The Brilliant Design of Roman and Williams

Jan 4

Husband-and-wife duo Stephen Alesch and Robin Standefer founded Roman and Williams Guild New York in 2002, the SoHo flagship and design firm’s first brick-and-mortar, showcasing its Founding Collection. It’s a culmination of the couple’s life’s work where flowers, food and home design is brought together in a most stunning way. The French cuisine at La Mercerie Café with Chef Marie-Aude Rose and the flower shop by local botanical savant, Emily Thompson, combined with the gorgeous furniture, lighting designs and community of artisans in the boutique, are a delight to the senses.

Collaborations with global artisans, found objects, and antiques decorate the shop and are some of the same designs used to serve food in the café.

Everything about Roman and Williams design makes you want to step right into it and live in it.

Roman and Williams also designed a kitchen I adore – in Gwyneth Paltrow’s Tribeca penthouse. The simplicity and sophistication make this one a favorite right now.

Le Coucou located on Lafayette Street in SoHo, is another space I love that showcases the talent of Roman and Williams. Architectural Digest described it as “surprisingly complex and curious, with layers of design choices that leave the rooms looking both raw and lavishly styled.”

I love everything about these spaces and can’t wait to see what they’ll do next. Stay tuned!

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