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A Brooklyn Home by the Duo Behind New York’s Coolest Design Shop

PHOTOS BY MICHAEL A. MULLER

Coming Soon is the design shop most cities only wish they had. The downtown New York boutique, founded by former art gallerists Fabiana Faria and Helena Barquet, opened in 2013 in an area that’s since become a nexus of cool, thanks to neighbors like Dimes, Project no 8, Mission Chinese, and Fung Tu. The plant-filled shop hosts occasional exhibitions and carries a pitch-perfect mix of vintage finds (we still lament the selling-out of these amazing chairs) and design’s most-wanted giftables (think exclusive CHIAOZZA lump nubbins, Fredericks & Mae tinsel tassels, and Bower cheese boards). And it does so in a space that’s constantly changing but somehow always exactly what you need.

What we didn’t know when we first met Barquet and Faria is that the two have an ad-hoc, not-quite-professional interior design business on the side, which makes sense the minute you step into their store. “One of the best compliments we got when the shop first opened was, ‘It’s like your best friends’ cool apartment,” says Barquet. “And we were like, yeah! We’ll take that!” The two like to think of themselves as stylists more than interior designers, able to source that just-right thing you need for the last room in your home. But for their friend Xavier Guardans, a photographer who lives in a recently renovated, three-floor firehouse in Brooklyn, they went one step further, selecting items from top to bottom from their own store or on scouting trips, everything from a vintage ’70s Italian chair to a doctored-up Chinatown stool to a marble Chen & Kai magazine rack. On the sweatiest day of last summer, we went with our photographer Michael Muller to scope it out.