Crate & Barrel, Namedropper? Shark Jumper?

Crate & Barrel, Namedropper? Shark Jumper?

Maxwell Ryan
Mar 29, 2005

Dept. of Patrick. If you have recieved the new Crate & Barrel catalog, you may have noticed that something is shaking beneath the aging behemoth (we say that with love). Patrick nails it:

The new Crate & Barrel catalog is starting to read a little like a design who's who... Eva Ziesel, Jonathan Adler and Michael Graves all have products represented ...

Too true. Perhaps Gordon and Carole Segal out in Chicago were growing a little concerned at the rapid pace of fashion infusing the House and Home market? Perhaps Room & Board showed them how to successfully weave branded products into their own lineup? Perhaps Jonathan Adler told them that he wasn't overexposed enough?

At any rate, the new catalog is good, but not excellent, and we don't think the new designers are helping too much. Here are a few of our picks - classics, every one (okay, the table is just for fun):

  • Cordova Flatware ($50)

  • Table in a Bag ($40)

  • Stanton Satin ($25)

  • Ona Pitcher ($25)

    (Thanks, Patrick!) MGR

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