Roman & Williams are a favourite design firm of mine (I rather sadly have a few). I love the fact their spaces look deliberately practical and used.
To celebrate the firm’s ten-year anniversary, Roman & Williams share a selection of projects that includes buildings, interior design, and product development in a new book: ROMAN AND WILLIAMS: Buildings and Interiors. Their substantial portfolio includes interiors for Manhattan’s Ace Hotel (and restaurant The Breslin),The Standard Hotel, The Dutch, Facebook, Stumptown, and The Royalton Hotel. In each case, their approach which encompasses building, designing, collecting, and living where no detail is overlooked is wonderfully encapsulated. A work ethic which strongly references where they honed their practical craft, as filmset designers.
The interview below has been filmed rather beautifully too, it showcases the ascetic and look of their work perfectly which plays with light to create an open and individual world. It also includes an intelligent and personal discussion on architecture and design. Roman & Williams is Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch, they are architects, interior designers, furniture designers, and painters.
“It’s a shame to only have dreams at night. You should have a few opportunities during the day.”
– Stephen Alesch