Roman and Williams
Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch founded Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors in New York City in 2002. Having worked together for a decade designing sets for significant Hollywood films prior to establishing their firm, Standefer and Alesch have forged an ability to create projects that consistently find the tension between spontaneity and rigor, refinement and rebellion, and past and future. Without boundaries or borders, Roman and Williams employs a range of ideas, materials, objects, and references – from the unexpected to the pedigreed to the mundane – and, through the lens of their own singular viewpoint, create alchemy. They have an uncanny ability to mix seemingly disparate objects together in ways that “allow them to simmer to see if we can raise the temperature of a space,” as Robin and Stephen explain. “We try to communicate a voltage between time periods, cultures, and styles.” Never limited by what they designed last, the Roman and Williams aesthetic is constantly shifting and evolving, reflecting the diverse interests and profound curiosities of the firm’s principals, a practice that has earned them many devoted followers and accolades, including being honorees of the Architectural Digest Top 100 in 2011. Roman and Williams has also launched a product-design division and is designing several product and furniture lines, which range from the highly refined to the more accessible and reflect all aspects of the Roman and Williams’ psyche. Such work includes the R.W. Atlas line for Waterworks, released September 2012, which has been praised as luxurious and timeless and was featured in Architectural Digest. Roman and Williams + MatterMade, a line of custom light fixtures, accent tables, and a reader chair designed in collaboration with New York deign gallery Matter, premiered at ICFF in May 2013. The line was praised by the New York Times for having “laserlike attention to details.” Forthcoming products include a collaboration with the Ace Hotel and a partnership with world renowned luxury French company Lalique.