It's the beginning of fall which means a plethora of new design books are headed our way. One we're eager to get our hands on is the new Roman and Williams book: Building & Interiors: Things We Made. For their tenth anniversary, the design studio presents projects that blend the spirit of our
collective history with a modernist edge. Roman and Williams’s style
honors craftsmanship, the use of natural materials, and the overlooked
in unexpected ways. Their understated, glamorous sensibility is imparted
in Manhattan’s Ace Hotel interiors and restaurant The Breslin, The Standard Hotel, with its iconic Boom Boom Room, and the Royalton lobby.
For such popular restaurants as The Dutch (one of our favorite restaurants!), the duo created environments
with textured backdrops that reference a rich past with a contemporary
sensibility. Their innovative work has captured the attention of firms
such as Facebook—they recently completed its campus food hall—and their
residences for celebrities such as Ben Stiller and Gwyneth Paltrow are
equally imaginative. This book surveys the firm’s prestige projects,
presented with Alesch’s architectural hand drawings and sketches and
detailed views. Also included is their loft and Montauk home, which
serve as design laboratories, and a collection of furnishings and
fixtures. Wound up!