plates works as a stunning background to make the food stand out.

You don’t want to look like you’ve gone to too much trouble or you’ll never be invited back. Clever ideas that are simple like this handwritten menu (contact Glenda at writtenbyhand if you would like something customized) on some white cardboard and pinned or blue tacked to the wall or in this case a leftover timber panel is simple but elegant. A touch of floral from the Society napkins from Ondeneand the stitched table runner add detail and create layers to the somewhat stark solid colours.

If you are feeling like a hands on project Jo Neville from Paper Couture holds classes for these magnificent Pajaki pendant lampshades. Pajaki – it is a Polish paper chandelier that was made to embrace the Harvest and brighten up the home after a long grey winter. They were made with straw and lots of coloured paper often using recycled giftwrap. Jo holds classes at her Paper Couture workshop. Go along, you never know what you’ll fall in love with.

Smoked Trout with Israeli couscous and herbs
200 grams smoked trout (I recommend Brilliant Food smoked Ocean Trout)
1 cup Israeli couscous cooked to packet instructions
Handful of cherry tomatoes cut in halves
1/3 cup parsley coarsely chopped
1/3 cup mint coarsely chopped
few sprigs of dill
Juice of half lemon
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper
Allow couscous to cool. Combine all salad ingredients and dress with lemon, olive oil, salt and pepper

Photographer – Amanda Prior

WHITE BEANS

Claire Delmar

INGREDIENTS

INGREDIENTS FROM PLANET
1 Table in Spotted Gum
6 Bowls, Christopher Plumridge
1 Vessel, Shannon Garson
6 Bowls, Kris Coad
6 Cups, Kris Coad
1 Oyster Spoon, Helen Earl
1 Light fixture, Kris Coad
1 Runner
1 Salt Dish
1 Sugar Bowl, Christopher Plumridg
1 Tall bottle, Kris Coad
1 Vase, Shannon Garson
2 Vases, Liz Stops

REMAINING INGREDIENTS
6 Wine glasses, Stylists own (spray painted)
6 Place settings of Cutlery, Ikea (spray painted)
6 Napkins, made from Linen from Ikea
1 White cotton fabric runner from
Spotlight (on table)
1 Plate, The Real Store
6 Plates, LH Objects
1 Bowl, LH Objects
1 Bowl, Shelley Panton
1 Small dish (with feather), Kim Wallace Ceramics


METHOD

What is it that captivates me about a styled white shot?
White on white but layered with texture.
Is it the light? Is it the focus point?
Perhaps it has something to do with the romance of the shots. Or is it the simplicity and purity that white portrays?

Today I was lucky enough to be invited by Ross Longmuir to shoot in the beautiful studio in the front area of his Surry Hills concept store Planet. Ross has always been one of my most respected furniture designers and I love his use of sustainably grown spotted gum. His incredible eye and support of local artisans has always put him at the forefront of the interior retail world. His balance of textures, interest in Indian textiles and organic forms marries so well with my styling. When I was style editor for Inside Out magazinePlanet was always a port of call on my sourcing days.

I wanted to work with Ross’s wonderful whites and bring in some other talented ceramicists to complement items like Kris CoadLH Objects and Kim Wallace Ceramics.

Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of working with the lovely photographer Sam McAdam whose passion and experience has made these shots come to life. It’s always a treat working with people that understand the outcome and are on the same page visually. Thank you Sam.

Lara Hutton from LH Objects has been a mentor since the start of my career and has always felt like another sister to me. I have her to thank for supporting me in the early days and having faith in my ability as a stylist.

Combining the irregular forms of the ceramics with the crisp white linens that are crinkled rather than starched combined with the elements of nature, the twig in the vase and leaf ceramic by Shannon Garson add the sense of real to the image giving it some depth and life.

Photographer – Sam McAdam