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West Elm to open new store in Palm Springs

Published 29 August 2016

Home furnishings retailer West Elm will open a new store in Palm Springs on 1 September 2016.

The 10,076 square-foot West Elm store is the anchor tenant of the Downtown Palm Springs Revitalization Project, bringing approximately 30 jobs to the area. Located on the ground floor at 201 N. Palm Canyon Drive, West Elm will be the first of several new retailers and restaurants expected to open in the new mixed-used development downtown.

As part of West Elm’s LOCAL program, products from 15 California-based makers and designers will be featured with the brand’s fall assortment of modern furnishings and décor.

West Elm president Jim Brett said: “Palm Springs has long been an inspiration to us at West Elm -- from its design and architecture to its signature modern sensibility.

“Opening our store downtown is just the beginning of our commitment to honoring the city’s heritage as the epicenter of Mid-century modern design and contributing to the vibrancy of Downtown Palm Springs.”

Guided by downtown’s historic architecture, West Elm incorporated influences from the golden era of modernism into the store’s unique details such as the exterior mix of glass and metal framed to complement downtown’s neighboring shops and natural surroundings.

At its customer checkout, West Elm partnered with local artisan Ken Mason of Long Beach, CA to create an art installation employing handcrafted ceramic tiles arranged in abstract and asymmetrical configurations. The interior design utilizes natural materials throughout the store including reclaimed and salvaged wood for the ceiling.

“It is our hope to promote economic growth for this very special community,” said the store’s general manager, Wyndal Chapital.

“We have the opportunity to co-exist with local businesses in sustainable ways that supports local products and services as well as the city’s artists and designers.”

To celebrate the opening, West Elm has partnered with Palm Springs-based artist Amanda Mills Design to design an exclusive tote bag that will be presented to the first 300 shoppers with a $50 minimum purchase.

Additional store opening activities include a sweepstakes* offering local customers a chance to win a $2,000 gift card and an invitation to a private pre-opening celebration on Wednesday, August 31 from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. to benefit Palm Springs Animal Shelter, whose mission is to build a community responsible for pet stewardship and humane treatment of animals.

A selection of locally made products by 15 California-based makers and artisans will be available as part of the West Elm Palm Springs LOCAL assortment including:

Amanda Mills Design: Palm Springs-inspired illustrator and letterer with punchy colors

BKB Ceramics: A rustic modern ceramicist from Joshua Tree

Cardtorial: Los Angeles maker of laser cut wood prints and albums

Concrete Geometric: Geometric concrete vases made in Sylmar, California

Dear Doggy: Dapper pet bow ties made in Los Angeles

Eric Trine: Steel geometric furniture in powder-coated finishes made in Long Beach, California

Etta + Billie: Sustainable handmade cold-process soaps from San Francisco

Katie Gong Design: San Francisco-based maker of natural wood side tables

Jikits: Whimsical modern mobiles from printmaker and sculptor Kim Baise in Los Angeles

Marley and Alfie: Decorative horseshoes adorned in vibrant colors and lush textures

M.F.E.O.: Los Angeles-based woodworkers making planters and wall shelves

Miriam Dema: A Los Angeles artist creating vintage inspired pennants with a California theme

Omni Butcher Blocks: California-shaped cutting boards made outside of San Diego

Pei Design: Playfully illustrated greeting cards made in Pasadena

XIO Design Studio: Decorative panels made by an Argentinian woodworker living in Joshua Tree

Source: Company Press Release