Photography By CHICHI UBIÑA
The Collective and Fairfield County LOOK present the curators at The Collective. The Collective is a group of exceptional dealers of both vintage and antique finds. Visit their 13,000 sq.ft space located at 50 John Street in the antiques district of Stamford, CT. Just south of I-95.
Name: Lotte Meister and Susan McGovern
Where are you from? Where did you grow up? We are longtime friends who have lived our adult lives near each other in Rye. We grew up in New Jersey and New York respectively and share an East Coast vibe. In addition, Lotte was born in Denmark and raised in a Danish household which adds a definite Scandinavian point of view to our work.
Describe your personal style: Susan’s eye goes to the more modern pieces – think lucite, chrome, and brass, while Lotte is drawn to the more organic – rattan, bamboo, and natural wood. These styles marry surprisingly well and give our booth at The Collective a unique look that we are proud of. We also both love to entertain and are always looking for pieces that add flair to a party. We never say no to a good animal print!
When did you start collecting? We have always been collecting and styling. Lotte remembers spending hours rearranging furniture in her Danish dollhouse, while Susan became interested in antiques as a teenager, redecorating her bedroom with found vintage pieces. Our collecting took off in earnest as we began furnishing our own homes, and has now grown to a point where we have our own retail presence at The Collective.
What might we find at your booth in The Collective? We like to think of our booth as an actual room. When these photos were taken, we were featuring a chic sitting room featuring a pair of beautiful vintage French chrome and leather club chairs and an amazing tramp art console. Right now, you will find a modern farmhouse sitting room. Special pieces in our current display include a chrome and rattan console table (we call it our furniture baby since it blends both our points of view), a pair of fabulous chinoiserie table lamps and a fun bamboo bar cart. You will always find a bar cart in our booth!
Have your life experiences affected how and what you collect? We have continued to collect for quality and for the “investment piece,” but we also believe that there is plenty of room for pieces that are fun and just make you smile. Our favorite spaces are the ones that mix high and low, old and new, serious and whimsical.
If you won the lottery, how would you go about enhancing your collection? We already feel like we have won the lottery! To be able to have a booth here at The Collective and show our work to the public is extremely fortunate. But of course if we actually won the lottery, we would probably have to take a trip to Paris and Palm Beach to see what treasures might be lurking there.
What are the pros and cons in your business that people don’t realize? The pros definitely outweigh the cons. Being surrounded by so many other wonderful and talented dealers and having the support of The Collective team is a definite positive. The hunt for new items never gets old. The one clear con is that furniture is heavy and hard to move!
Name a character of fiction or reality who would feel most at home with your personal style/collection? Definitely Dorothy Parker. Not only do we love a “round table,” but we like to think all of our rooms are set up for intimate conversation, a good debate, and a cocktail or two!