When we heard that Commune Design and West Elm were collaborating on a project together, we knew we’d fall in love at first sight, or should we say love at first seat? When you see how amazing the shearling armchair, linen sofa, and sling chairs are, you’ll forgive us for succumbing to puns. Seating aside, the entire collaboration is a bohemian dream, balancing affordability with practicality and quality, thanks to a holistic design approach that saw architects and craftsmen join together in the creative process. Commune typically works with smaller-scale, high-end artisans, so the brand’s partnership with West Elm allowed them greater exposure at a more accessible price point, while as designer Roman Alonso explains, "maintaining the integrity of the Commune aesthetic."
We know exactly what aesthetic he’s talking about. Indeed, the collection reflects the iconic, effortless beauty of the California pace and landscape through the use of honest materials, playful details, and traces of Japanese, Scandinavian, and Latin American midcentury design. The result is nothing short of easy, cool sophistication. And on that note, take a look through some of our favorites from the collection.
There's something so sleek about a marble tabletop, and the wood base adds just the right touch.
We love how casual and cheerful this piece feels, thanks to the angular table base.
If you want to add just a hint of color to your space, here’s the solution you’ve been looking for.
And for today’s mental escapism prompt, we bring you this miracle worker of a chair. Need we say more?
This is the perfect piece to invest in if you’ve been looking for a seating option that will last a lifetime. It works nicely in a variety of environments, styles, and color schemes, and it’s great quality. Did we mention that we’re into this sofa?
That California cool we keep talking about? Well, she's back in the form of a low wooden side table.
This casual, sleek basket will help you stay organized (or at the very least help you keep up the appearance of order).
If you need good lighting, you can’t go wrong with this floor lamp. It’s neutral enough to fit in anywhere, with clean, classic lines, and you can always count on a brass stand to add some style.
We’re always on the prowl for understated accent seating. It’s great for small spaces and makes entertaining so much easier.
A neutral throw is the perfect way to add balance to your collection of pillows, and that tassel is a ton of fun.
This classic chair is one of the design team’s favorite pieces, and we can see why. The undyed leather sling has been wrapped around oak and secured with natural rope and copper grommets. The team also told us "the leather ages beautifully and only gets better over time with wear and patina." Bonus.