West Elm Opens Makers Studio

West Elm has opened a creative work space called the West Elm Makers Studio in Industry in Sunset Park here.
April 17, 2015David Gill

WestElmMakersStudioA view inside the West Elm Makers Studio
BROOKLYN, N.Y.-West Elm has opened a creative work space called the West Elm Makers Studio in Industry in Sunset Park here.

Measuring 11,600 square feet, the new facility houses artists, designers and craftspeople who design and develop West Elm products. The seven-plus studios at this location provide independent and flexible work spaces for all disciplines, ranging from a colorist dye shop and weaving room to a carpentry workshop and three-dimensional modeling space.

Tomorrow, the Makers Studio will offer guided tours and conduct special programs led by the West Elm design team during the second annual Industry City open studio event.

Noting that West Elm, now part of the Williams-Sonoma portfolio of brands, “was born and bred in Brooklyn,” Jim Brett, the brand’s president, added, “The Makers Studio promotes design creativity and collaboration and furthers our commitment to the Brooklyn community we are lucky to call home.”

David GillDavid Gill | Senior Editor

David Gill covers home textiles, small electrics housewares, personal-care products, cleaning products, mattresses, consumer electronics and major appliances. He also reports on retailers and writes about the business and financial side of both vendors and retailers. He has more than 30 years of experience in business journalism, and has worked for other publications and websites that cover consumer products from both the manufacturer and retailer sides. His outside interests include sports (he is a big fan of the New York teams and of British soccer), cooking, movies and theater. He occasionally enjoys a good cigar as well.


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