The carefully edited store, connected to a café (shown above) by the same name, is a joint venture with Chef John Doherty of BLACKBARN Restaurant in Chelsea Market.
Style setters Mark and Kristen Zeff travel widely, sourcing global merchandise made by artisans for their BLACKBARN Shop in New York City.
They have commissioned artisans both locally and from such places as Morocco, Bali, South Africa, Spain, Portugal and Italy to create pieces specific to the shop.
“We are invested in the people and stories surrounding every product we bring through our doors,” assures Mark. The Zeffs nurture partnerships with small, family-owned brands, such as Barcelona-based Arxe, which also provided the custom refurbished wood bar top (that you will notice when waiting for a Sweater Weather cocktail, made with bourbon and cinnamon).
The custom Arxe pieces are hand-cut from salvaged materials, such as recycled hemp for the Mountain Basket – perfect for firewood – and 19thcentury flour sacks for the Saco cushions that make the dining seating so comfortable.
The Zeffs also know all about pairing comfort with style at home – they have two daughters, a baby son and two Yorkies.
“We named our lifestyle brand after our home in East Hampton, NY, which Mark designed as a modern take on a sleek, minimalist barn,” concludes Kristen.
Tableware, flatware, glasses and linens used in the café are available for purchase, along with branded jams, chocolates, coffee and other finds. BLACKBARN Store (shown above)
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