West Elm Selected in 2019 Innovation by Design Awards for Work on Atitlán Project

West Elm, the global design and lifestyle company, was recently honored for its mission of using design for good. West Elm was selected by Fast Company for its 2019 Design Awards in the Social Good category for its work through the Atitlán Project, a limited edition collection launched in May 2019.

Inspired by the vibrant culture and indigenous craft of Santa Catarina Palopó, a small community on the northeastern shore of Lake Atitlán in Guatemala, West Elm collaborated with Roar + Rabbit and Meso Goods to create 14 one-of-a-kind swivel chairs and ottomans handcrafted by Guatemalan artisans. The chairs were auctioned off in May, and West Elm donated 100 percent of the proceeds to Pintando el Cambio Association, a non-profit transforming communities through art and local histories.

To read more about the project, see West Elm's announcement here.

Fast Company’s Innovation by Design is the only competition to honor creative work at the intersection of design, business, and innovation. The awards recognize people, teams, and companies solving problems through design. 

Click the image above to download the project look book.

Fast Company selected an influential and diverse group of 483 leaders in fashion, architecture, graphic design, data visualization, social good, user experience, mobility, and more as finalists for the awards. This year’s applicant pool was the most competitive ever, with more than 4,300 entries.

View the complete Innovation by Design honoree list at: http://www.fastcompany.com/innovation-by-design/2019 

View more designs by West Elm at www.westelm.com.