One of the many reasons we love New York is the constant eye candy! Every day incredible new shops, restaurants, and design projects sprout up. And this fall is no exception. Interior designer Mark Zeff, his wife Kristen, and celebrity Chef John Doherty have pooled their talents and expertise and are set to open the flagship BLACKBARN shop, cafe & bar on the ground floor of Chelsea Market. We're imagining a place where food and design cohabitate and meld together in the most pleasant of ways. Who doesn't love perusing homewares and accessories while having the option of resting their weary feet in a cafe & bar?
Considering BLACKBARN's multifaceted lifestyle brand was much loved from the the minute Zeff brought it to life
in East Hampton, and even more so when the lifestyle brand extended their BLACKBARN Shop to Dumbo, Brooklyn, we cannot have higher hopes. Chef Doherty's and Zeff's shared sensibility for good design (and food), has already been tried and proven with their NoMad area Black Barn Restaurant. And their shop is quite simply wonderful. Zeff and his wife have a great eye and constantly travel the world to purchase and import unique pieces for the home. They also pair with companies to develop products, such as with the venerated Dutch brand, Serax, and Arxe in Barcelona—which yielded a furniture line that will be debut at the flagship's opening. A library curated by Aaron Hicklin of One Grand Books—a project that has risen to fame for its celebrity-selected books—will be on hand and surrounded by an outdoor-inspired arrangements created by Lexington Gardens.
"BLACKBARN has the facility to integrate all elements of your lifestyle, capturing the exotic and worldly inspirations that define your vision," says Mark Zeff. He goes on, "The flagship will blur the lines, enabling a complete experience from entrance to exit: you can dine and furnish your entire home at BLACKBARN, from furniture to linens to kitchenware, with reasonably priced, hand-selected items."
Chef John Doherty, formerly the man at the helm of the Waldorf-Astoria for more than two decades during its heyday, has created a warm and delectible menu with mouthwatering dishes like Grilled Tuna Nicoise, Wild Mushroom Toast, and the Mission Fig Pizza. Love the tableware? Well lucky diner you, because it was all hand-selected by the BLACKBARN team and will be available for sale in the shop. So enjoy your meal and test out your soon-to-be new tableware while you are at it! The café's branded specialty food items such as jams, jellies, spices, sauces, chocolates, coffee and nuts will also be sold, with a portion of proceeds going to Heavenly Harvest Foundation to create meals for those in need.
"Since its inception, the market has been an anchor to the West Chelsea neighborhood, and we've worked hard to make sure the right mix of food purveyors and grocers are available to area residents and visitors. The addition of BLACKBARN will further strengthen the retail offerings of Chelsea Market and will continue to elevate the shopping experience offered to locals," added Michael Phillips, President of Jamestown, owner of Chelsea Market.
The BLACKBARN lifestyle brand represents a blend of industrial, artful, refined, and understated sensibilities. It redefines luxury, from creating bespoke homes for those who desire unconventional simplicity to combining farm vernacular with elegant style in a carefully curated group of objects. The brand's ethos and aesthetic come to life in a DUMBO, Brooklyn shop, filled with hand-selected furniture and homeware pieces, custom-designed and sourced from around the world; it takes an additional dimension at New York City's Black Barn Restaurant where seasonal, rustic fare meets a modern farmhouse atmosphere.
The most recent development, BLACKBARN Chelsea Market shop, cafe & bar, is set to open in late Fall 2017, and will change the way New Yorkers dine and shop for home goods by uniting hospitality and retail, in a homewares and accessories shop with a café & bar, to create the total brand experience.
The storied system behind the brand is perhaps best captured in the book, BLACKBARN, published by ORO Editions in 2015.
Mark Zeff, founder of the world-renowned and namesake design firm MARKZEFF, is a lifestyle thought leader for hotel design, architecture, residential and restaurant design, and home furnishings inspired by extensive globe-trotting. A native of South Africa, Mark has numerous ongoing residential projects as well as hospitality projects for Virgin Hotels, Canopy by Hilton, Kimpton and others. Mark, with his wife Kristen, is also the visionary behind BLACKBARN, a lifestyle brand that embodies living with ease, sumptuous beauty, and style simultaneously, first realized in the design of his Hamptons home. For more information, please visit www.blackbarnshop.com.
Kristen Zeff is native North Carolinian and a graduate of the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School. Following a stint at the Parson's School of Design, Kristen worked as a management consultant for both Deloitte and Accenture and served numerous Fortune 500 clients. Kristen left the corporate world in 2015 to start BLACKBARN with Mark and brings a feminine perspective to the brand. For more information, please visit www.blackbarnshop.com.
Chef John Doherty comes with an impressive background which includes a 30-year legacy at the Waldorf Astoria, 23 of those years serving as the Executive Chef and running the four hotel restaurants, as well as their catering and room service offerings. Throughout the years, he has cooked for more kings, presidents, and heads of state than any other chef.
He authored The Waldorf-Astoria Cookbook, and received the prestigious James Beard Silver Spoon Award, an Honorary Doctorate from Johnson and Wales University, and an Honorary Masters Degree from the Culinary Institute of America. He founded the Heavenly Harvest Foundation to create nutritious and quality meals for those in need. Currently, he's the Chef- Owner of Black Barn Restaurant, an American restaurant serving local, artisanal food, in the comfort of a space reminiscent of a modern barn where seasonal, rustic fare meets a farmhouse atmosphere. The interior was designed by Mark Zeff which was inspired by his barn-like home in the Hamptons. For more information, please visit www.blackbarnrestaurant.com.
Since it opened its doors to the public in 1996, Chelsea Market has been the insider's resource for artisanal goods in Manhattan. Chelsea Market is an authentic destination for culinary connoisseurs, chefs and local residents. Serving as the bridge between two iconic Manhattan neighborhoods, Chelsea and the Meatpacking District, Chelsea Market continues its commitment to the artisanal marketplace and craft manufacturing, and to the community that surrounds it. For more information, visit www.chelseamarket.com