Press Release: Gray Malin XO Black Crow Studios



Media Contact:

Tracy Hiner




Boutique Wallpaper Designer Teams Up With Lifestyle Photographer for

Gray Malin XO Black Crow Studios Collection

Gray Malin XO Black Crow Studios logo

Gray Malin XO Black Crow Studios logo

July 23, 2013

Los Angeles, California – Lifestyle photographer Gray Malin and custom wallpaper designer Tracy Hiner, owner of Black Crow Studios, have joined forces to create a brand new signature collection of designer wallpapers inspired by Malin’s A la Plage series of photographs. Shot from a high vantage point while leaning out of helicopters, Malin’s overhead perspectives of beaches, resorts and destinations from around the globe provided myriad inspiration for the collection of brightly-colored wallcoverings.

Beachscapes from Portugal, Dubai, and Africa are interpreted into photo-realistic scenes, while shapes and colors inspired by beachgoers and their umbrellas in St. Tropez, Kauai, Sydney, the Hamptons and Miami’s South Beach are translated into patterns and stripes that are at once traditional and fresh. A sunny palette of watery blues, bright corals, sea greens, and crisp whites all layered on top of beach sand imparts a bright, summery feel to the collection.

Known for large-scale watercolor images and custom wall murals, Black Crow Studios’ growing artist collaboration series adds a photographer for the first time. “Working with Gray was a no-brainer. I have been a fan of his work and of Gray as a person for a long time,” says Hiner. “His photography makes for stunning wallcovering and his take on translating different patterns found on beaches all around the world into graphic designs is brilliant.”

“Shooting beaches across six continents I have found umbrellas to be universal and a staple of any beach scene. Their array of organic patterns, lines, shapes and colors influenced the creation of the collection,” says Malin. “Working with wallpaper as a medium allows me to share my images on a larger scale to collectors who can now display them on an entire wall in their home, or even in a whole room.”

“Designers and design consumers alike will see value in this creative collaboration of Gray’s style and vision teamed up with Tracy’s expertise and reputation for excellence in the industry,” adds Zak Graff, director of Ensemble ZKG, a consulting agency for creative professionals. “It has been exciting to see this collection come to life.”

The Gray Malin XO Black Crow Studios collection will launch with an exclusive preview on One Kings Lane, in conjunction with Malin’s summer-focused event, July 24-26. The full collection will be available at and


Lisbon Umbrellas Wallpaper (detail) Gray Malin XO Black Crow Studios

Lisbon Umbrellas Wallpaper (detail)

Lisbon Umbrellas

Dubai Umbrellas (detail) Gray Malin XO Black Crow Studios

Dubai Umbrellas Wallpaper (detail)

Dubai Umbrellas

Hamptons Stripe Wallpaper (detail) Gray Malin XO Black Crow Studios

Hamptons Stripe Wallpaper (detail)

Hamptons Stripe

St. Tropez Wallpaper (detail) Gray Malin XO Black Crow Studios

St. Tropez Wallpaper (detail)

St. Tropez

Additional images available. 

About Black Crow Studios: Black Crow Studios is a custom wallpaper company that pushes the traditional idea of wallpaper into the realm of art. Offering a selection of artistic wallpapers by the roll and custom wall murals, this is not your average wallpaper! Black Crow Studios creates large wall murals without a repeating pattern designed beautifully to work perfectly within your space and style. Select designs, including the most requested watercolor designs, are available printed on canvas.

About Gray Malin: Hunting the globe for unusual beauty, Los Angeles-based photographer Gray Malin captures stunning, unforgettable imagery. Aiming to create work that can be easily stylized into collectors’ homes, each body of work begins with the end product in mind: one’s walls. A Dallas native born in 1986, Malin graduated from Emerson College in 2007, majoring in photography and marketing. His work is currently on exhibit at various galleries around the country and has been published around the world, most recently in Details Magazine and The Huffington Post. For more on Maison Gray, The House of Gray Malin Photography, visit

About Ensemble ZKG: Ensemble ZKG is a consulting agency providing product development, licensing and brand management services for creative professionals in the home decor, interior design and manufacturing industries. Inspired by groups of artists and performers – musicians, actors, dancers – breathing, moving and playing together, Ensemble is built on the idea that creative partners become something else entirely when they combine efforts in a united performance.

For more information on the Gray Malin XO Black Crow Studios collection, or to schedule an interview, please contact Black Crow Studios at 310.266.7819 or email

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About zkgraff

Man on the move, Director @ensemblezkg, Host of @DesignInConvo Podcast, Triathlete, CrossFitter, Ironman CA 70.3 Finisher
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