Hot Picks at Crate & Barrel

Hot Picks at Crate & Barrel

Maxwell Ryan
Oct 18, 2004

Needles in a haystack. Some of us have fireplaces in our apartments in this city, and one of our readers has been looking for a nice modern fireplace screen that doesn't cost an arm and a leg (see Good Questions: Where Can I find a Simple, Modern Fireplace Screen?). To our knowledge he hasn't found one yet. We hope.

On Friday we were in Crate & Barrel and we saw this one for $199 and thought it fit the bill perfectly. Clean, simple, without any pointless decoration, Crate & Barrel comes through for us city folk again.

But that was not all. In the continual hunt for good coffee tables, we spotted another new offering from big, lumbering C&B: The Aviator Table for $399. It has mid-century modern written all over it and would be right at home in Eero Saarinen's TWA terminal. It looks much better in person, where you can fully appreciate the thick, solid nature of it's construction:

• Solid cast aluminum starburst base
• Polished finish
• Tempered glass top is 1/2" thick with curved edge

The Aviator comes in a coffee table and as a side table ($199). Our prediction? Hot, hot, hot and sold out soon. MGR

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