Williams Sonoma Just Teamed Up with Ghetto Gastro and Crux for a Bold New Kitchen Line

Photo credit: CRUGG
Photo credit: CRUGG

From House Beautiful

This new bold kitchen collection won’t just stand out on your countertops, but will raise awareness about social injustice issues, too: Williams Sonoma just launched its new collection CRUXGG. Created in collaboration with Bronx-based cooking collective, Ghetto Gastro, and kitchen design and manufacturing company, CRUX, the collection features seven sleek simple-to-use appliances like the BRED, a two-pound bread maker, or the TRNR, a double-rotating waffle iron.

Photo credit: CRUGG
Photo credit: CRUGG

But what makes this collection so unique and powerful is the work Ghetto Gastro does behind the scenes. The collective started as a group formed to showcase the culinary excellence of the Bronx, but later added social injustice to its agenda and dubbed itself the “Black Power Kitchen,” according to its Instagram page. Founded by South Bronx natives Jon Gray, Lester Walker, and Pierre Serrão, Ghetto Gastro works to empower, educate, and entertain through food. As the trio often says, “food is a weapon,” and can be used to strike up conversations around race, class, food inequality, and more.

Each product in the CRUXGG collection has a black matte finish complemented with red accents and a fun name. For example, the DRIP is a 14-cup coffee maker; the MUSA is an airpro cook and fry; the NEFL is a six-slice digital air frying toaster oven.

The best part? All proceeds of sales from the collection through October will go to Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp, according to this Instagram post. This campaign works to empower the next generation of leaders of color. You can shop the collection below.

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When Christine and Robert Casanova moved into a century-old Victorian side hall in New Orleans in 2017, the home’s central, windowless room was a blank slate, a design challenge and a point of contention.

Robert wanted a “warm, dark, cocoon-y” library with heavily saturated blue walls. Christine believed the hue would be intense and claustrophobic.

“I thought it would be too much of a contrast, like it didn’t belong in the house,” Christine Casanova said.

The couple hired interior designers Penny Francis and Casi St. Julian, of Eclectic Home, to build out the space with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, a rope-wrapped chandelier and a grass cloth wallpaper accent wall. The result is a snug, intimate room where guests inevitably congregate during parties.

“I had trepidation about the bright, clean, crisp house and the dark, intense room,” Christine Casanova said. “But the dark, intense room is the place everyone wants to be because it feels cozy and safe.”

Francis says the Casanovas are among many clients who are making bolder decisions when it comes to color. “People have finally opened up to the richness of color and are not as afraid,” she said.

Bold colors are trending

Sherwin-Williams’ 2021 paint trend predictions include intense blues, muted greens and reds, vibrant pinks and warm whites. Jewel tones like emerald greens and cobalts continue to be a mainstay.

“Emerald green was Pantone’s color of the year in 2013,” said interior designer Maureen Stevens. “Ever since, it has that longevity. People are saying it’s a classic now. It’s considered neutral to do a blue wall — I think emerald is as well.”


Jaipur Pink makes a bold debut at Sherwin-Williams.

While blush or “millennial pink” was ubiquitous in recent years, designers say this trend has given way to more saturated versions of the color.

“Sherwin-Williams came out with Jaipur Pink, which … is very reminiscent of Old World architecture. It’s definitely deeper than a blush,” Stevens said. “Millennial pink is out because it is a more muted pink. Now people are like, ‘Let’s embrace pink for its entirety.’”

Beige and gray are out

According to interior designer Nomita Joshi-Gupta, the more time people spend quarantined in their homes, the more they long for color. Although white walls remain soothing to the eye, there’s a movement away from neutral palettes of beige, white and gray.

“Your eye needs stimulation,” Joshi-Gupta said. “Just like one needs different tastes in food, your eye also needs visual cues and excitement.”

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Alexandrite is an updated take on the classic emerald green.

“Gray was a mainstay for a long time, but now grays and gray taupes are on the way out,” Stevens said. “People are opting for a clean slate of white or something more bold as far as more jewel tones and going crazier.”

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AFTER: The mint green wall balances the deep tones of the teal cabinets and the yellow shine of the brass backsplash and hardware.

So Camille and Carole set about reorganizing the space, focusing on relocating elements and circulation so that their client’s living-dining-cooking spaces flowed better and centered around an unexpected multifunctional feature: “two back-to-back benches, one for the dining table and the other for the living room,” says Camille. By placing the bench so that it serves both the kitchen/dining and living rooms, it also acts as a de facto divider between the two spaces. To further delineate this separation, they placed a partition with clear glass and a black frame that stretched from the top of the bench to the underside of the ceiling. The glass partition was a specific request from the client, drawing the eye up to the high ceiling while still maintaining views across the spaces.

The wall in the kitchen is painted with Farrow & Ball’s Teresa’s Green.

In the kitchen, Coci Studio further emphasized the ceiling height with two different strategies: “We extended the cabinets up to the ceiling along one wall, using the verticality of the space, and then along another wall only used lower cabinets. The two opposite strategies play with a single characteristic of the space,” explains Camille. When it came to deciding on a material palette, the idea was for the kitchen to be “a composition of elements in brass, marble, and light,” Camille says. A white marble countertop with undulating yellow-gray veining contrasts with a shining brass backsplash, cabinet hardware, and toe kick—all set against a mint background, free of upper cabinets that would clutter the space. The lower cabinets and an adjacent wall with full-height cabinetry were outfitted with wood doors, but rather than leaving them with a natural finish, Coco Studio selected a deep green stain that employed a dramatic color choice without totally masking the movement and organic nature of the wood.

