Entertainment expert turned interior designer Athena Calderone has a devoted online clientele, and they’re partly to thank for her new collection. This week, the Eyeswoon founder unveiled a new collection with Crate & Barrel, her biggest furniture collaboration to date, and much of her inspiration came from conversations with her online community.
“I always get asked about that coffee table,” she says, pointing to a three-legged white antique number in her Amagansett House (that it is filled with pieces from the new collection). Now curious minds can shop a similar table and other items inspired by Calderone’s most beloved pieces, all reimagined with Calderone’s signature devotion to neutral hues, rich textures and postmodern silhouettes.
“Design is about taking inspiration from the past but bringing it into the future.”
While the neutral palette of the Crate x Athena collection allows for versatility, it was important to Calderons that each piece told its own story. “I didn’t want anything to feel like a single note,” she says. She drew inspiration from pieces like the 1940s French Ironwork Rodin Chair, which serves as a connecting line through plush sheepskin, stripped woods, travertine and structural ridges. “Neutral on neutral with texture on texture can actually be quite rich and layered,” she notes.
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The collection covers every room in the home, from creamy stone dinnerware to big statement pieces like the Le Panel storage cabinet. While some pieces, like the Le Tuco chair (named after the Calderone family dog), came quickly to the designer, other design decisions required measured thought. “Sofas really forced me to define my point of view on design,” she says of the Sinuous collection. “I’m glad I brought out both sides of my personality with this sofa – stylish, yet soft and relaxed enough to sink into.”
Art-deco-inspired etched glassware, on the other hand, was a more instantaneous choice. “I’m pretty obsessed with vintage glassware,” Calderone says. “I have so many unique, mismatched pieces that I’ve collected over the years.” Her favorite? “The cut glass! I was inspired by etched vintage glass and started with the coupé. The texture of the glass gives it such beautiful shadows.
Although she’s become beloved for the impeccable design of her own spaces, the tastemaker is very excited to see the stylish pieces in other people’s homes. “I really love collaboration in my heart,” she says. “I can’t wait to see how my community takes ownership of these pieces.”
Claire Brito is the Social Editor of House Beautiful. She loves the art of the perfect housewarming gift, throw pillow math, and is obsessed with glassware. Her work has appeared in Drew + Jonathan Reveal, Rachael Ray Magazine, and more. Originally from Texas, she now resides in New York. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.