In 2002, Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch founded the New York-based design studio Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors. The firm is, first and foremost, focused on people and their experiences of a space.
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This incredible pair incredibly blends historical elements with a modern reference and strives to create projects which consistently find the tension between spontaneity and rigor, refinement and rebellion, past and future.
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The team has garnered international attention for their work on hotels, restaurants, retail spaces, homes, and also product design. Today we want to show you a little bit of their residential work, showing you a few home designs with eclectic living rooms.
GWYNETH PALTROW RESIDENCE ⊕ NEW YORK
Gwyneth Paltrow’s New York Apartment was one of the firm’s first collaboration with the actress. On the living room, a classical marble Chesney’s fireplace paired with a Venini light fixture.
BROOKLYN TOWNHOUSE ⊕ BROOKLYN
On a quiet, tree-lined street in Park Slope stands a sun-washed classic nineteenth century Brooklyn brownstone, formerly owned by J. Crew’s Creative Director Jenna Lyons. The owners, an English synth-pop star and the CEO of the Morbid Anatomy Museum, inspired Roman and Williams to embrace a darker and more feminine aesthetic. The firm focused on using pieces from the early twentieth century to draw out the history of the home and add a touch of familiarity. In the living room, worn inviting club chairs and woven leather stools are enhanced with a green Eastlake mirror for a pop of color.
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211 ELIZABETH STREET ⊕ NEW YORK
In their first ground-up residential project, Roman and Williams designed a seven-story condominium building in the heart of NoLiTa, one of New York’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Roman and Williams chose to reject modern construction trends in favor of a more traditional approach.
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MONTAUK HOUSE ⊕ MONTAUK
In this case, the designers took a relatively unremarkable 1950’s “contractor special” with a 1980s addition, and completely changed the feeling and spirit of the place. The house itself serves as both a weekend retreat and a design laboratory. and we love the Danish buffalo leather sofa.
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