Roman and Williams is, first and foremost, focused on people and their experiences of a space. In 2002, Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch partnered to found the New York-based design studio Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors. The firm has since garnered international attention for their work on hotels, restaurants, retail spaces, homes, and product design. Distinguishable by its ingenious blending of historical elements with a modern reference, Roman and Williams strives to create projects which consistently find the tension between spontaneity and rigor, refinement and rebellion, and past and future. The studio places an emphasis on sturdy, well-made objects, custom designing many of the furniture and fixtures found in their work. Credited with reinventing the world of hospitality through the boutique hotel, Roman and Williams is known for their work on such projects as The Ace Hotel New York, The Boom Boom Room at the Standard Highline, and the upcoming Bourdain Market in New York City. In another project of cultural and civic significance, the firm is collaborating on the re-design of the British Galleries at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Each project is instilled with a sense of narrative and familiarity. The firm has received numerous accolades for their approach, including the prestigious 2014 National Design Award for excellence in Interior Design, and Robin and Stephen were recently cited by Fast Company as two of the most Creative People in Business.