More than 60 pieces of cookware, glassware and more is influenced by Ghana and New York City.

License Global

March 22, 2024

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Eric Adjepong for Crate & Barrel.
Eric Adjepong for Crate & Barrel.Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel has released its collection with chef, host and cookbook author, Eric Adjepong. The collection was inspired by Adjepong’s Ghanaian roots and New York City hometown aesthetic to bring his passion for cooking and entertaining to customers’ homes. With over 60 pieces of cookware, glassware, serviceware and home décor, the collection features traditions common to West African culture and New York City style. Beanstalk is the exclusive licensing agent for Adjepong. 

“The expertise Crate & Barrel brings to the table is unmatched, so I couldn’t imagine a better partner to seamlessly bring the sky-high vision for my first kitchen collection to life,” says Adjepong. “The food, clothing and jewelry that influenced this collection bring important parts of my past to people’s kitchens and living rooms to make cooking and entertaining pieces as functional art.” 

From the Ghanaian-made market tote to the Didi Ketoa appetizer plates, each product brings Crate & Barrel’s elevated yet functional design to both everyday life and special gatherings. Inspired by West African beads, the Didi Ketoa plates are one example of how Adjepong’s history shines through the collection. Reminiscent of an art installation, one of Adjepong’s favorite pieces is the Sobolo glass punch bowl with a green marble base and Akan-inspired Nkwanta hammered brass punch ladle. The bowl makes any drink station the center point for welcoming family and friends. 

“This collection features modern techniques, bold color and West African design influences that celebrate Chef Eric’s Ghanaian and multicultural NYC roots, and the passion we share at Crate & Barrel for setting unique and soulful tables for people to gather and host,” says Sebastian Brauer, senior vice president, product design, Crate & Barrel. “I love items like the Kuruwa colorful glassware that highlights artisanal craft paired with modern form.” 

“We help customers build intentional homes, with the kitchen at the heart of the home, so our collection with Chef Eric weaves this purpose into everyday cooking and entertaining,” says Alicia Waters, brand president, Crate & Barrel. “Kitchen collaborations that tell a story like Eric’s allow our customers to fill their home with meaningful items.” 

 “Chef Eric has been a trailblazer in popularizing the African diaspora in thoughtful and artful ways as one of the first chefs to feature West African ingredients and techniques on television,” says Allison Ames, president, chief executive officer, Beanstalk. “This collection is both a tribute and beautiful expression of his roots and will further his passions for using the power of food and entertaining to bring people together and embrace new cultures. In our many years of working with retailers, this has been the finest example of shared values, creativity and a commitment to authentic storytelling between Eric and the incredible team at Crate & Barrel. It was truly created with passion and love by everyone. We are beyond thrilled to see this stunning collection come to life.” 

The Eric Adjepong for Crate & Barrel exclusive collaboration is available in stores and online at Crateandbarrel.com/chef-eric-adjepong. 

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