How Gray Malin Does Father’s Day
Elephants, zebras, and giraffes checking in to the Parker hotel in Palm Springs. Color-happy balloons floating through the kingdom of Bhutan. Beach balls in Antarctica. And aerial shots of some of the most beautiful places in the world—from Lake Tahoe to Lake Como, Boston to Barcelona. Fine-art photographer and author Gray Malin’s work sparkles with joy, playfulness, and whimsy.
Art prints, books, home décor, furniture, stationery, sunglasses—the wildly talented and prolific Malin does it all. This summer, that “all” includes a collaboration with his favorite restaurant on Nantucket, Cru. The immersive experience, Cru Beach by Gray Malin, opens in July. “It’s inspired by the classic beach clubs I’ve photographed around the world,” he says. “It’s going to be so much fun.”
But glitzy collaborations aside, Malin is first and foremost a loving father and husband. So we asked him to turn his discerning eye to our Father’s Day Gift Guide. Read on for his picks, plus his thoughts on design, fatherhood, and Father’s Day celebrations.
Gray’s Gift Guide Picks
GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator
goop, $125/$112 with subscription
I’m a total skin-care enthusiast. Using the GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator a couple times a week has really helped—who doesn’t want a glowing complexion?SHOP NOW
PLAY 100% Mineral Lotion SPF 30 with Green Algae
Supergoop makes my favorite sunscreen. We’ve collaborated on a limited-edition travel set that features one of my fine-art images on the pouch and the products.SHOP NOW
Balls in the Air
goop, $90/$75 with subscription
I’m always traveling for work and constantly trying to stay healthy while on the go. I absolutely need this regimen in my life.SHOP NOW
My family recently moved closer to the beach, and I can’t wait to go on bike rides along the beach path with my husband and kids.SHOP NOW
Shinola + St. Pierre Bocce Ball Set
Not only do I love a fun lawn game, but this bocce ball set from Shinola also fits my aesthetic.SHOP NOW
Gray on Fatherhood
What’s your favorite thing about being a father?
It’s been so amazing to witness the ways my children are constantly evolving and growing. They are both unique and remind me daily how important it is to honor and value individuality in everyone.
Who are you shopping for this Father’s Day?
My husband, Jeff. He is the best father and coparent, and I’m excited to get something thoughtful to celebrate him.
How are you celebrating Father’s Day this year?
I am traveling so much in June that a day spent at home with my husband and kids in our new backyard will be the perfect simple celebration.
How has having kids informed how you design your own home?
I absolutely love interior design, and my number one piece of advice when designing a room is to lead with artwork that energizes and transports you. If you start with art, your space will come to life in ways you may have never expected. It may also help you see the space differently and encourage you to take your design in a direction you maybe wouldn’t have considered before. Of course I want my kids to grow up surrounded by and inspired by art, and I love seeing their reactions to my work—they were particularly excited about my new series, Dogs at the Parker.