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Williams Sonoma founder Chuck Williams was inspired by a passion for bringing people together around cooking and enjoying good food. His reputation as a culinary pioneer was preceded by a diversity of pursuits — from learning to cook as a child in his grandmother’s 1920s kitchen and picking fruit in Depression-era orchards to being a WWII airplane mechanic and 1950s building contractor. In 1956, after a life-changing trip to Paris, Chuck transformed a small hardware shop in Sonoma, California, into the first Williams Sonoma store, creating what would become one of the world’s most innovative purveyors of top-quality essentials for cooking, dining and entertaining. The store offered a collection of classic French kitchen equipment that many Americans had never seen before. And it immediately became a favorite of home cooks and professional chefs alike. Expanding on the exceptional quality and craftsmanship that are hallmarks of the Williams Sonoma brand, Williams Sonoma Home offers an exclusive assortment of casually elegant furniture, lighting and decorative accessories – all designed to stand the test of time. Our team of expert designers focuses on exquisite materials and design details, combining textures, colors and construction to create products that are as comfortable and functional as they are beautiful and sophisticated. From kitchen islands and dining tables to living room sofas and chairs custom-upholstered in the United States, Williams Sonoma Home brings classic design and timeless luxury to the comforts of home.
Williams Sonoma retail stores offer premium products you won’t find anywhere else, along with world-class customer service (including free gift-wrapping). When you visit us, you’ll experience the pleasures of cooking firsthand. Complimentary cooking classes highlight seasonal menus and help you master new kitchen techniques. Meet your favorite culinary authors at our book signings. Specialty food tastings introduce you to artisanal flavors from around the world. Demonstrations of the latest kitchen equipment give you hands-on experience, making it easy to discover products that best suit the way you cook and entertain.