Creativity at Work: Milk Studios

Founder and creative director of Milk Studios, Mazdack Rassi presides over a bicoastal creative media empire that springs from his world-renowned downtown photo studio and gallery, established in 1998. A who's-who of the fashion and art worlds regularly grace the halls of the 80,000-square-foot Meatpacking District headquarters--from sought-after lensmen Terry Richardson and Craig McDean, to fashion designers Peter Som and Alexander Wang. So it was only natural that Heather Clawson of décor blog Habitually Chic would stop in to shadow Rassi while putting together her book Creativity at Work, which offers a desk-side audience with J.Crew's Executive Creative Director and President Jenna Lyons, designer Jonathan Adler, and Paris Review Editor Lorin Stein, to name just a few. "Mazdack's office is a true representation of what he does," says Clawson, referencing the dynamic visuals on display in every corner of Rassi's penthouse workspace--from Rankin's nude photograph of Kate Moss, to Steve McCurry's iconic Afghan Girl. "The best offices are the ones that feature the most personal items," Clawson observes, and Rassi's myriad art books, world-weary banjo, collection of Star Wars paraphernalia and vintage video camera underline her point. "It's getting in someone's head," she adds. Like what you see? Shop Milk Studio's assortment of prints and books for your own office at Milk Made Gallery Store, and check out Heather Clawson's personal picks from the offerings, below. dh-books-outtakes-habitually-chic-shop
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$375, Yield Legs $50, Diego Uchitel: Polaroids $350 Contact Sheet: Philippe Halsman - Brigitte Bardot
Photographs: Heather Clawson/Habitually Chic