Janet Hayes Named Crate & Barrel CEO 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.

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A Big Week for Big Retailers

It was a busy news week for major home furnishings retailers. After reporting last week that Neela Montgomery would step down as CEO, Crate and Barrel announced that Janet Hayes would assume the role on August 1. The president of Williams-Sonoma from 2013 to 2019, Hayes was also formerly the president of Pottery Barn Kids and Pottery Barn Teen.

Elsewhere, Sur La Table filed for bankruptcy. The Seattle-based purveyor of kitchen goods disclosed its plans to close 56 of its 112 stores; 20% of its corporate staff was also cut.

West Elm made waves when it announced that it would take the 15 Percent Pledge, which means that partnerships with Black designers

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Janet Hayes Named Crate & Barrel CEO, Kit Kemp Partners with Christie’s London, 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.

Business

A Big Week for Big Retailers

It was a busy news week for major home furnishings retailers. After reporting last week that Neela Montgomery would step down as CEO, Crate and Barrel announced that Janet Hayes would assume the role on August 1. The president of Williams-Sonoma from 2013 to 2019, Hayes was also formerly the president of Pottery Barn Kids and Pottery Barn Teen.

Elsewhere, Sur La Table filed for bankruptcy. The Seattle-based purveyor of kitchen goods disclosed its plans to close 56 of its 112 stores; 20% of its corporate staff was also cut.

West Elm made waves when it announced that it would take the 15 Percent Pledge, which means that partnerships with Black designers

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Tour Broadway Star Heather Headley’s Perfect Private Escape

“I got played,” jokes Tony winner Heather Headley of the coach house her husband, retired New York Jets player Brian Musso, suggested they build next to their home in the suburbs of Chicago. The 2,100-square-foot structure was originally meant to be a recording studio, a gift from Musso to Headley, and a place where the actress and singer, who stars in Netflix’s Sweet Magnolias, could get creative.

“That’s how it started,” she says, “and then Brian went to, ‘I’ll get an office and then maybe I’ll do a movie theater in the basement so I can watch my golf.’ I was like, ‘I thought this was my space!’”

<div class="caption"> <a href="https://www.tentshopdesign.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Tent Shop Design" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Tent Shop Design</a> made the chairs in the lounge outside of Heather’s recording studio, where memorabilia from her past roles is on display. The table is <a href="https://www.selamatdesigns.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Selamat" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Selamat</a>; rug and pillows are from <a href="https://amystormandco.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amy Storm & Company" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amy Storm & Company</a>. </div>

In the end, the three-floor structure, which is just steps from their main house, is filled with personal touches that represent them both, from the exposed wooden beams they bought from Alabama (where Musso’s father played college football, #22) to Headley’s

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