Orchard Street, on New York City's Lower East Side, is in the midst of a great upheaval. Raw denim boutiques rub shoulders with the stalwarts of Chinatown's eastern end, while old school lingerie shops still dot the block. Coming Soon, a design oasis prone to Seussian follies, is the newest addition. Founded by Chelsea veterans Fabiana Faria and Helena Barquet, the duo cut their teeth in the insular world of high-end 21st century furniture. But don't let their pedigreed resume fool you: Coming Soon rarely takes itself that seriously. In one corner lies a giant mylar tent for relaxation, while the ceiling is adorned with countless golden balloons. Inside, they've amassed a motley collection of nifty home goods that range from $7 to $7,000.
The airy space on 37 Orchard Street isn't easily categorized. There's a profusion of bohemian body products, a host of swingin' furniture that recalls the libidinous interiors of an early James Bond film, and no shortage of contemporary finds. When asked about their design sensibility, Fabiana Faria notes that, "We do feel that there is a movement within the younger design community that is very much into Memphis and the 1980s, but, personally, we are trying to move more towards the 70s." Since everyone is sporting a communal hangover from the ubiquity of Memphis Modern, Coming Soon's vision is a welcome change of pace. Below, we've assembled the top 10 items we'd like to put on layaway.
1. Mossier Glass is a downright institution. Using the same molds from 1950, they continue to make otherworldly jadeite serving dishes.
2. These late 1960s bubblegum pink chairs belong in the saacharine nail salon of our dreams.
3. Peek inside Coming Soon and, shoved in a corner, is a prismatic, mylar folly that is actually a meditation cocoon. And the best part? You can get your own. Designed by Grace Villamil, the D.I.Y kit is a mere $240.
4. Courtesy of Chaparral Studios, these teeny tiny geodes hide erotic, swarthy scenes.
5. It's no secret that we have been salivating over 1968: Italian Radical Design for quite some time. Let this book—a time capsule into the swingin' seventies—adorn your coffee table for $80.
6. This black and white chair has already been snatched up, but with good reason: a 1970's cantilever chair is an obligatory purchase for any groovy bachelor pad.
7. This $7.50 plate may seem simple, but don't be fooled by its puritanical appearance. This hand glazed ruby-rimmed beauty is nothing short of perfect.
8. Plucked from an Indonesian schoolyard, these baby blue and pink chairs are stackable, dainty, and ready for your next dinner part. Bragging rights include that they were featured in Purple Magazine.
9. Isabel Halley's handbuilt bumpy vase is $280.
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