We Want Everything from Molly Baz’s New Collection for Crate & Barrel
The first thing we saw from Molly Baz’s collection for Crate & Barrel was a cute wooden pair of salad servers with oversized heads and short u-shaped handles. They were chic yet playful, and there was something elemental in their design that felt so satisfying, so when we realized they were part of a larger collection, we naturally clicked right over to peruse the rest.
Friends, this is hands-down one of the best collab collections your Cubby editors have seen in a long time: Every piece is so good.
Designed in collaboration with her husband, Ben Willet, who recently launched his own furniture collection, Willetspace, the Crate & Barrel pieces nod to “the Pop Art sensibility of late 20th-century Italian design,” while still feeling very of-the-moment. However, the collection avoids ever seeming too trendy: We could imagine many of these pieces on our moms’ tables as easily as they could be in the home of our young, hip 20-something friends.
The many smart details of the designs make the Baz collection something more than fun eye candy. For example, the salt and pepper grinders’ segments are intentionally staggered to let the pair hug when placed side by side; the three-tier tower can be taken apart for storage; and when not in use, the squiggle trivet can lean against your backsplash or shelf as a piece art — ingenious!
We should also note that Baz’s collection shares a design language with … Cubby. Our newsletter and site also play with primary colors and shapes. Back before we launched — when Cubby was just a bunch of Google docs — this collection and its lifestyle images could have been pinned to one of our digital inspiration boards.
Writing on Instagram about the debut, Baz described the overall vibe as “good design, lots of color, and a not-so-serious energy,” which feels like a spot-on description. Baz also said, “After all, cooking has got to be FUN if we’re going to commit to doing it, and this collection is one small way to guarantee it.” Count us in!
Here are seven picks that we think will bring some joy to your cooking space.