Home retailer West Elm just opened its gorgeous new headquarters in DUMBO, Brooklyn, a neighborhood they’ve called home since their founding in 2002. The new HQ houses more than 300 in-house designers, planners and creative teams displayed throughout the 97,650 square foot office with nearly 170 one-of-a-kind works commissioned from artisan partners around from the globe. These same partners are responsible for creating many of the handcrafted products available in West Elm’s retail stores.
The headquarters are housed inside Empire Stores, the new Brooklyn Bridge Park cultural complex along the East River. This historic landmark building once served as the site of Arbuckle Brothers Coffee Company in the 19th century, the first commercial production facility of roasted coffee.
Designed by the New York-based Architectural + Interiors Studio VM (VMAD), the LEED Silver Certified building incorporates architectural elements from the original structure including storied schist walls and arched brick windows. The space houses private and public spaces including corporate offices and will have a rooftop park, retail stores and restaurants.
The office also serves as a showcase for west elm Workspace, the brand’s contract furniture line that launched in 2015.