Visit Post Collection in Lakeville, Connecticut
May 11, 2023
A Brooklyn and Jackson, Wyoming-based design firm finds a perfect fit for its first showroom in Connecticut.
Text by Marni Elyse Katz
Walking into Post Collection in Lakeville, Connecticut, is akin to entering a soulful retreat. Taupe-y plaster walls extend a warm embrace, while black-stained knotty pine floorboards ground you. Once your eyes cut through the dappled sunlight and strong shadows, you might run your hands atop old, rough tables, sink into the forty-two-inch-deep Belgian-linen-covered sofa, and daydream about how this cozy, sophisticated setting, if yours, would up your Insta follower count in a flash.
Post Company, the design team behind the by-appointment showroom that opened last October, has bewitched guests with the hotels, restaurants, and residences it’s created in pastoral hamlets, seaside havens, and urban epicenters since it was founded in Jackson, Wyoming, in 2016. (The firm opened an office in Brooklyn, New York, in 2019.) Located in a colonial building on Main Street, Post Collection features the firm’s furniture and lighting lines complemented with keenly curated vintage decor.
“The environment is organized like a home and ebbs and flows depending on what we sell, pull for projects, or bring in from antiques stores,” says Jou-Yie Chou, a founding partner who established the Litchfield County outpost after moving to town with his family during the pandemic. “The space speaks to the locale, and we hope to provide cues that people can take into their own homes here.”
A handful of vignettes comprise the 800-square-foot space. The aforementioned sofa, which is based on artist Donald Judd’s geometrical installations, stretches along one wall. Sometimes Chou’s two children snuggle in head-to-head. Sixpenny produces the sofa as well as the armchairs resting at the edge of an Oriental rug.
Post Company partnered with Roll & Hill on four wooden tables and benches, available in hard maple, white oak, and black walnut, as well as five European-meets-Shaker-inspired blown-glass bell lanterns and understated sconces, available in unlacquered and blackened brass. The design team also worked on a grouping of black-glazed ceramic table lamps with Brooklyn maker Jesse Shaw of Episode, who imbued the recognizable institutional forms with wabi-sabi appeal.
Perhaps a local collaboration will materialize in the future. Meanwhile, Chou is discovering the region’s unique design community. “Last weekend I saw [furniture designer] Richard Wrightman at a tag sale and fanboyed out, asking him to come by,” Chou says. And he did.
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