Sure, your jeans are vintage, your shirt is locally made with a custom print, but what is your living room wearing?
At their new home design shop, Brick + Mortar, Ali Arain and Greg Coccaro want to sharpen your apartment’s style. “Accessories are the jewelry for your home,” says Coccaro. So go ahead and splurge on a pillow made by a Brooklyn designer.
Continuing in the vein of Williamsburg home-design pioneers like A&G Merch and Fresh Kills, Brick + Mortar offers a unique range of housewares and objects d’art. Arain, a corporate lawyer, and Coccaro, an interior decorator and former antique store owner, describe their aesthetic as “mid-century meets rock and roll, with an emphasis on clean architectural lines, pops of color, quality craftsmanship, and a California meets Brooklyn vibe.”
Some of the products found at this intersection of styles and vibes include: Seletti hybrid porcelain plates ($38 to $150 per piece), digital printed napkins and placements with trompe l’oeil lipstick kisses ($16-$22), and handwritten love notes that, according to Arian, “evoke a dining table after a really fun dinner party.”
The store is dedicated to showcasing Brooklyn’s design scene, and currently features Deborah Shavlik’s and Alexandra Ferguson’s pillows ($88-$320), Colin Adrian’s stained glass feathers ($48-$120), Maptote denim totes ($26), and leather baskets by AMT ($252.50).
Brick + Mortar, 240 Kent Ave., nr. N. 1st St.; currently soft-opened Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and by appointment.