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Crate and Barrel Showcases its Take on Modern Prairie Style

The latest collection draws inspiration from the late 19th- and early 20th-century Prairie School design movement.

Lisa Vincenti
image of crate and barrel area rugs from its Modern Prairie fall collection
Crate and Barrel rolls out its updated version of Prairie School design with its Modern Prairie collection which includes an assortment of area rugs. Shown, rust and black Erria wool rug (on the ground), wool medallion-style Surina (left, wall), and all wool no-pile black and white Ruell (on the wall right).

CHICAGO -- Crate and Barrel debuts a new home furnishings collection that pulls the late-19th and early 20th century Prairie School style into the 20th century.

The collection brings a love of nature indoors with crafted details, earthy textures and natural materials such as wood. "We're forever drawn to stunning, inspiring nature," said Sebastian Brauer, VP product design at Crate and Barrel, of the new Modern Prairie Collection.

Long and low upholstery, hand-crafted pieces, organic materials and curved forms in a warm fall-inspired palette of colors form the backbone of Crate and Barrel's new Modern Prairie collection. Shown, Sculpt chair and Ruell Rug in black.

In fact, the Prairie School movement, which originated in the Mid-West, promoted the idea of organic architecture, where homes should look as though it grew naturally from the grounds they sit on. The design movement, which counted Frank Lloyd Wright as its most famous proponent, sought to develop an indigenous North American style of architecture that didn't draw from earlier styles of European classical architecture. Among the key tenants of this style included an embrace of hand-crafted designs, natural elements, and focused on the horizontality of the Prairie style buildings, which echoed the wide, flat, treeless expanses of the Mid-West. Inside the walls, Prairie School interiors, which set the stage for minimalist designs, emphasized the use of natural materials, hand-made pieces and geometric forms.

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Crate and Barrel's Modern Prairie collection showcases textural, natural home furnishings and accessories.


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The new leather clad Wells sofa features a simple frame on iron legs and inviting leather cushions.

The designs that comprise Crate and Barrel's Prairie collection feature "lines that stretch long and low like the prairie horizon" and "make a room feel grounded and somehow bigger than you realized." Among the home furnishings pieces showcased by Crate and Barrel, include is the simple, low-slung profile of its bench-made Wells leather upholstered seating range, which tucks cushions onto a slim frame supported by iron legs.


Crate and Barrel's rounded Sculpt chair sits atop the no-pile all wool Ruell rug in black and white.

Part of the Modern Prairie collection from Crate and Barrel are several curved furniture pieces. Its Sculpt chair makes the most of curved lines and negative space. The entire chair is upholstered with rounded cushioning that enriches the contemporary lines with a feeling of opulence.

And, Crate and Barrel's Anaise bedroom range, channels 1930s curves and mid-century caning. Anaise's bed frame, crafted of black-stained mindi veneer, creates a sturdy platform and rounds out the dramatic lozenge-shaped headboard inset with an airy screen of woven cane.

The Anaise bed channels 1930s curves with mid-century caning.


The Raffael media console's front features a hand-carved honeycomb pattern.

Among the products debuts is the carved honeycomb pattern Raffael's carved wood media console and bar cabinet, made of a mango wood exterior stained antique brown and set on a minimalist base of gunmetal-finished iron.


The pillows featured as Crate and Barrels Modern Prairie collection showcase the warm natural colors of the style.

A trending palette of fall-inspired warm and natural colors, like yellow, cognac, amber, lilac, teal and deep blue, are featured in many of the textiles and decor pieces that are part of the Modern Prairie collection from Crate and Barrel.


Part of Crate and Barrels Modern Prairie look includes the rust colored tribal-inspired Erria wool rug.

Part of the new range are a series of rugs crafted of wool (the geometric Erria and Ruell rugs), natural cowhide (Murney rug) , and wool blends (Birch Terra Cotta Wool-Blend Abstract Rug and woven space-dyed, wool-blend Curtis Flint).

A pixelated cowhide geometric rug (Murney) is featured in Crate and Barrels new Modern Prairie fall trend.
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