DeSoto Central Market Phoenix, AZ

Vintage Inspired Design

At REstyleSOURCE, one of our favorite uses for an empty historic space is to see a multitude of small businesses come in and breathe new life into an old shell of a building….which is exactly what’s going on in the old DeSoto building in Phoenix, Arizona! Created in the midst of the Art Deco splendor of the 20s, the building sat unoccupied from 1970 until 2015, waiting for Mackenzie Collier Interiors (in partnership with Motley Design Group) to reinvigorate the space. Now open to the public in downtown Phoenix, this space in the Evans Churchill neighborhood (recognized on the National Register of Historic Places) houses a collection of diverse and independently owned restaurants. A tea & coffee shop, full bar and market have sprung up at the new DeSoto, as well as ample interior and exterior community spaces, soon to be joined by a bakery, butcher shop, florist, and ice cream parlor.


REstyleSOURCE | DeSoto Central MarketPhoto c/o James Stewart

Built in 1928, the building housed the C.P. Stephens DeSoto Six Motorcars dealership until 1955 and its purpose remained related to auto sales until 1970. The historic red brick building then sat in ruins until current owner Ken Cook realized its potential, at which point he teamed up with Motley Design Group and began the process of turning the building into a community hub and incubator for newly established restaurants. Mackenzie Collier Interiors then jumped on board to oversee the design and overall nostalgic feel of the space.


REstyleSOURCE | DeSoto Central Market
Photo c/o James Stewart

The DeSoto team worked to salvage and incorporate terracotta tiles from the historic Phoenix Luhrs Central Building nearby, and incorporated subtle automotive touches as well as elements of Art Deco & Depression-Era style to further add to the historic richness of the space.

REstyleSOURCE | DeSoto Central MarketPhoto c/o James Stewart

“The DeSoto creative team meditated on the idea of Art Deco design crumbling at the onset of the Great Depression. We also considered the streamlined modern automotive designs that dominated the design world in later years. We knew this incredible building had a very important story to tell. Our role was purely to incorporate functional elements that allowed the building to speak!”

– Mackenzie Collier –

REstyleSOURCE | DeSoto Central MarketPhoto c/o James Stewart

Many of the revitalized DeSoto Market’s custom-made pieces came a local furniture builder, and collections of vintage white wire Homecrest chairs were sourced from Zinnias at Melrose, a local Phoenix vintage store. The modest dining & café tables have weathered zinc tops reminiscent of old galvanized buckets. Tufted black leather Chesterfield sofas and army green airliner style armchairs were custom made with black and dark green recycled leather. Dining chairs are a glossy black metal, while industrial draftsman-style bar stools have reclaimed wood seats and backrests. All of the furniture in this multi-use space is functional, and possesses a timeless style designed to last for many more generations.


REstyleSOURCE | DeSoto Central MarketPhoto c/o James Stewart

Outdoors, there’s a large amount of seating designed by Collier and her team, such as a custom bank of shaded booths which showcases a stunning flared Art Deco sunburst design, as well as custom designed metal sconces that are meant to be reminiscent of a 1930s DeSoto Car grill (another nod to the building’s history). The overall color scheme is a nice dynamic of rough, industrial materials in weathered neutrals alongside cheerful aqua, celery, pink, and yellow–a throwback to the days when candy colored automobiles dominated the streets of downtown Phoenix–with additional artwork provided by a local teen rehabilitation non-profit. With such a focus on the nostalgic past, the colorful present and the bright future of this space, and as tightly woven as it already is into the local community, REstyleSOURCE can’t wait to see what develops at DeSoto Central Market.

DSShop This Look!

Industrial-style bistro chairs, zinc tabletops and tufted leather got your attention? Get this reclaimed, industrial look in your own space by shopping the REstyleSOURCE designer picks in the column at the right. Click the links to find shops where you can get this look locally!

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