NYC's Most Interesting Shop? by

Issue 9 · High/Low Design · February 29, 2012

NYC's Most Interesting Shop?

Issue 9 · High/Low Design · February 29, 2012

I am a slavish devotee of Maryam Nassir Zadeh, stylist and owner of the Lower East Side shop that bears her name. Why? The world she has created is more experiential than commercial.

Zadeh, along with her business/life partner Uday Kak (a photographer by training), takes a sideways approach to glamour, blending high and low with old and new. Polished concrete flooring and thrifted furniture comprise the backdrop for a selection of previously unseen clothing, sculptural jewelry, and found objects. Jewelry is displayed on a marble slab table salvaged from a nearby pizza parlor, and textiles are draped on an abandoned church pew. For more information, visit Maryam Nassir Zadeh.

Photography via The Selby (except where noted).

Maryam Nassir Zadeh and Uday Kak in New York

Above: Zadeh and Kak debate the placement of jewelry on a vintage table.

Flea-market finds at Maryam Nassir Zadeh

Above: Flea-market finds and a black fabric sculpture coexist in a corner of the store.

White furniture and pale oxfords

Above: Bleached coral, paired with off-white brogues.

Antique clothing rack

Above: A clothing rack is stocked with pieces by Electric Feathers, Susan Cianciolo, and Isabel Marant.

Fredricks & Mae Arrows and dried gourds

Above: Dried gourds sit below colorful Fredricks & Mae Arrows ($95 each). Photo via Shopikon.

Sculptural coat rack

Above: A clothing rack functions as a sculptural element in the space.

Above: The Palm's Necklace by Lauren Manoogian; $196 (L). Summer hats, shoes, and jewelry (R). Photo via Claudia Cifu.

Blankets on display at Maryam Nassir Zadeh

Above: Blankets on display; potted cacti and succulents add a note of green to the urban space. Photo via Refinery29.

White cotton poplin dress from Maryam Nassir Zadeh

Above: A white poplin dress from Japanese designer Undercover, available via the website (photography by Uday Kak and styling by Zadeh). Photo via Maryam Nassir Zadeh.

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