From exclusive weddings held at Boston’s Four Seasons Hotel, Museum of Fine Arts and Mandarin Oriental Hotel to a spring Bacchanal at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, private tented events and corporate celebrations, there isn’t much Marc Hall hasn’t done. As the curator for his South End store, Marc Hall Objekt, and the inspiration behind Marc Hall Design, Hall and his team are the creative geniuses behind some of Boston’s hautest events.
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“It all started January 2011 when I had just resigned as creative designer at Winston Flowers,” said Hall, who got his initial start creating gardens for his mother at a young age and was a private florist before joining Winston’s. “I wanted to practice, explore and challenge myself more creatively so I started producing events for clients. We have done work for everyone from celebrities to professional athletes. I think what makes us unique is we present one of the most amazing values in the city. We are working to redefine the idea that luxury can be affordable and reflect great value. That’s the thought process we are trying to evoke.”
Where does his inspiration come from? “It comes in various mediums,” Hall admitted. “Adrenaline runs through my veins. I feel empowered when ideas are just flooding. It may come in the form of a dream when I dream in black in white or 3D. I jot things down when I wake up because they can become ideas for my work. Listening to music might charge me to create something or assist in breaking through. As a designer, I have to create on demand. Food is also a huge source of inspiration. There are so many parallels between the food and floral industries. I like the ‘garden to table’ concept which plays off the ‘farm to table’ concept. We work with foragers and are very conscious of our carbon footprint, but we also like to be able to incorporate a Japanese grower in a piece that has grass from Sudbury, Mass. These cross generational collaborations are what inspire me. Every event has a definitive deadline, but each allows my creative spirit and need for spontaneity to be freed.”
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Objekt is a collection of things Hall has acquired from around the world. “I want to be a resource where someone can find curious objects to adorn a party, office or outdoor living space,” he said. “As eclectic as Objekt is, Design is rooted in luxury flowers. The store is such a dichotomy of clients. We have neighborhood people discovering it for the first time, people who are traveling from out of town and interior designers who work on some of the most amazing projects in the city. Our clientele is so diverse. We do events on private properties in tents and work with all of the major hotels in Boston. We are proud to have our name on every hotel’s five-star preferred vendor list.”
Throughout his travels, he has acquired unique vases, candlestick holders, sculptures, mirrors and lamps, which are available at Objekt. “It’s a self-curated collection of accessories where I have been able to meet the artisan who created the piece,” he said. “I like pieces that have a well thought out design sense. We have pieces from all around the world, including Indonesia, Antwerp, Italy, Germany Switzerland, Montana and Mexico.”
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