Robin Standefer & Stephen Alesch
Articles by Robin Standefer & Stephen Alesch
In 2002, Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch partnered to found the New York-based design studio Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors. The firm has since garnered international attention for their work on hotels, restaurants, retail spaces, homes, and product design. Distinguishable by its ingenious blending of historical elements with a modern reference, Roman and Williams strives to create projects which consistently find the tension between spontaneity and rigor, refinement and rebellion, and past and future. The studio places an emphasis on sturdy, well-made objects, custom designing many of the furniture and fixtures found in their work. Credited with reinventing the world of hospitality through the boutique hotel, Roman and Williams is known for their work on such projects as Ace Hotel New York, The Boom Boom Room at the Standard Highline, and Facebook. Each project is instilled with a sense of narrative and familiarity. The firm has received numerous accolades, including the prestigious 2014 National Design Award for excellence in Interior Design.