Roman and Williams, the design firm led by Stephen Alesch and Robin Standefer, have created interiors for some of New York's most iconic hospitality venues — The Standard and Ace Hotels, The Breslin and The Dutch, among many others. As the studio tasked with designing their website, our priority was to let the content shine brighter than the design itself. We developed a custom WordPress theme that could support large-scaling images and a minimal interface, along with a thumbnail view for casual browsing and inspiration hunting.
A Decade of Design
To commemorate their tenth anniversary, Roman and Williams asked us to partner with Rizzoli to design their first book, Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors: Things We Made. We wanted to capture every aspect of the Roman and Williams ethos — their signature blend of glamor and grit, precision and playfulness. For example, we had Stephen draw on top of our carefully organized spreads, a nod to his quirky habit of scrawling graffiti throughout his home and office. The result is a collection of the sketches, photo collages, hand-drawn renderings and meaningful objects that, when viewed as a whole, tell the singular story of Roman and Williams. Things We Made has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, The Telegraph, The New York Times, and Elle Decor as an essential book in any designer's collection.