Inscape, Designtex, and West Elm: West Elm Workplace

June 29, 2015

In collaboration with Inscape, the design team of Brooklyn-based home furnishings brand West Elm has created more than 75 pieces for the workplace. Aimed at both open work areas and private offices, the West Elm Workplace collection includes task, guest, occasional, and lounge seating; benching systems; storage; art; and accessories. The furnishings can be upholstered with 20-plus high-performance fabrics in more than 90 colorways developed in collaboration with Designtex. Also available are ergomic solutions, including sit-stand desks (below), as well as customized conference tables in a range of finishes made by Brooklyn-based furniture designer Mark Jupiter. 


West Elm Workspace includes four distinctive collections—the Mid-century Collection, the Industrial Collection, the Contemporary Collection, and the Modern Collection—that each bring a residential aesthetic to the office. The Mid-century Collection features executive desks, credenzas, and casegoods in walnut tones accented with bronze, as well as upholstered lounge chairs, such as the Retro Wing Chair (below). 

The Modern Collection was inspired by the simplicity of Scandinavian design and includes streamlined storage elements, such as tall bookcases (5), that serve double-duty as spatial dividers.

White surfaces with curved edges (7) are intended to ease the transition between workstations and lounge areas.


With a material palette that references 20th century manufacturing, the Industrial Collection features desks (main photo), shelving systems, and casegoods with deep cabinets, each made from white oak with steel frames. Fluted glass partitions between workstations (below top) allow light to filter through, and the Nolan Side Table (below bottom) accents lounge areas.

The modular Contemporary Collection includes three designs—Truss, Scandi, and Strata—that allow for the flexible arrangement of cabinets, desks, and partitions.

The West Elm Workplace collection debuted at NeoCon® in The Merchandise Mart in space 1191. The majority of pieces will be manufactured in North America and available through a network of authorized dealers.