west elm office reception area

    West Elm’s corporate headquarters are located in Empire Stores, a 186-year-old industrial complex on Brooklyn’s waterfront. The historic warehouse was once a prime destination for ships laden with coffee beans from far-off lands. The building lay vacant for years before recently becoming one of New York City’s most desirable destinations for retail, dining, and culture.
To emphasize the link between Brooklyn’s past and future, Provenance salvaged structural beams from the site before construction began. Using highly refined processing methods, each century-old column was milled into a site-specific element.
  • empire office common area

    For much of the project, VMAD’s architects trusted Provenance to channel their unique vision. However, Provenance was asked to take the lead in designing several benches.

  • empire office reclaimed timber bench detail

    Our craftsmen transformed antique beams salvaged from the site into unique seating areas. The sturdy timbers were sanded, ebonized, and inlaid with brass.

  • heart pine breakout tables

    Breakout zone tables constructed of antique heart pine timbers provide a casual place for employees to meet. Each one encircles the building’s original Industrial-era columns.

  • When it came to installing an antique Indian wall hanging, VMAD relied on Provenance’s experience with fragile materials. The hand-carved panel arrived from Jaipur in a single piece and was carefully sliced into multiple segments before it was transported to the site. Provenance’s team reassembled the panels during installation, creating the illusion of an almost seamless surface.

  • empire reception desk detail

    Heart pine was also used for paneling the reception desk. Provenance charred the wood to an inky black to complement the marble's veining.

  • empire office conference table 2

    The jewel box conference table showcases Provenance's extensive range of furniture-making skills.

  • empire office conference table

    The table stretches more than 18 feet long and sits up to 16.

  • empire office conference table detail

    Live edge slabs were spliced into panels and accented with narrow steel bands.

  • empire office conference table detail

    The hand-rubbed finish allows the wood's natural beauty to shine through.

  • empire office conference room

    For the vendor conference room, a table of English walnut rests atop vintage cast iron legs.

  • empire office conference room

    A matching credenza rounds out the suite in the vendor conference room.

  • empire office conference room table detail

    Utmost care was given in selecting wood with rich tones and outstanding figuring.

  • To add a burnished shine to the employee beverage bar, Provenance collaborated with cabinet makers to develop and install copper panels with a custom antiqued finish.

  • empire office reclaimed wood paneling

    Hardwood skins salvaged from rural structures impart a rustic touch.

When West Elm decided to consolidate its headquarters in 2016, they knew they wanted a space that embodied their unique brand vision. Over the course of 12 years, the company grew from a catalog-only business to a billion dollar global retailer known for its well-crafted home decor and support of artisans. Clearly, their new Brooklyn office needed to reflect those values. Provenance’s attention to detail and ability to interpret reclaimed materials in a modern way made them a natural fit for the project.

Working closely with VM Architecture and Design (VMAD), Provenance channeled the company’s creative spirit. From salvaging and milling to designing and fabricating, the project shows the full scope of our team’s capabilities. Provenance’s thoughtful touches show up throughout the 10,000-square-foot workspace and no doubt inspire West Elm’s employees.

The final result is a space that mirrors West Elm’s sophisticated esthetic. The successful collaboration demonstrates a shared appreciation for rich materials and mindful design. Provenance was thrilled to play a part in creating a backdrop for West Elm’s exciting future.