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Roman & Williams from The Scout on Vimeo.

"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. Photo by Rose Callahan

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Roman and Williams epitomize one of my favorite design styles, that of the retro eclectic where time is evoked but unclear. One walks through their space as if in a dreamscape. For the only moment we can ever exist in, is the present but in this moment we are always in resonances evoking our associations with what we believe times long past represent as will what is created now resonate into the future.

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