The ash wood cabinets contrast with the Portuguese marble countertop, which has grooves cut into the countertop for drainage.

A key element of the kitchen was the ventilation hood, which Camille notes “is usually not the most attractive object in the kitchen. It’s often overlooked, camouflaged.” But, she determined, it has the potential to be a beautiful focal point, “giving character to a kitchen,” and so Coci Studio clad it in the same shining brass as the backsplash and gave it a strong, sleek geometrical form. It sits almost like a piece of sculpture on the wall, simple yet evocative.

The spice shelf was custom-made with hooks and a towel rack.

The table in the living area marries the marble of the kitchen counters and the metal of the glass partition.

In the living room, Camille and Carole continued elements found in the kitchen, designing a small coffee table with the rest of the marble from the countertop and continuing the same metal used for the glass partition frames. “We imagined this space

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Atlanta Orders In: Bold Monk Brewing

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Bitterballen from Bold Monk Brewing Co. comes with smoked brisket, apple mostarda and beet sabayon. Bob Townsend for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bitterballen from Bold Monk Brewing Co. comes with smoked brisket, apple mostarda and beet sabayon. Bob Townsend for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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In early May, Bold Monk reopened for to-go service, followed by limited dine-in service, which included adding tables to a covered breezeway. Also, a long-planned beer garden, situated on a wooded hilltop behind the restaurant, suddenly became a priority.

Fittingly, one of the first events planned for the beer garden is an Oktoberfest celebration on Sept. 19, with a German menu, and a Bold Monk Fest beer brewed for the occasion.

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Bold Monk's yellowfin tuna salad features bibb lettuce, chile-orange vinaigrette, charred corn, peach, avocado and spicy peanuts. Bob Townsend for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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“It’s the day Oktoberfest would have started in Munich,” Roberts pointed out.

He said sales at Bold Monk are a third of what they were before COVID-19, but he’s hoping a combination of cooler weather, more outdoor seating and increased beer sales will add up to better numbers this fall.

“People are still looking to come out and do parties,” he said. “People are still getting married. We set up the loft and our beer garden specifically with weddings in mind. Those are the things we need to focus on right now, and hope for a recovery.”

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What may be most difficult for Roberts, though, is that Max Lager’s in downtown Atlanta, the first Brewed to Serve venture, remains closed.

“It makes me really sad,” he said. “I was just there checking things out, and it’s hard to walk into the place that you’ve worked in for 22 years, and now it’s closed. Going into 2020, things were golden. We had negligible debt at Max Lager’s and White Oak, and they were doing very well. Now, Bold Monk is supporting everybody.”

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Menu: Belgian-inspired seasonal menu

Alcohol: full bar menu available for dine-in; beer, wine and cocktails available for takeout

What I ordered: Yellowfin tuna salad, with bibb lettuce, chile-orange vinaigrette, charred corn, peach, avocado and spicy peanuts; bitterballen, with smoked brisket, apple mostarda and beet sabayon; duck confit fried chicken wings, with cayenne and chile honey; 1836 pizza, with soppressata, tomato, mozzarella and torn basil. It all traveled well, but the unique, melt-in-your-mouth wings are special, and the soppressata pizza is a nice combination of heat and spice, with a fluffy, chewy, charred crust, and a crispy edge.

Service options: dine-in or takeout; order in person, by phone or online through OpenTable; call on arrival for curbside delivery

Safety protocols: following all COVID-19 safety guidelines

Address, phone: 1737 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd NW, Building D, Atlanta; 404-390-3288

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Each week, Mansion Global tackles a topic with an elite group of designers from around the world who work on luxury properties. This week, we look at how to blend bold colors.

Color is a personal thing—and when it comes to using it in the home, people have strong opinions. “Color can create emotion, drama and depth,” said Sari Mina Ross of Sari Mina Ross Interior Design in Denver.“Choosing colors is like selecting from a candy shop for the senses.”

But there’s a way to do it right. For tips on mixing and matching like a pro, follow these tips from top designers.

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“Opt for tones that are bold; not loud. Think deep and moody jade green, for example, as opposed to a screaming fuchsia. I tend toward blues because they’re calming and passionate while grounded in nature.

“I like to stay within three variations of one color. It maintains harmony in a space and gives a sense of depth. In a guest bedroom, for example, I would do a rich blue and go higher in tint and lower in intensity. Add some black for pulls or molding, and white bedding or upholstery for the sofa or rug.

“While there aren’t any places that are off limits, I prefer smaller spaces for big color to create jewel-box moments. A powder room or a high ceiling are great places to use big, bold color.

“I don’t love bold color in the entrance—because it slaps you in the face too soon. It’s good to ease into a space and let the color become bolder as you progress through it. And, it doesn’t have to be just paint and textile, you can also get a great dose of color from wallpaper.

“A great way to mix bold tones is to look to the opposite side of the color wheel. If you have blues in a room, mix in some oranges and reds. It will immediately inject a space with more energy. Keep in mind that these colors can (and should) be used on different textures.”

A pink throw pops against jewel-toned blue walls in a home designed by Sari Mina Ross.

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— Sari Mina Ross of Sari Mina Ross Interior Design in Denver

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Be Strategic

“If you’re trying to set a specific mood in a room, utilizing bold colors is a great way to make a statement and set the tone.

“Because of their energizing powers, bold colors are best suited in rooms that are not constantly lived in, but rather, pass-through rooms. Dining rooms, hallways, powder rooms or libraries are all great spaces to infuse with bold color for that reason.”

“Stick to one color family (varying tones of greens or blues, for example) rather than competing colors. This can create a cool monochromatic effect.”

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