Shinola and Crate & Barrel have debuted a new home collection. A project that’s two years in the making, the 115-piece line is available to shop now and includes décor and furniture for the office, living room, and bedroom that pay homage to early American craft and simple design.
Raw leather, exposed joinery, clean lines, and woods — primarily a natural European white oak — are among the design details featured in the modern collection. Pieces include the Runwell Wood Frame Sofa, a couch that’s available in either leather or cotton-linen blend upholstery and features leather straps on its back; the Michigan Chair and Ottoman, a lounge chair with oversized, white cotton cushions; and the Runwell Executive Oak Desk, a minimalist piece with a black-coated steel frame and small knob pulls. Items inspired by the furniture in the Shinola Hotel in downtown Detroit — including a bed frame with panel nightstands — can also be found in the collection.
Art prints from Detroit muralist David Rubello and photographer Steve Shaw, ceramics manufactured in Portugal, bedding and rugs, and geometric motif throw pillows round out the collection as well as a variety of lighting options that include floor lamps, sconces, flush mounts, and task lamps. The lighting pieces are available in the white oak and a stained ebonized black finish. “Utility and function is such an important part of the Shinola vocabulary and it’s also core to what we do at Crate & Barrel,” says Sebastian Brauer, vice president of product design and development at Crate & Barrel. “We wanted to create a [lighting] collection that was simple, streamlined, modern that just highlighted the natural beauty of the wood grain.”
The teams at Shinola and Crate & Barrel were inspired by influences such as local artists, early 19th-century quilting, Midcentury Modern design, and Detroit’s industrial heritage while working on the collection. They also drew design details from Shinola’s branding, including its leather quality, signature stripe pattern, the stitching on its watchbands, and nods to the Detroit brand can be found on various pieces.
The result is a collection that officials with both brands say emphasizes purpose-led design as well as aligns with both Shinola and Crate & Barrel’s creative philosophies. “That early design process was really about honing in on the heritage of American craftsmanship,” says Daniel Caudill, creative director for Shinola. “Both brands were so aligned. The design process was so easy. It was a natural sort of melding of like-minded people.”
Pricing ranges from $24 to 4,299. The collection is available to shop at select Crate & Barrel stores, on Crate & Barrel’s website, and at Shinola’s flagship location at 441 W. Canfield St. in Detroit. Shinola plans to open a retail location for the home collection next to its Canfield Street shop.