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Roman and Williams Open a SoHo Flagship (Florist and French Café Included)
Much like an incredible sculpture or gorgeous home, some things are gifts to the design world—Roman and Williams Guild being a striking example. The SoHo flagship marks the design firm’s first brick-and-mortar, showcasing its Founding Collection—furniture, lighting, and accessories created by the husband-and-wife duo Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch—plus, collaborations with global artisans, found objects, and antiques. From the glossy custom grey paint to the open shelving showcasing French and Japanese artisan glassware, every detail in the space is considered and exudes their signature striking-yet-livable style that you’ve likely seen in the interiors of New York’s Lafayfette restaurant, the Ace Hotel a bit further uptown, San Antonio’s Hotel Emma, and Freehand Chicago (they’re also the aesthetic eye behind goop Lab). And since Standefer and Alesch wanted the space to reflect the way they live, they opened La Mercerie, an all-day Parisian café and bakery (open until 11 p.m.), and a flower shop from “local muse of botany” Emily Thompson. The result? A gorgeously louche, authentic space we never want to leave.
The Roman and Williams vision is fully realized throughout the Guild, which showcases the Founding Collection’s more than forty pieces of artfully made furniture and fifteen pieces of artisan lighting, along with curated vintage finds. The space is outfitted with faucets and fixtures from the R.W. Atlas Collection, designed in collaboration with Waterworks, architectural door and cabinet hardware created in partnership with H. Theophile, and a curated library from Phaidon.
The restaurant—a partnership with Stephen Starr—mixes old-world charm and modern-day refinement. Parisian chef Marie-Aude Rose helms the kitchen where she brings her talent for creating simple French comfort food (think: freshly baked brioche, buckwheat crepes with seafood, and saffron-infused broth with market vegetables).