He was a political reporter for the Wall Street Journal before founding Jeff Lincoln Interiors. Now, with the recent launch of Collective, a 2,500-square foot gallery inside a former power station in Southampton, New York, Jeff Lincoln is a bona fide modern-day Renaissance man. Furthermore, his intent for the airy, industrial space goes beyond selling the modern art and mid-century and contemporary furniture it exhibits: “It’s a serious intellectual endeavor,” he says. “The shows are meant to educate.” Here’s more:
What was the tipping point to doing this?
I’m entrepreneurial by nature—partly why I became a designer in the first place. Plus I’d been seeing an increasing connection between art and collectible design, and felt a need to show how they relate. Then this cavernous, raw, totally inspiring space became available.
Why the Hamptons?
It was happenstance. I had my idea, and the space, which isn’t prohibitively expensive like something similar in Manhattan would be, allowed me to do it.
Anything noteworthy happen so far?
Donna Karan bought a small bronze by Rogan Gregory.
What show’s next?
“Americans in Paris in the ’50’s,” with paintings by Norman Bleuhm and Sam Francis, abstract artists I feel aren’t as recognized as they should be.
How does your workday break down?
60 percent interiors, 40 percent gallery. This morning I was in Connecticut working on a Stanford White house, and now I’m at the gallery. It’s really all one thing—they work in tandem.
What’s a favorite piece in your home?
Dream design piece to own?
Something by Max Lamb.
Journalism and design—any overlap?
Yes! Both must have a narrative, a through line. They can’t just be gobbledygook. There needs to be rationale for each thing that’s included, whether it’s a sentence or a sofa.