The Dynamic Design Duo: Roman and Williams Talks
So you're in New York City, and you walk into the dark and cozy hotspot that is the lobby of the Ace Hotel, and you wonder, "whoa, who designed all this?" And then perhaps you go over to the other happening hotel in the city right now, The Standard, and you think the same thing. And the answer to this questionwhich is really who are the hottest interior designers out there right nowis Roman & Williams.
From the Standard's notoriously exclusive (and decadent) Boom Boom Room to the Breslin restaurant at The Ace, the dynamic design duo is behind the look of some of the buzzingest Manhattan properties these days. Curious to catch up with them, and see if designersRobin Standefer and Stephen Aleschcould get them into the Boom Boom, Gothamist contacted them for a brief interview, and discovered a few choice tidbits.
You should really read the whole brilliant little exchange between them, but we've pulled out the best info for your skimming pleasure, after the jump.
· The "Boom Boom Room" at The Standard is no longer called as such. It's now the boring "18th at The Standard," and no they won't tell Gothamist how to get on the list.
· The exhibitionism on show at The Standard was part of the plan, from the beginning. If you're going to do black-tiled showers with full-length windows to the outside, then you know what you're doing.
· Every piece of furniture in the Ace Hotel's lobby was either scavenged and vintage, or custom-designed. And that sweet mosaic tile floor didn't come easily either; they stripped away layers of concrete to get to it and restore it.
· After being asked "what's next?" by Gothamist, Roman & Williams confessed that they've begun work on their first monograph from Rizzoli Books, and also several product lines. Could hotel have Roman & Williams toiletries in Roman & Williams-designed rooms in the future? Who knows, but we kind of hope so.