German born, Australian raised, Marcus hails from a creative family. As a child, he worked on set with his uncle, photographer John Hay. His decorator mother, Janet, introduced him to paint and fabric swatches. He spent many youthful weekends at his parents’ decorating stores and helping arrange store windows. With a B.A. in Visual Communication from the University of Technology, he began as a Style and Art Director in Australia. Marcus came to New York to join Real Simple as Style Director, later working for many other US, UK and European clients. Marcus has so many collections he refers to his “collection of collections”, currently focusing on miniature furniture, ceramic vases and figurines.