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The Art Of Commerce

Roman and Williams—the go-to firm for Gwyneth Paltrow, the Ace Hotel, and others—opens a bounteous home-goods emporium

Jane Keltner De Valle

If you visited our house, we might sit on the sofa and have a glass of wine—it’s normal,” says Robin Standefer, cofounder of Roman and Williams with husband Stephen Alesch. “But it’s not normal as a shopping experience.” Or, shall we say, it wasn’t pre–Roman and Williams Guild NY. The pair’s new 7,000-square-foot Manhattan emporium encompasses their furniture, lighting, and kitchen-and-bath line for Waterworks; artisanal objects from around the world; books; prints; an Emily Thompson flower shop; and Le Mercerie, a brasserie helmed by chef Marie-Aude Rose (wife of Daniel Rose, the chef and coproprietor of the Roman and Williams–designed Le Coucou).

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