| Aug 28, 2013 |
Paola Navone teams up with Crate and Barrel
Boh staff
By Staff

Renowned Italian interior designer, architect and art director Paola Navone is set to launch the first of three collections for Crate and Barrel next month, including more than 140 items across multiple categories from tabletop to textiles, decorative accessories, lighting, rugs, dining tables, seating and more. This is the first time Crate and Barrel has partnered with a designer to create such an expansive collection.

"Every project begins with a meeting, be it a master, a craftsman, an artist or a business owner,” said Navone. “Each meeting is the beginning of a beautiful adventure. My first meeting with Marta Calle (president and chief merchant for Crate and Barrel) was the spark that ignited this dynamic collaboration with Crate and Barrel. Many people from different cultures and parts of the world helped contribute to the Paola Navone Collection Only at Crate and Barrel. We all come away feeling enriched from this experience."

Navone's design aesthetic reflects her lifetime of travel, commitment to handcraft, and passion for global culture and design. With her first collection for Crate and Barrel, she draws upon these influences to celebrate her love of casual entertaining.

At the heart of the collection are three tabletop offerings, including an expansive selection of ceramic dinnerware, flatware, hand-blown glassware, serving pieces, plus table linens and accessories. Also offered is an array of dining furniture including eleven dining tables and nine seating options.

In colors mirroring the Mediterranean—deep blue, cool aqua and crisp white, with accents of vibrant red—the collection showcases Navone’s eclectic point-of-view and eye for authentic detail. Fluid shapes and bold textures are a common theme, as are familiar materials including glass, ceramic, wood, tile and marble, which are combined in unexpected ways.

"Paola draws influence from many cultures, which she blends effortlessly into her designs, her homes and her personal style," said Calle. "We are thrilled to collaborate with Paola on this exclusive, affordably-priced collection, which reflects our shared values of casual elegance in entertaining and everyday living."

The collection will debut in select Crate and Barrel stores on September 9, and will also be available online through crateandbarrel.com and in all Crate and Barrel locations by September 13.

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