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  • Staff Travels: Île de Ré
    August 13th, 2014 | Travels

    Samantha, our Showroom Director, recently spent some time on Île de Ré, a small island off the western coast of France known for its oysters. She shared some of her photos with us: Waking up on the island, which consists of small villages with little marinas. They also have crazy tides — the boats sit [...]

  • Postcards from São Paulo
    July 23rd, 2014 | Travels

    Gary from our Boston shop just returned from São Paulo, where he took in the sights and World Cup action. He shared some of his snapshots with us: Traveling to São Paulo allowed me to experience football in a way I never thought I would ever imagine. The sport is imbedded in every citizen of [...]

  • Staff Travels: Colombia
    July 9th, 2014 | Travels

    Kate from our design team recently spent a few days in Cartagena, Colombia, and shared a few of her snapshots with us. Cartagena, the old city, also called the walled city because a wall was built around the entire perimeter of the city to protect it from invaders and pirates back in the day. The [...]

  • Travel Diary: Tea Wing Visits Japan
    May 15th, 2014 | Food, Home, In Stock, Travels

    Tea Wing‘s carefully sourced, painstakingly produced Japanese green teas are loved among our staff for their complex flavors, wonderful aromas, and beautiful colors. The Tea Wing team just returned from their annual tea buying trip to Japan, where they spend several weeks each Spring meeting with their dedicated network of farmers and producers, making new [...]

  • Staff Travels: Costa Rica
    April 9th, 2014 | Travels

    Sansho from our web team recently went to Costa Rica with his family and friends, and shared some of his photos with us. Sitting around the bonfire to watch the sunset and the moonrise. An ant-eater searching for his next meal in the forest of Cabo Blanco. Mom, making a bouquet from a brightly colored [...]

  • Postcards from Peru
    March 20th, 2014 | Travels

    Jack at our Chelsea shop recently returned from a trip to Peru and shared some of his photos with us. I traveled to Peru with my best friend from college who happens to be a native Peruvian. We stayed with his family in Lima for several days before boarding a short flight to the colonial [...]

  • Staff Travels: New Orleans
    March 12th, 2014 | Travels

    Lizzie, who manages our Chelsea shop, spent a weekend in New Orleans, where she observed a vodou ceremony. She shared some of her snapshots with us. I recently took a trip to New Orleans to explore the city and an interest in local vodou and spiritual practices. Two major discoveries were the Island of Salvation [...]

  • Staff Travels: Atacama Desert
    February 20th, 2014 | Travels

    Our Social Media Manager, Maleeha, was in Chile recently, where she spent some time exploring the Atacama Desert in the north. Some highlights from her trip: Salar de Atacama (Atacama Salt Flats), with volcanoes rising in the distance. The Atacama Desert is the driest place on earth, with areas that have not seen rainfall in [...]

  • Introducing: SA for West Elm
    January 6th, 2014 | In Stock, New Arrivals, Travels

    Steven has always had a strong appreciation for the art of handcraft, striving to bring a curated assortment of high-quality, well-made products to our shops. When West Elm invited him to collaborate with their global team of skilled artisans on a collection of handcrafted home goods, he thought it would be a great opportunity. In working [...]

  • Postcards from Brazil
    December 27th, 2013 | Travels

    Maleeha, who handles our social media, recently returned from a trip to Brazil. She shared some of her snapshots from Rio de Janeiro and Trancoso: We began our days in Rio with breakfast at Cafecito, in the charming hillside neighborhood of Santa Teresa. Santa Teresa street art A trip to the beautiful Jardim Botânico Heliconia [...]

  • Staff Travels: Vienna + Prague
    October 24th, 2013 | Travels

    Sara from our buying team traveled to Vienna and Prague recently, and shared some of her photos with us: The Hofburg Palace Sacherwurst at Bitringer, near the Opera House One of the many cafes dotting the sidewalks My favorite restaurant in Vienna! Had to have some wiener schnitzel The Belvedere, where we saw some amazing [...]

  • Postcards from France
    October 9th, 2013 | Travels

    Kathleen, who handles our PR, recently went to France and spent some time in the countryside. She shared some snapshots from Ardèche, Argentières, and Lyon. Road trip pit stop from Paris to the Provinces. Trying out the truck drivers’ stretching apparatus at a roadside rest stop. Donkeys roaming in Ardèche Lavender fields I arrived at [...]

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