The New York-based design studio Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors was founded in 2002 by Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch.
One of the most incredible things about the firm is that it is focused on people and their experiences of a space, what leads to incredible eclectic homes.
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This incredible pair incredibly blends historical elements with a modern reference and strives to create projects which consistently find the tension between spontaneity and rigor, refinement and rebellion, past and future.
The team has garnered international attention for their work on hotels, restaurants, retail spaces, homes, and also product design. Their eclectic designs are strong and inspiring, so we decided to come up with these home designs ideas from Roman & Williams firm.
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Gwyneth Paltrow’s New York Apartment was one of the firm’s first collaboration with the actress. On the living room, a classical marble Chesney’s fireplace paired with a Venini light fixture.
On a quiet, tree-lined street in Park Slope stands a sun-washed classic nineteenth century Brooklyn brownstone, formerly owned by J. Crew’s Creative Director Jenna Lyons. The owners, an English synth-pop star and the CEO of the Morbid Anatomy Museum, inspired Roman and Williams to embrace a darker and more feminine aesthetic.
In their first ground-up residential project, Roman and Williams designed a seven-story condominium building in the heart of NoLiTa, one of New York’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Roman and Williams chose to reject modern construction trends in favor of a more traditional approach.
In this case, the designers took a relatively unremarkable 1950’s “contractor special” with a 1980s addition, and completely changed the feeling and spirit of the place. The house itself serves as both a weekend retreat and a design laboratory.
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The eclectic style it is characterized by the fact that it is not a particular style. It is the borrowing of a variety of styles, ideas and theories, drawn from different time periods and different origins and combining them within a single project.
Of course, a lot of efforts, thoughts, and creativity is necessary in order to make the project in eclectic style look great and at the same time logically interconnected. More than just throwing everything together, eclectic design works to make all these different styles work cohesively. Elements are thoughtfully connected with the other parts of the style in the room. Colors tend to be neutral to further help these different influences come together and avoid the chaotic look with the other features of the design.
One can create a combination of all the different styles such as Vintage, Traditional, Country, Contemporary, Rustic, Tropical, Shabby Chic, Industrial, Minimalistic, Ethnic, Cozy and achieve amazing results.
It can sometimes seem inelegant or lacking in simplicity, eclectics are also sometimes criticized for expressing a lack of consistency.
But with an eclectic mix one can simply overcome a stylistic stagnation and easily innovate and suit the interior to the needs and personalities of their owners, be it a neo-classicist assortment or some new age fun with a vintage feel.
Letting go of rigid stylistic boundaries and figuring out what is your style can be great fun and can certanly help you getting a great interior design project. So… what is your style?
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