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Elysian Home: West Elm x Commune

Written by Aly Comingore

If you don’t know Commune by name, you most certainly know their work. Over the course of the past decade, the Los Angeles-based design firm has become synonymous with sophisticated, Southern California-inspired bohemia, and lent their talents to spaces ranging from the Ace Hotel in Downtown L.A. to Heath Ceramics’ three California locations to the playfully mid-century Durham Hotel in North Carolina. As product designers, Commune’s list of collaborators stretches even further; they’ve created textiles with Gregory Parkinson and Hamburg House, designed furniture for George Smith, lighting for Remains, and now, an entire living room collection for West Elm.

Spearheaded by Commune principals Roman Alonso and Steven Johanknecht and product designer Alix Beck, the line for West Elm draws inspiration from the freedom of West Coast, as well as the designers, artists, and architects that have inspired Commune over the years. The pieces are built to be mixed and matched, unified by natural materials like undyed leather, oak, copper, and black marble. Among the highlights are a cozy shearling club chair, a trio of mid-century style stained glass wall hangings, an Eames-esque oak storage bench, and a copper wall mirror that takes its shape from the Spanish architecture that is so prevalent throughout Southern California. As Johanknecht puts it, “For this collection, the design team really felt like they were designing for their own homes. ‘What do they want in their living room?’ That really became the driver for the collection.”

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Check out more of the highlights from Commune’s collaboration for West Elm below. The collection is available now via West Elm’s website.

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