Roman & Williams

By Sarah Williams

Published: March 31, 2010 under Design

“It’s a shame to only have dreams at night. You should have a few opportunities during the day.” This wistful quote from Stephen Alesch speaks volumes about the spaces he and Robin Standefer create as architects and designers. Their firm Roman & Williams, is named for their grandparents, paying homage to another era. Together, they draw on the evocative moods, textures, and meaningful objects that linger somewhere between past and present. Their work is infused with memory and allows participants to connect with a more romantic and important time.

Alesch still renders all of their presentations by hand, a skill he has preserved and honed from an early age. Standefer evolved her skills as a painter into creating sets for the likes of Scorsese. As a team they have developed an approach to creating buildings and interiors that reveres craft and tradition, combined with a contemporary viewpoint. This unique vision has lead to a number of important public and private projects including the Ace Hotel, The Standard Hotel, and 211 Elizabeth.


Aaron C
said at 9am
March 31, 2010

Congratulations, this is a great follow-up to the Billykirk film. I've read plenty of and about Roman & Williams but this put a human identity to the duo that I think their work demands.

Cheers Tom,

said at 10am
March 31, 2010

Absolutely inspiring both visually and in content.

said at 12pm
March 31, 2010

"...sort of taboo in our society where individuality is, like, the highest most sacred thing and i pride myself on being very individualistic, but i also love to submit myself to something more important."- Stephen Alesch

wow what an amazing thing to realize, and stand by.

said at 1pm
March 31, 2010

Beautiful work. Creators of experiences. Inspiring.

Myles Henry
said at 3pm
March 31, 2010

truly inspiring. well done.

said at 12am
April 1, 2010


I have been so much interested in this firm.

Thank you!

said at 10am
April 2, 2010

Absolutely inspiring. Beautiful work and words. Thank you!

said at 2pm
April 2, 2010

such a beautiful film.. thank you... it's left me deep in thought, or perhap in a dream like meditation....

jackson araujo
said at 11am
April 3, 2010

Amazing work; amazing film; amazing ideas!

said at 11am
April 5, 2010

This film was so worth waiting for! Loved how the music and photography conveyed the designers' expressions of their artistic dreams.

said at 3pm
April 11, 2010

Fantastic, I loved every aspect of it. Keep up the great work. Think I just might see it again...and again...and

said at 4am
April 12, 2010

Very well put together piece of work. Great work!

said at 4am
April 16, 2010

Amazing work with the lights on this video, really inspiring, thanks!

said at 3pm
April 23, 2010

beautiful. you guys really nailed the lighting!

Patricia Barlow
said at 3am
June 2, 2010

Great video

yvonne ferris
said at 10pm
June 11, 2010

what we should all hope for...aspire towards...and be lucky enough to experience first hand....

John King
said at 6pm
July 24, 2010

excellent piece. beautiful lighting & camera work

really captures Stephen and Robin's artistic spirit & aesthetic

Nuria Arfa-Zanganeh
said at 4pm
April 17, 2011

Your work gives me peace. So do both of you. So does the film...wich has an amazing light!
What you do its very evocative yet incredibly contemporary.
Love that you render by hand!!
Thank you and congratulations.

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