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RL News: Crate and Barrel to open stores in the Philippines

SM Retail brings the leading home furnishings brand to Manila

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SM Retail is pleased to announce that it has agreed to a basic framework for establishing a franchise with home furnishings retailer Crate and Barrel through SM Retailer subsidiary HMS Development Corporation.

Based on this agreement, the new franchise company will be established in the Philippines in 2014, with the first Crate and Barrel store in Manila to open at the Mega Fashion Hall on November 20. More stores will follow shortly in the first quarter of 2015.

Crate and Barrel opened its doors in 1962 as a family business started by Gordon and Carole Segal in Chicago, Illinois.  The couple was inspired by the simple, well-designed, affordable products they had purchased on their honeymoon in Europe.  The Segals decided to open a home furnishings store, calling it ‘Crate and Barrel’ after the shipping crates and barrels which brought their inventory and became their first store fixtures. Working directly with European ateliers and factories to import their products, Crate and Barrel was among the first retailers to make modern tabletop and kitchenwares affordable to American consumers.

Today, Crate and Barrel is an international, multi-channel family of brands, known for exclusive housewares and furniture designs, excellent value and superb customer service.  Owned by the Otto Group of Hamburg, Germany, since 1998, the company operates stores in most major North American markets as well as international franchise locations in Dubai, Singapore and Mexico.

Crate and Barrel’s exclusive housewares and furniture designs come to Manila as it opens its first store in the Philippines at SM Megamall’s Mega Fashion Hall. 

Pennie Chair

Designed by Welsh designer Bethan Gray, Pennie offers great style and fine craftsmanship at an amazing price. Sleek and inviting curves extend a plush, padded welcome, perfectly scaled for smaller spaces or first-time apartments. Sunny, modern botanical spills trailing vines of       outsized blooms over every turn of the graceful tight back and seat.

Bethan Gray was recently named Best British Designer by the 2013 British Design Awards.

Jeremiah Fabric Back Rocker

Our exclusive heirloom-quality rocker with fully upholstered back panel is handcrafted in America for generations of enjoyment.

The classic rocker frame is solid oak with a warmsmoke finish, while the textural black-and-white cotton-wool fabric with exposed seamsfeatures a rustic-meets-modern abstract motif at home in cabin or condo.

This striking fabric is woven on handlooms at the Oriole Mill in the historic downtown of Hendersonville, NorthCarolina, near the furniture capital of Asheville. 

Bar Cabinet

Entertain in style with bar cabinets from Crate and Barrel

Ankara Truffle Frame Chair and Leather Cushion

An eye-catching chair designed to be seen from every angle. The gracefully curved barrel back is precision-cut hardwood in an intricate pattern inspired by Indonesian mosaics. Solid mahogany frame, with a rich warm brown finish, flows seamlessly from the clean, contemporary sweep of the arms to the tapered back legs that follow the downward angle of the upper framework. Luxurious coffee-dyed leather cushion of top-grained water buffalo hide.

Fernando Accent Table

Bold and sculptural, this handmade iron table takes an impressive stand with a inverted drum      base, half-sphere top and distinctive hammered texture. Each table is buffed and finished with      powdercooat and a warm bronze lacquer topcoat.

Home Office

Create a space that works for you with Crate and Barrel’s home office furniture collection.

Intricate Circle Wall Art

Resembling abstract representations of the cosmos known as mandalas, these lacy rounds are     meticulously handwoven of iron wire in delicate, mesmerizing patterns. Each size has its own     unique pattern.

Copper Lanterns

Carriage lantern glows in burnished copper, scaled up for maximum illumination. An oversized ring handle and chimney accent adds a vintage look.

Vitrine Cabinet

Statuesque wood cabinet shows its lighter side with a warm grey finish and pane glass fronts           to showcase dinnerware, books or bed linens. Classic yet clean styling includes crown and       base molding and ring pulls. 

Lillian Lantern

Open pyramid shines bright in antiqued brass and transparent glass with a mirrored base to   reflect even more light. Hangs by metal loop or sits flat.

Monarch Sideboard

Carefully crafted mitered corners and exposed dovetail joinery add decorative details that speak to the traditional craftsmanship used to create this modern sideboard of solid walnut. Maria Yee design frames an open top shelf over two cabinets, each opening to a single adjustable shelf. Each distinctive piece is assembled with wood-on-wood joinery techniques—without the use of nails or screws. 

Beckett 5-High Shelf

Expansive shelving anchors the family room, office or kitchen with minimalist styling that puts books, curios and dinnerware on display. Five gallery shelves of richly grained solid sheesham wood float on slim iron tube open uprights finished in smart black powdercoat. 

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