Sipping, Looking and Maybe Buying

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Aurora and Anthony Mazzei, a married couple who live in Manhattan, specialize in clever ways to present design. Operating under the name Fair Folks & a Goat, they have opened a tea salon in an Upper East Side apartment and a bed-and-breakfast and a cafe in New Orleans, stocking each location with design pieces for sale.

Their latest endeavor, the Fair Folks cafe, similarly aims to be "a space where everything you encounter is for sale," Ms. Mazzei said recently.

A visitor surveyed the Houston Street space with an eye toward consumption: the Haynes mirror with brass wall mounts ($2,800) by the Brooklyn-based Egg Collective, a groovy set of white-ceramic speakers ($450) by Joey Roth, a carved blue bowling pin ($110) by Jason Boone.

For $25 a month, members get unlimited coffee and espresso, and discounts on the art and design, which will rotate every month or so. But you don't have to be a member to buy what they sell. "Design should be open to people," Mr. Mazzei said. "If you happen to buy it, terrific."

Fair Folks, 96 West Houston Street (Thompson Street), fairfolks.com.

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This article originally appeared in The New York Times.


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