MARKZEFF is an international, full-service, design-consulting firm based in New York City. Currently, MARKZEFF employs a team of Architects, Interior Designers, Graphic Designers, Brand/Marketing Managers and offers an extensive in-house material library.
MARKZEFF is organized into three departments: Architectural/Environmental Design, Interior Design and Branding/Marketing. Each of these divisions is staffed with Project Managers, Senior Designers and Junior Designers. Inter-departmental teams are tailored for each project based on the needs of the client. Projects are led by the creative direction of Mark Zeff and a Senior Project Manager for each Department.
Over the last 25 years, MARKZEFF has evolved from a residential design firm into one of the nation’s leading multi-disciplinary boutique design firms. We believe the attention to detail given to our private residential clients is essential to our success and is a characteristic the firm has maintained through its evolution. Mark Zeff began his career in the United States working with private clients throughout the world; designing homes, townhouses and yachts. The strength and range of the firm’s residential design laid the groundwork for its expansion into commercial design and branding.
The firm’s unique offering of environmental design, interior design and branding has proven essential for the commercial realm, including the Hotel, Restaurant, Casino, Spa and Retail industries. MARKZEFF has worked on a range of different projects across the country and internationally using these integrated design platforms.
MARKZEFF does not believe in generic solutions nor do we believe in a conventional or standardized way of thinking. We believe that each design discipline should work together under a unified creative direction. This way, the design outcome generated by each discipline naturally relates and does not require adaption to coexist. The team’s multi-disciplinary experience brings a fresh perspective to each project and allows us to examine every design with an unbiased eye. When our clients are faced with challenging situations, we provide them with strategic recommendations to address problems and apply solutions.
We pride ourselves on developing excellent working relationships with our clients, founded on strong communication and a dynamic, collaborative spirit. We help clients clarify their goals and formulate meaningful, measurable objectives. We also recognize that projects are not static, but rather, evolve over time. We pride ourselves on working closely with our clients throughout the entire process and evolving with our clients throughout the various phases of each project.
Mark Zeff has over thirty years’ experience in architecture, interior design and furniture design, Mark Zeff is a recognized industry leader. A native of South Africa, he began his studies in industrial design at Buckinghamshire Polytechnic outside of London and received his Architectural Degree from Chelsea Design School in London. After completing his master’s degree, he moved to Sydney, Australia where he completed several successful restaurants and private residential projects in collaboration with Marsh Freedman & Associates and Glen Murcott. Zeff continued to become the Design Director for Kohler in Sydney. In 1982, he moved to New York City and began his career in design at the Walker Group, an upscale retail and corporate branding firm. Three years later, Zeff opened his own furniture showroom and started his own architectural design firm. In his solo career, Mark transformed his company from a residential design firm into one of the nation’s leading multidisciplinary boutique design agencies. From luxury yachts to the development of global brands and revolutionary hospitality ventures, Mark has honed his holistic design philosophy. With innovation as its bedrock, Mark Zeff delivers cutting edge design with an eye for elegance and style.
Custom Furniture & Lighting
Hospitality – Selected Projects
MARKZEFF has been tapped to design the flagship Virgin Hotel that will be located in NoMad, the hottest new area for residential real estate, design and restaurants in New York City. This highly anticipated property includes 450 guestrooms with three floors of pool and restaurant space. The design firm will also be designing the 240-room Virgin Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee on Music Row, which takes inspiration from the music scene.
Brand Development – BLACKBARN
Mark Zeff launched his own lifestyle brand, BLACKBARN, in the spring of 2015, which includes real estate development, a restaurant, a book, and a workshop/retail. The name comes from the home the South African-born designer built in the Northwest Harbor section of East Hampton. A sedate, sexy modern black barn that stands in contrast to the area’s myriad, out-of-place, oversized dwellings, BLACKBARN is a blend of industrial, artful, refined, and understated. BLACKBARN is a lifestyle that redefines luxury,
Zeff, who began his career in residential design, has created homes for clients including Hilary Swank, Annie Leibovitz, Alexis Bittar, and Gabriel Bryne, among others.
Luxury Real Estate – Selected Projects
MARKZEFF was tapped to be the interior designer for all the public spaces and the residences for the luxury condominium development and sales office for 500 W 21st Street for Sherwood Realty. Located along the Highline in the Chelsea Section of New York City, this extraordinary property sold out within six weeks of the opening of the sales office for the property. For the residences, the firm created interiors that have a modern, industrial-chic design. Each apartment has
Product & Furniture Design
Maison Gerard, one of the world’s leading furniture galleries specializing in fine Art Deco and contemporary design, debuted the Bronze Age: Constantine Series by Mark Zeff. For this collection, Zeff took inspiration from his favorite Art Deco and 1940’s French modernist designers. Bronze is the material that forms the foundation of this collection that consists of a desk, console, club chair, armchair, and ottoman.
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