west elm Hotels is a partnership between lifestyle retailer west elm and leading hospitality management team DDK.
With a rich background of combined experience in design, hospitality, investment, and management, we are a true collaboration focused on delivering the best in design, community, and service.
west elm got its start in Brooklyn — and we’ve never forgotten our roots. For over 13 years, we’ve been connecting with community-minded, design-focused consumers in markets around the world. With 100+ global stores, we’re the fastest-growing brand in Williams Sonoma, Inc.
DDK has over 60 years of combined hospitality and investment experience and has spearheaded the development, launch, and day-to-day management of some of the world’s strongest new hospitality brands.
Together, we’re building a first-class management organization to exclusively service the properties in our collection. Our vision is for a truly modern hotel: one that brings together design, technology, and community to create spaces that make everyone feel like they belong. Our top priority is consistent, high-quality service and a locally-driven guest experience.
With over 30 years of industry experience, David has helped create some of hospitality’s most acclaimed brands. As the former Chief Operating Officer for Andre Balazs Properties, he oversaw the management of nine uniquely positioned hotels including the Standard brand and the Mercer in New York, the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood and the Chiltern Firehouse in London. Previously David was Managing Director at Ian Schrager Hotels.
Kim is a recognized leader in hospitality finance and management, with experience in mergers, joint ventures and corporate restructuring . As the former Chief Financial Officer for both Andre Balazs Properties and Commune Hotels & Resorts, Kim was responsible for financial performance of the hotels, as well as the management company. Previous experience includes key roles at Marriott International and Starwood Hotels and Resorts.
David has 30+ years of institutional real estate investment experience. His vision helped grow Wasserman Real Estate Capital (WRE) into an internationally known company with a diverse geographic portfolio of properties, including mixed-use, retail, residential, office and hospitality assets.