Collection by Eujin Rhee

Restaurant Design by Roman and Williams


Established in 2009, Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch of Roman and Williams has been churning out tenacious restaurant designs in The Big Apple and beyond. Strong believers that architecture and design should be substantial and meaningful, not precious or arbitrary, the duo met while working in Hollywood as production designers and art directors where they designed more than 20 films, creating elaborate and historically inspired sets. Standefer was even handpicked by film director Martin Scorsese to be the visual consultant for several of his films. Take a peep at three of our favorite eatery designs from the multidisciplinary team after the jump.

Craving even more restaurant designs? Check out the Outerlands in San Francisco, the world's smallest hotel and cafe, The Broken Arm in Paris, and Stockholm's Cafe Foam.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters has an outpost in the trendy lobby of the Ace Hotel in New York.
Detail of the tubular lighting.
Exterior view of the 522 sq. ft. coffee shop.
On the corner of Prince and Sullivan in SoHo lies The Dutch restaurant.
White brick walls and high glossed ceilings clad the interior.
"The entire space is an exercise in looking both forward and back, in combining the formal and the informal—from the...
The Dutch's view from outside.
For Facebook's Menlo Park, California headquarters' mess hall, the pair describes their ethos as "a combination of...
The 24-hour dining and social space for Facebook's 6,000 or so employees.
Instead of design, Roman and Williams strove for simplicity and transparency.