The New York design firm Roman+Williams create inviting, memorable spaces through their inventive use of textures, moods, colors and meaningful objects that linger in that ‘sweet spot’, somewhere between the past and present. The husband- and-wife design team Stephen Alesch and Robin Standefer, the creative force behind Roman+Williams, share roots in the movie industry having designed over 20 films together and this influence shows in their recent work for commercial and private residences… Their interiors ‘tell a story.’
Over the past few years the pair have refurbished New York’s Royalton hotel; designed interiors for New York’s Standard and Ace hotels; and, in the spring of 2009, debuted their first ground-up structure, a condominium building in New York’s NoLIta. I personally love the use of worn, weathered materials in their spaces. There is a familiar warmth and an ‘embedded history’ in their work, yet it seems uniquely contemporary and very much ‘in the moment’ at the same time.
When asked what her narrative for the look of the Ace was, Standefer replied, “A grand, dilapidated country house the Rolling Stones holed up in to make a record, or maybe it’s the old-money retreat where a kid threw a big party when his parents weren’t around, and he and his friends trashed the place.”
Whatever the inspiration behind this talented design team’s vision might be, I am a HUGE fan of Roman+Williams!
Randy – A Life Designed