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The Atitlan Project Bringing Change Through Art & Design With West Elm

Updated 10th May 2019
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I’m a firm believer that design and art can change and inspires peoples lives for the better. West Elm is doing that very thing by collaborating with Roar + Rabbit after a visit to Guatemala. The Atitlan Project partners with the artisans in the community of Lake Atitlan in creating furniture pieces. Beautiful handcrafted pieces by the local artisans of beading, weavings and abstract patterns in bright and bold colours.

Source: West Elm Blog Front + Main

There are two parts to the project with furniture pieces available online and a selection of 14 one off additions to be auctioned off. The auction by Paddle 8 is on now with biddings already taken place and continues until May 22nd. A 100 percent of all proceeds from the auction will go to the Pintando El Cambio Association. The project is to raise funds in helping painting the houses in the town of Santa Catarina Palapo. The Atitlan Project aims to paint 850 houses for the year, in hopes of promoting tourism to the town. Celebrating their vibrant Mayan culture and increasing opportunities for the artisans in the area.

The Collection

The Atitlan Project for West Elm is a limited collection, 50 percent of the proceeds from online will go towards the cause. Designer Diego Olivero of Meso Goods born in Guatemala is also involved. Textured and embroidered throw pillows, rugs and bright Mayan inspired pieces of artwork are included in the collection too. There are lots of pieces to stand out and make a statement to your room. Here are some favourites…

These swivel chairs below are one off’s available only as part of the auction by Paddle 8.

The Villa swivel – Source: Paddle 8
Hillside swivel – Source: Paddle 8

Here are some the items you can find online from the limited collected from West Elm.

Which are you favourites from the West Elm Atitlan Project? Leave your comments below or email me!


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