Home Sweet Warehouse – The New York Times

On a recent morning, Mr. Vieira de Vieira, 33, and Ms. Monteiro Vieira, 20, had just prepared their room for the team’s arrival, a ritual that consists of folding up the sofa bed where they sleep and stashing the pillows and bedding in the utility closet/boiler room. The couple rent the room from a friend of Mr. Vieira de Vieira who lives upstairs. They have their own bathroom, and share the upstairs kitchen and living room with the friend. The rent is $1,200 a month.

Ages: He, 33; she, 20. Occupations: Founders of Incausa, which they call “an indigenous social business experiment.” The company, which sells incense and crafts, is working with people in Brazil, Peru, Tibet and the American Southwest. Rent: $1,200 a month plus utilities (approximately $200 more). What their roommate thinks about the arrangement: “He loves it!” said Mr. Vieira de Vieira. “He’s like the complete opposite of me: Austrian, works in the music industry. We’re like brothers: We fight, have our differences, but are such great support. Him allowing us to be here made all the difference.” About their stuff: Mr. Vieira de Vieira prides himself on keeping only two pairs of pants, though he worries that he may be putting too much pressure on them. Ms. Monteiro, the clotheshorse of the couple, admits to having five or maybe even six pairs of pants. They each have three pairs of shoes. Their winter attire is stored in a single suitcase. Expansion plans: Incausa has a base in Dublin, and Mr. Vieira de Vieira’s sister is running another in Australia. Of course, he said, these aren’t huge operations; “they’re like this — in someone’s bedroom.”

“We just wake up, stretch, shower and start working,” Mr. Vieira de Vieira said. “This whole year I’ve hardly gone outside during daylight hours!”

This was not, he admitted, in keeping with the life balance goals that he and Ms. Monteiro Vieira have posted on a chart — the better for daily monitoring — above their bed: reading, reflection, harmony, rest, stretch, exercise, eight glasses of water.

Their L-shaped basement space includes the utility closet, a clothes closet and the narrow stone courtyard outside, which filters wan light into the room. It is bathed in soft lamplight throughout the day and suffused by the smell of incense and soap, a gentle woodsy odor. The stock, much of which is Brazilian, includes dozens of baskets and mats woven by the Xavante people, Yawalapiti hammocks, a pair of 5-foot-tall Mehinako masks, two elk-skin drums and a bow and a clutch of hand-hewn wooden arrows.

The room has been given over almost entirely to business, leaving space for only a smattering of personal items perched on the window ledge — a carved jaguar with a broken paw and copies of “The Portable Voltaire,” “The Pocket Dalai Lama” and “The Little History of…

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