Curious Objects: Meet the Millennials Proving That Young People Love Old Things

Editorial Staff Curious Objects

Floor lamp, Gustav Gurschner (1873–1970), Austrian, mid-1900s. Courtesy of Salt Lizard, Brooklyn, New York. 

This week on our podcast, host Benjamin Miller checks in with the intriguingly named Salt Lizard, a two-woman antiques gallery at the center of hipsterdom: Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Lizzie Trinder and Rita Nehmé bring all their vocal-fried charm to bear on the shortcomings of fast furniture, what it was like doing business with reticent Millennials and Zoomers during the pandemic, and a trio of fascinating finds: Gustav Gurschner’s theatrical art nouveau floor lamp, a transferware lavabo, and the niftiest games table/console you’re likely to find this side of the Levant.

Rita Nehmé and Lizzie Trinder are the owners and co-presidents of Salt Lizard. They manage all aspects of the business from sourcing, marketing, financials, and everything in between. Prior to Salt Lizard, Rita worked in the international humanitarian aid sector for over nine years, focusing on refugee emergency response and advocating for effective humanitarian policy change. Rita has worked with renowned non-governmental organizations like Human Rights Watch and the International Rescue Committee. Lizzie is Certified Public Accountant with experience in financial services and local government. She previously worked for the New York City Council on the Oversight and Investigations Division and Deloitte.