Standefer and Alesch will discuss the power of beauty and their firms pursuits on
April 4, at 6 pm in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre at FIT, Seventh Avenue at 27th Street. This event is free and open to the public, with no reservations required.
In addition to the presentation, Standefer and Alesch will sign copies of their recently published monograph, Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors: Things We've Made. The book will be available for purchase.
After a decade of designing sets for Hollywood films, Standefer and Alesch founded Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors in 2002. Based in downtown Manhattan, the firm creates projects that consistently find the tension between spontaneity and rigor, refinement and rebellion, and past and future.
In selecting this years honorees the committee noted, More than designers, Robin Standefer
and Stephen Alesch are alchemists and choreographers, individuals who possess the
magical powers of seduction. With exquisite details and tactile craft, their interiors
entwine an imagined past with a future full of potential essentially Janus portals
from our present onto a collective memory.
Roman and Williams Building and Interiors contributions to New York City have informed the continuously evolving social scene, with completed projects that include the renovation of the iconic Royalton Hotel, the Standard Hotel for hotelier Andre Balazs, and the Ace Hotel. The firms award-winning design at 211 Elizabeth Street in NoLita is a building of such weight, craftsmanship, and humility that Manhattan Magazine wrote, Most passersby will think the building has always been there, and Roman and Williams built it as if it always will be.
Standefer and Aleschs own homes in Manhattan and Montauk, NY, are, perhaps, the purest
expression of the couples interests, and they act as design laboratories and inspirations
for the firms projects. The New York Times called their East Fourth Street loft an appealing hybrid, as if an apartment from
the Apthorp had been reassembled by the furniture designers Pierre Chareau or Jean
Prouv. Residential projects, which Roman and Williams undertake with the same sense
of totality and holism as it does all of its projects, remain a priority.
Past Lawrence Israel Prize honorees are:
2012Diller Scofidio + Renfro
2006 Jamie Drake
2005Adam D. Tihany
2000Margo Grant Walsh, Gensler
1999 John F. Saladino
FIT's Interior Design program, named by DesignIntelligence as one of the country's top ten interior design programs, by the website www.schoolofinteriordesign.org as among the top ten programs in the world, and by Examiner.com as the number one interior design program in New York City, has been preparing students for success for more than 50 years. This rigorous, multidisciplinary program combines the academic study of the history and theory of interior design with practical, hands-on projects. In classes taught by industry professionals, students learn drafting techniques, computer modeling, lighting, and materials and methods, with an emphasis on sustainability, user health, and safety.
FIT is a leader in career education in art, design, business, and technology, with a wide range of programs that are affordable and relevant to today's rapidly changing industries. Part of the State University of New York, the college offers more than 45 majors leading to the AAS, BFA, BS, MA, MFA, and MPS degrees.