ÉTÉ SANS FIN’: LIMITED EDITION SURFBOARD COLLECTION

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I grew up in a small coastal town in Australia, called Port Macquarie, so the beach & its influence is intrinsic to my style.

Spending 10 years in Sydney’s Eastern beaches, Bondi, Tamarama & Bronte – I was really inspired by the living style of bringing outdoors in. The relaxed, sanctuary style of the original beach houses that had been restored with luxe finishes, while still keeping some of their beautiful bohemian original aesthetics.

Moving to New York City, my closest beach destination is the Hamptons. I like to spend time in Montauk, known as ‘The End’ because it’s the easternmost point of the island and New York state. When you think of New York, you think skylines & yellow cabs, but the beautiful juxtaposition is that New York is also home to this sleepy little beach town, that on most days is the same shade as a desaturated Instagram filter (my ideal palette!).

Interiors in Montauk are built for beach living and are often people's second homes to escape the craziness of the city.

Whilst living in the USA, I have also spent extended time in California. The Pacific Coast Highway from Santa Monica up to Big Sur is one of my favourite stretches of road on the planet. I am wholly obsessed with SoCal architecture & interiors – 1970’s beach bungalows, masculine but minimal interiors, and palm trees for as far as the eye can see.

It is the time I have spent in these three locations, that inspired this limited edition SAMANTHA WILLS ‘ÉTÉ SANS FIN’ (Endless Summer) Surfboard Series. I designed 3 boards, individually inspired by each location; ‘BRONTE’, (NSW, Australia), ‘PACIFIC COAST HWY’ (Malibu, California), & ‘MONTAUK’ (East Hampton, New York). – SWx


 

*These were created as Limited Edition in collaboration with Rhythm Sticks, Byron Bay

 

ÉTÉ SANS FIN shot in interiors at La Porte Space, Sydney Australia


Moodboards and Pantone swatches while creating the ÉTÉ SANS FIN surfboard series.

Moodboards and Pantone swatches while creating the ÉTÉ SANS FIN surfboard series.


ÉTÉ SANS FIN: SAMANTHA WILLS SURFBOARDS Campaign

Photographer: Scott Ehler

 

DESIGN INSPIRATION: DECONSTRUCTED

M O N T A U K //   I am a huge fan of the artist, Michael Dweck @MichaelDweckStudio. In the early 2000’s, Dweck started to photograph the surfing subculture in Montauk, and I love everything about his captures. The celebration of the female form (Dweck often shoots female nudes, and has published an underwater series called ‘MERMAIDS’ which is a breathtaking stunning series of women shot underwater with a beautiful play of light & water reflection). My very favourite piece, however, is a shot called ‘Dave and Pam in Their Caddy’ – a shot of a couple pulling up in Montauk, roof down on their car with a surfboard perched out along the back seat. Michael Dweck’s photography is a capture of my dream life existence. Secluded, saltwater, no schedule, and close to Manhattan if you want a city fix, but far enough away, that you could be at the very End of the world – something Montauk is known as.  So this board is inspired by my love for Montauk, by its monochromic haze that lingers through the fall & winter months (my favourite time to be there). And obviously, given my above gush, inspired by the surf culture & capture of my most beloved artist, Michael Dweck.  This board is gloss black, with a grey & white marbled bottom, and is designed for those who see the world through monochrome glasses.

M O N T A U K //

I am a huge fan of the artist, Michael Dweck @MichaelDweckStudio. In the early 2000’s, Dweck started to photograph the surfing subculture in Montauk, and I love everything about his captures. The celebration of the female form (Dweck often shoots female nudes, and has published an underwater series called ‘MERMAIDS’ which is a breathtaking stunning series of women shot underwater with a beautiful play of light & water reflection). My very favourite piece, however, is a shot called ‘Dave and Pam in Their Caddy’ – a shot of a couple pulling up in Montauk, roof down on their car with a surfboard perched out along the back seat. Michael Dweck’s photography is a capture of my dream life existence. Secluded, saltwater, no schedule, and close to Manhattan if you want a city fix, but far enough away, that you could be at the very End of the world – something Montauk is known as.

So this board is inspired by my love for Montauk, by its monochromic haze that lingers through the fall & winter months (my favourite time to be there). And obviously, given my above gush, inspired by the surf culture & capture of my most beloved artist, Michael Dweck.

This board is gloss black, with a grey & white marbled bottom, and is designed for those who see the world through monochrome glasses.

PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY //   I couldn’t pick an exact location when I was designing this board, but calling it ‘California’ seemed just slightly too broad! I designed this with a Venice Beach sunset in mind... the blush tones inspired by about 15 minutes after the sun has sunk into the Pacific Ocean, and it sends up defused warm, blush light that sets the clouds on fire. It is those 15-20 minutes after the sun has sunk that are my favourite. I picture this board in Malibu Bungalow that is built into a cliff, high above the Pacific Coast Hwy, that see’s all the way out to the ocean. The only thing that would complete the perfect picture for this board, as if it was strapped to the roof of a vintage cream Porsche, with tan interior & two overnight bags on the back seat. A couple would be driving north up the PCH, heading for Big Sur, and stopping wherever the waves were good along the way.  Gloss blush, with a thin white key line & dusty sand rails, the bottom of this features the same, but in contrast the blush is replaced with a strong black & white marble base – This board is the true Masculine v Feminine, and is one of the key style elements I ensure are present in all my interior work.

PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY //

I couldn’t pick an exact location when I was designing this board, but calling it ‘California’ seemed just slightly too broad! I designed this with a Venice Beach sunset in mind... the blush tones inspired by about 15 minutes after the sun has sunk into the Pacific Ocean, and it sends up defused warm, blush light that sets the clouds on fire. It is those 15-20 minutes after the sun has sunk that are my favourite. I picture this board in Malibu Bungalow that is built into a cliff, high above the Pacific Coast Hwy, that see’s all the way out to the ocean. The only thing that would complete the perfect picture for this board, as if it was strapped to the roof of a vintage cream Porsche, with tan interior & two overnight bags on the back seat. A couple would be driving north up the PCH, heading for Big Sur, and stopping wherever the waves were good along the way.

Gloss blush, with a thin white key line & dusty sand rails, the bottom of this features the same, but in contrast the blush is replaced with a strong black & white marble base – This board is the true Masculine v Feminine, and is one of the key style elements I ensure are present in all my interior work.

B R O N T E //   The Bronte board is inspired directly by the beautiful 1960’s Bronte beach house I am lucky enough to call home when I am in Australia. I wanted to include a texture on this piece, and love the detail in the cross-hatching of the cane work. The paler marble on the deck represents the whitewashed concrete walls in the Bronte House that have probably been painted nearly a hundred times. They are fresh but carry a wear that holds stories of others who have enjoyed the beach existence. The cane work contrasts against this as inspired by the cane & raw leather interior of the home, with the rails moving into a hand mixed marble that carries through to the base of the board. Full gloss, and designed for those who love an all white, light wood & palm tree interior feel.

B R O N T E //

The Bronte board is inspired directly by the beautiful 1960’s Bronte beach house I am lucky enough to call home when I am in Australia. I wanted to include a texture on this piece, and love the detail in the cross-hatching of the cane work. The paler marble on the deck represents the whitewashed concrete walls in the Bronte House that have probably been painted nearly a hundred times. They are fresh but carry a wear that holds stories of others who have enjoyed the beach existence. The cane work contrasts against this as inspired by the cane & raw leather interior of the home, with the rails moving into a hand mixed marble that carries through to the base of the board. Full gloss, and designed for those who love an all white, light wood & palm tree interior feel.

Samantha Wills