Roman and Williams

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Roman and Williams

Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch of Roman and Williams are so busy designing spaces for New Yorkers to have fun in that they rarely get to have a cocktail there once they’re finished, leaving the Ace Hotel lobby (and the Breslin) and the Boom Boom Room at the Standard Hotel to the players. The couple recently did Gwyneth Paltrow’s apartment (in lavender) and Kate Hudson’s house and they just completed a new 19th-century-style condo building on Elizabeth Street that seemed like a revelation to those who noticed: real brick, laid by bricklayers, making Roman and Williams the Mast Brothers Chocolate of architecture. Which is why I’m looking forward to adding “Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors : Things We Made” to my library this fall (Rizzoli, October). Standeger and Alesch’s aesthetic is the anti-thesis of last decade’s glitter and fast fashion. Their spaces are an argument against flimsiness. In tune to the quieter times we live in, the design duo deals in the world of found objects and craftsmen, in the thick line weights of Alesch’s charcoal drawings and the dirt of Standefer’s Montauk garden. “It makes me deeply unhappy to see Modernism falling apart,” Alesch says. “It feels like a broken dream or something. I’ve avoided it my whole life. There’s nothing more tragic to me than broken cutting-edge things.” In addition to their first coffee-table book, I’m curious to see the results of their next big project: the food hall on the Facebook campus. Certainly new territory beyond their celebrated restaurant interiors in downtown NYC.

2015-11-18T16:34:08-05:00March 7th, 2012|Style Guide|