A new collection at CRATE AND BARREL might have customers thinking the classic American company has its headquarters on the shores of the Mediterranean rather than in suburban Chicago. It’s the second installation of a three-part series by Italian architect and designer Paola Navone, who was asked to design a set of pieces that she’d use if she had people over for dinner. While the company didn’t specify how many people exactly, Navone was clearly thinking big — the line ended up being more than 100 items. This season’s collection is geared toward outdoor entertaining, with offerings that include melamine dinnerware, decorative accessories like vases and trays, textiles, and outdoor furniture (even a canopied table). The partnership is a departure for Crate and Barrel on a few levels: It’s never had a collaboration this large — nor one with so much color, so much whimsy and curves galore. There’s nary a straight, minimalist line in sight. “The pieces tell a story of a very special passion for [the Mediterranean Sea] and its rich traditions. The mixing, matching and overlaying of colors and patterns in the pieces bring together vibrant table arrangements that continuously bring whimsical joy to any summer gathering,” Navone explains. www.crateandbarrel.com