The annual AD100 list, was released and it comes with news! The big expectation of the year by the hand of Arquitectural Digest, celebrates the 100 Top names in the interior design and architecture field and is organized in an ambiguous way. This year, 2017 AD list is organized by categories, from the Devildares to the American Beauties or even the Hitmakers, talent is the unifying element among such renowed interior designers and architects.
Ladies and Gents, a round of applause to Roman and Williams!
Featured on the 2017 AD100 list of the world’s renowed names in the interior design and architecture industry, Roman and Williams is, first and foremost, focused on people and their experiences of a space. Firm principals Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch founded Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors, named after their grandfathers, in 2002. Having worked together for a decade designing sets for significant Hollywood films, the pair took their first steps away from film when they were asked to design a home in Los Angeles; Roman and Williams was born and the firm hasn’t looked back since.
They truly believe that the story of a space is just as important as the design and the objects that go into it – it all plays into the experience. As a firm, they’re never focused on a definitive style from any era. Roman and Williams love to strip things down to their essence – instead of design, they really strive for integrity and character, focusing on a vernacular language, because vernacular is beyond design. It’s from the heart.
Known for their contradictions and our use of layers and eclecticism, they take a traditional foundation and then rebel against it with lively irreverence designing unselfconsciously, and their secret is to focus on things they also love. As they use to say “We never allow ourselves to be limited by what we did last and search for the neglected and the unused. Our wish is to stimulate our spaces, raise their temperature, and to create voltage in the environment and use them to inspire.”
At Roman and Williams, the interest is focused in spaces and objects that people can truly use and things that genuinely last. The designers are always devoted to rebelling against disposability and the common stereotypes of what it means to be “modern” today.
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