Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch founded Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors in New York City in 2002. Stephen Alesch is a photographer, painter, etcher and drawer. His technical expertise and his skill for designing spaces at both macro and micro levels were evident in the earliest days of his career. Robin Standefer studied painting, color theory and drawing at the Art Students League. She was handpicked by Martin Scorsese to work as a visual consultant, which led to her 15-year career designing films all around the world. Having worked together for a decade designing sets for significant Hollywood films prior to establishing their firm, Standefer and Alesch have forged an ability to create projects that consistently find the tension between spontaneity and rigor, refinement and rebellion, and past and future. Their ability to establish the design direction of a space and to detail projects flawlessly is a hallmark of Roman and Williams. Without boundaries or borders, Roman and Williams employs a range of ideas, materials, objects, and references – from the unexpected to the pedigreed to the mundane – and, through the lens of their own singular viewpoint, create alchemy. Never limited by what they designed last, the Roman and Williams aesthetic is constantly shifting and evolving, reflecting the diverse interests and profound curiosities of the firm’s principals, a practice that has earned them many devoted followers and accolades, including being honorees of the Architectural Digest Top 100 in 2011.