Roman & Williams Design Firm

"It's a shame to only have dreams at night. You should have a few opportunities during the day." This wistful quote from Stephen Alesch speaks volumes about the spaces he and Robin Standefer create as architects and designers. Their firm Roman & Williams, is named for their grandparents, paying homage to another era. Together, they draw on the evocative moods, textures, and meaningful objects that linger somewhere between past and present. Their work is infused with memory and allows participants to connect with a more romantic and important time.

Alesch still renders all of their presentations by hand, a skill he has preserved and honed from an early age. Standefer evolved her skills as a painter into creating sets for the likes of Scorsese. As a team they have developed an approach to creating buildings and interiors that reveres craft and tradition, combined with a contemporary viewpoint. This unique vision has lead to a number of important public and private projects including the Ace Hotel, The Standard Hotel, and 211 Elizabeth. Photo by Rose Callahan"

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In Praise of Doubt ...

1. Donald Judd, Untitled, 1989. Plywood, each 50 x 100 x 50 cm. Courtesy Froehlich Collection, Stuttgart. © ART © Judd Foundation, by SIAE 2011 © Palazzo Grassi.

2. Sturtevant, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, AMERICA AMERICA, 2004. Light bulbs, rubber light sockets and cords, dimensions variable. Courtesy Sturtevant © Palazzo Grassi. Top: Charles Ray, Boy with Frog, 2005-2007. Painted steel, 247 x 91 x 96.5 cm. © Charles Ray / Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery. © Palazzo Grassi.

3. Subodh Gupta, Spooning, 2009. Stainless steel, 2 parts, 33.9 x 274.9 x 52 cm. © Subodh Gupta, courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. © Palazzo Grassi.

54th Venice Biennale 2011 “In Praise of Doubt” at Punta della Dogana

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