Clybourn Media Furniture from Crate & Barrel

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There's some new stuff at Crate & Barrel and this media wall unit caught our attention for its mid-century styling and obvious Scandinavian influence. It's odd to see a new interpretation of the Danish teak wall units that are still so popular. This is especially true when the new design costs more than the original...

Is something amiss? By itself, the Clybourn Media Stand is very similar to the Giulia Media Credenza from Design Within Reach. It's a modern credenza that's been outfitted to reflect the needs of contemporary media equipment (drawers designed specifically to hold CDs and DVDs, sliding doors to hide components). With the Clybourn Hutch, the whole thing loses all appeal and becomes a retro joke. Would you agree?

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The Clybourn Media Stand is $1100 and the Clybourn Media Stand and Hutch is $2200.