MiN New York was founded in 1999 by Chad Murawczyk. Located on historical Crosby Street in SoHo New York City, a center of the city's cultural heritage and stomping ground to seminal artists like: Bowie, Basquiat and Warhol. Named as one of the top independent perfumeries in the world, MiN New York's haute parfumerie & apothecary in SoHo NYC is a destination for the discerning.
Anything is possible when one is bold enough to play their hand. We believe in design as magic, that a better product can enrich your life, and through an authentic experience something previously unknown about ourselves is revealed. Craft without compromise means producing something that is greater than the sum of its parts.
Dating back to before 3000 BC, griffins are known for guarding treasure and priceless possessions. The name originates from both the Greek word γρυπός (grypos), meaning ‘curved’, or ‘hooked’ and the Akkadian karūbu (winged creature similar to a Cherub). The griffin is blessed with the speed, flight, and penetrating vision of the eagle and the strength, courage, and majesty of the lion. It is the king of birds and lord of the air united with the king of beasts and lord of the earth.
The griffin’s ability to soar like an eagle made him an emblem of poetic and spiritual inspiration. The eagle parts of the griffin represented the saints with their thoughts, aspirations, and souls lifted towards God. Its lion half stood for their courage in the arena and in the continuing struggle against sin, evil, and the Devil. As emblems of the saints, griffins are sometimes pictured eating fruit picked from the Tree of Life.
Images of two griffins drinking from a flaming cup were common in the Persian religion, coming across this image, would be reminded of the Eucharist and the cup of fire became associated with the Holy Grail. Because of the griffin’s strength and powers of sight, it was believed to guard hidden treasures and hide them in their golden nests with their young. Griffins are a symbol of the sun, wisdom, vengeance, strength, salvation, and is used to denote strength, courage and leadership.
My philosophy is simple - The world doesn’t need more products, it needs better products. A well lived life is the compilation of well lived moments. Creating the best possible objects for discerning individuals around the world is my passion.
What & how I produce is a direct reflection of my value system and perspective. My hope & desire is that what I create speaks to you on a visceral level.