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There's no doubt West Elm is one of our go-to home decor destinations thanks to its ever-chic bar carts, and cozy throw blankets. But aside from their plethora of fashionable yet accessible couches and serving ware, West Elm also supports a value that is near and dear to our hearts: selling handcrafted home goods that give back to the community with its latest collection, La Mesa.
West Elm honors Mexican culture with beautiful, handcrafted items made in conjunction with eight Mexican artisan groups. Each of the unique pieces (there are over 64,000 of them) help to provide a steady income for 510 artisans throughout parts of Mexico. Many of the collectives have practiced the same craft for generations—their grandparents were glassblowers, painters, or sculptors, and now they continue those traditions.
I learned this technique 44 years ago, starting with my grandparents and then my dad. Now I’ve taught my children this tradition. —Samuel, Fabric Manager
La Mesa, which means table in English, has a lot of significance in this collection. "This is where our family comes together to share meals, stories, and celebrate traditions," says Diego Olivero, West Elm's artisan craft consultant. There's something special that happens when families and friends gather—whether that's for birthdays, anniversaries, or your average Sunday supper. West Elm captures that magic within each piece.
Each piece in this collection tells a story. The West Elm team traveled to Mexico to meet with all the creators and learn about their techniques, expertise, and family heritage—and that comes through in every item. From geometric terracotta bowls designed in San Miguel de Allende to hand-woven, warm-hued wool textiles from Teotitlán, every product represents the artisans' history within the craft.
This special collection is now available for purchase on West Elm's website. Scroll through to see some of our favorite pieces from the La Mesa collection.
West Elm La Mesa Bowls (Set of 4)
These hand-painted terracotta bowls add a pop of color to your kitchen and can handle everything from yogurt to pasta. The black and blue geometric pattern also comes in a matching set of small dinner plates—perfect for entertaining guests.
West Elm La Mesa Mexican Pillow Cover
This hand-embroidered pillow is a tribute to a traditional Mexican heritage pattern, designed by women in Chiapas. West Elm partnered with Aid to Artisans, a nonprofit that helps with employment opportunities for low-income artisans.
The subtle, yet playful stitching makes this the perfect pillow to jazz up a couch or wooden chair. Pick from a square or lumbar shape, individually, or as a set of two.
West Elm Oaxaca Ceramic Decorative Bowl
This catch-all bowl works to hold jewelry or coins wherever you place it—it's incredibly versatile. West Elm partnered with Oax-i-fornia, a collaborative project between Oaxacan artisans and designers to create this statement piece that represents a customary bowl from Oaxaca.
West Elm La Mesa Unframed Wall Tapestry
Liven up plain walls with this gorgeous tapestry. The hand-woven wool in a neutral hue brings a rustic feel to any room. And the bold design will make guests stop and ask where you found it.
West Elm La Mesa Table Throw
If you're looking for a conversation starter, this hand-woven throw is the perfect layer to add to your table. Delicate stitching paired with tasseled sides make a big statement. Style with neutral or patterned La Mesa dinnerware plates, add some sturdy glasses, and you're ready for the big event.