Crate and Barrel CEO Steps Down, Perigold Adds New Industry Brands, and More News This Week

From significant business changes to noteworthy product launches, there’s always something new happening in the world of design. In this weekly roundup, AD PRO has everything you need to know.


Crate and Barrel CEO Steps Down

Neela Montgomery is officially departing from her role as chief executive officer at Crate and Barrel. Montgomery reportedly told the board of her intention to do so at the end of last year. “It has been a pleasure to lead these amazing brands at Crate and CB2,” Montgomery said in a statement. “We have accelerated their strategic and operational capabilities as a digitally-forward, innovative retailer now positioned for the future. This is a passionate, talented team with a great platform for continued success. I thank them for their commitment and as I take on new challenges, I look forward to seeing their future achievements.” Her last day will be August 1.

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The Best Home Theater Sound Bars With Surround Sound

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Putting together a surround sound system for your home theater used to require a set of big, boxy speakers, stereo receiver, and intricately connected cables. That’s still an option, but you can save a lot of space by getting a sound bar system that supports surround sound instead.

These systems are typically smarter than traditional home theater equipment and take up significantly less space. The trade off is that home theater sound bar systems that support surround sound can’t create as immersive an experience because the front right, front left, and center channel are all built into the bar. This eliminates the ability to space every speaker in your home theater system equidistant from one another, and point them directly at a “sweet spot.”

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IKEA and SPACE10 Launch Website to Rethink Interior Design

The key to great design often lies in the imagination process. After all, nearly every great product and innovation has come from asking a simple question like “what if?”. Now IKEA and its research and design lab SPACE10 are taking that idea further by creating a powerful virtual playground for experimentation.

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Called Everyday Experiments, the new site is dedicated to exploring fun innovations in the world of interior design. As a result of recent events like the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, most people are finding themselves at home much more often than before, leaving many to contemplate different pieces and layouts for their spaces. Everyday Experiments allows you to further that exploration through various media formats.

“The future home should be about the people first. It’s a place for everyone to be safe, to feel comfortable and in control. Technology is quickly becoming a vital

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Design Duo Eleish Van Breems Brings Scandinavian Coastal Design to Nantucket

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Photo credit: LANDINOPHOTO

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Arbiters of Swedish design since the duo’s inception in 1997, Rhonda Eleish and Edie van Breems of Eleish van Breems came together over their love of Gustavian antiques and have been imbuing American tastes with their vision ever since. Their first storefront, located in Westport, Connecticut, is their studio and design firm, where they have authored three design books about Scandinavian design. It’s no surprise their Euro-American aesthetic has been coveted by many East Coast households.

Light-hued and airy, Gustavian design lends itself well to storied American coastal aesthetics. So when the opportunity arose to begin a new endeavor in Nantucket, the duo grabbed at the chance.

“Nantucket has always been for us a place with a determined spirit of adventure and freedom very akin to the island communities of Sweden,” explains Eleish. “We are drawn to the special light, the sailing, the dramatic southern

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