Jamilyn Fournier’s The Collector’s House (The Shops Gainey Village, in Scottsdale, Arizona) is a lifestyle and interiors destination that is truly a feast for the eyes and the heart. Tall, aged wooden doors from a French castle mix elegantly with African tribal sculptures and a one-of-a-kind prototype 1950s chandelier in the high-ceilinged space. In the showroom, exquisite handcrafted furniture has its own spotlight. The boutique shelves are lined with stories, and curator and founding principal Fournier can recount the origin of each piece, which expresses a connection to the community of artists and designers here and around the world. thecollectorshouse.biz
Describe your vision for the expansion to include a showroom.
We are pure artistry, and the lines we carry are inspirational to me. Verellen is Belgian-inspired and perfected in America, and Alfonso Marina is the original ebanista, made in Mexico City. Both companies are family businesses with the creators actively involved in every step, every day. This exquisite, handcrafted furniture is holding court in its own spotlight.
How do you choose what to feature?
I seek out the organic. Everything we carry is handmade or bench-made. I’m drawn to items that make the everyday extraordinary. I still love to set a beautiful table, even if we’re barefoot on the patio. I feel honored to partner with so many artisans and I want to be a resource for the many talented designers in our area.