Coup D’Etat’s New Home in SF’s Design District


If you’ve been to a showcase home in the Bay Area recently, chances are you’re familiar with Darin Geise, the creative director behind Coup d’Etat. No doubt your breath caught when entering his rooms, which, in the last few San Francisco Decorator Showcases, were serious show-stoppers: smoky and den-like, perfect for curling up with a good book, yet with the right balance of eclectic and contemporary touches to keep them from feeling at all like a study in antiquity. Well the Coup d’Etat team has outdone themselves with a small move (it’s just next door to their former Rhode Island St. location) to a bigger and better space. 

Shortening the name to COUP, the new showroom, located at 111 Rhode Island Street in San Francisco’s Design District, was overhauled by St. Helena force of nature, Erin Martin (who also offers some of her own designs amid the collection), and outfitted with a breathtaking mix of curiosities, modern touches and plenty of quality vintage.

The team’s collective creativity was celebrated at the opening party on September 30th, an event that turned into a veritable Who’s Who of the SF design industry. Spread out over more than 8,000 square feet–plenty of space to catch your breath, then lose it again—each room offers vignettes to inspire and delight. 

All images: Mona T. Brooks Photography

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