Nov 11th 2021

Gordon and Carole Browe Segal established the celebrated housewares and furniture retailer Crate & Barrel with the goal of offering strikingly designed, well-made products at reasonable prices. The Segals established Crate & Barrel in 1962 as a modestly financed, single outlet in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood. The company has brought distinguished design to the consumer market ever since. The extensive archival record of Crate & Barrel’s development now finds its home in a metropolitan Chicago repository: Northwestern University’s McCormick Library of Special Collections and University Archives.

In this program presented by Chicago Collections Consortium, Gordon Segal talks with Kevin Leonard, Northwestern University Archivist, along with Jeanne Long, Chicago Collections Consortium Executive Director, and Brandon Radonski, who recently received his Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing and Design Engineering, a program based in Northwestern’s Segal Design Center. Join them to discover the inside story behind the rise of this Chicago-born, internationally prominent retailer and the unique resources of the Crate & Barrel archives.

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