When I think of the interiors designed by Roman and Williams, two words come to mind — masculine and sexy. While their spaces often use a limited color palette, they are full of contrasting textures, rich woods, sumptuous leathers, amazing lighting and a touch of sense of humor through the art and accessories. They are the types of homes I imagine the modern Don Draper relaxing in with his Old Fashioned.
Founded in 1999, Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors is named after the grandfathers of owners (and couple) Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch. As a statement against the modernist aesthetic that seemed to be taking over the New York skyline, they opted to choose "quality materials, exceptional craftsmanship, rigor and functionality" to shape their designs. And while they have designed homes for a Guggenheim, Ben Stiller and Kate Hudson, their design of the Ace Hotel has quickly brought their work to the attention of the mainstream.
Here are some examples of their amazing interiors:
1-2 - 211 Elizabeth Street, New York, New York.
3 - Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch in their loft.
4 - 157 Chambers Street, Tribeca, New York
5 - Montauk House, Montauk, New York. Weekend home of Standefer and Alesch.
6 - Castilian Residence, Los Angeles, California.
7 - Roman and Williams Offices, New York, New York.
8-9 - The Ace Hotel NY, New York, New York.
Images: 1- Benjamin Donaldson/W Magazine; all others courtesy of Stephen Alesch; source: Roman and Williams.