Zazen Bear: An Oasis of Peace in Manhattan

Zazen Bear Flagship Store Opens in SoHo

Nov 18, 2015, 11:15 ET from ZAZEN BEAR

NEW YORK, Nov. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The everyday life we all lead is frenetic and overcome by millions of stimuli; there is never enough time or peace. Zazen Bear, a new Zen retail concept store at 497 Broome Street, wants to help New Yorkers find their moment of inner peace.

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Through a carefully crafted collection of products that range from jewelry to home furnishing, Zazen Bear offers a unique retail experience that starts when entering the 2,400 sq. ft. store. Spread out on two floors, connected by an open staircase and a harmonious live-plant vertical garden, visitors are lead through the three interlocked circular rooms into a voyage of discovery and sensory exploration.

Inspired by the idea that everything and everybody is connected, each item is carefully crafted to evoke a sense of harmony, relaxation and tranquility when touched, worn or used to decorate the home. Incorporating precious materials like diamonds, sapphires, gold and silver the jewelry collection spans from the Connected Ring Series (starting at $213.00 to $354.00) designed to represent the connection of the mind and the universe where our inner self intersects with the world around us; the Zazen bear monogram earrings featuring the iconic bear that represents harmony and inner peace (starting at $118.00 to $306.00); the Posey Bracelets of Balance, Meditation and Calm designed as a reminder to seek these three elements in the day (starting at $815.00); the Inner Stellar necklace a reminder to embrace the constellation of stars that represents our dreams and aspirations (starting at $538.00 to $931.00).

To offer a complete Zen and inner peace experience that consumers can also recreate in their homes or on the go, Zazen Bear has created a series of home decor objects and accessories that are a reminder to seek inner peace and harmony, like the Zazen Bear Ceramic Figure that placed where it can easily be seen throughout the day as a reminder to stop and breathe ($27.00); Aromatherapy Candle made with essential oils and 100% organic soy wax, they are available in different fragrances and come with a ceramic container featuring a Zazen Bear pattern that will project a changing pattern of light ($64.00); the Zazen Bear Key Ring replicating the gentle curves of the logo's bear as a simile with balance (starting at $24.00 to $30.00).

Zazen Bear wants to offer a 360 degree experience that creates a path from Zen to shopping by providing a sense of sanctuary and harmony that allows exploring through scent, texture and visuals. The lower level of the store is entirely dedicated to yoga and meditation for consumers and passersby in search of a moment of quiet but can also be used as a community center for art exhibits, events and screenings. Currently the lower level is hosting Zen and calligraphy paintings by Seiho.

To further connect all the elements of the space, Italian architect, Pierpaolo Martiradonna, has selected all natural materials for the interiors: Pietra di Vals for the main floor, natural oil finished white oak for the yoga studio floor, hand painted white oak for all the custom millwork elements (including the curved walls) and 3 types of plants for the vertical garden that require minimum light exposure to survive but act as air filter purifying the entire store.

The Zazen Bear concept of connection, harmony and peace of mind along with the mission of offering New Yorkers and all visitors a space where they can find their inner peace has been captured in a 6-episode video series that showcases the stories of common people living their frenetic days but being reminded by Zazen Bear to stop, breathe and relax.

To visit Zazen Bear:
497 Broome StreetNew York, NY