Rough, Rustic, Imperfect, and Proudly Canadian

It’s rare and rather intriguing to come across a product that guarantees less than perfection. In a world where advertisement is key and nothing is what it seems, a company that tells it ‘like it is’ is refreshing, to say the least. Enter Crate Designs, a Canadian company that promises you imperfect yet sturdy, lifetime-warrantied furniture.

 

 


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The company has been around for over a hundred years, since 1906 to be exact! The factory originated in Chelsey, Ontario, and was once called The Chelsey Chair Company. After a few name changes and some big expansions, today's incarnation of Crate Designs was born, defined by its distinctly Canadian style, its clean lines, and its handcrafted feel. 

 

 


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Now spanning over 300 models of furniture, able to fill every niche in your home, Crate Designs Furniture has been tested and had its durability corroborated by heavyweight commercial customers. The University of Toronto, the University of Guelph, and even the Egyptian Navy are among the customers that have chosen CDF’s durability and character for their purposes. More recently, the company supplied furniture to an Easter Seals camp in Alberta for challenged children; the furniture had to be specifically crafted to meet their needs. 

 

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The company uses only Southern Pine for its creations, which, though not native to Canada, is a wood known for its beautiful colour and lasting durability.

 

 


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CDF also offers you tons of choices, so, rest assured, there’s something that you'll fall in love with! Though their Classic oil finish is a 'no brainer', offering you low-maintenance, non-toxic and environmentally friendly coverage, you can opt for the same oil finish in Brindle (a warm brown tone) or even an unfinished piece if you're crafty!I love how the latter choice turns a one-way purchase into a collaborative relationship, inviting the customer to get involved in the design process. Sizes can also be altered, as can fabric colours!

 

 


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What are you waiting for? Check out their website, www.crate.ca for more information on the brand, their story, and what they have to offer.

 

Written by Ailén Cruz, Master's Student of Latin American Literature at the University of Toronto

Posted In: Ontario

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