Roman and Williams

With a prestigious NYC project list including The Ace Hotel, renovation of the Royalton Hotel and Standard Hotel, I thought it time to look into the private realm of the Architecture firm of Roman and Williams. As expected, the firms office self titled “The Center for the Study of Good Things”, is good indeed. Built in 2004, the 4,000 sf  space is an eclectic mix, reflecting their design sensibilities, which aim to create “tension between spontaneity and rigor, refinement and rebellion, high and low, and past and future.” I love the refined industrial feel. Simplicity and clarity, paired with the warmth offered in weathered material. Inherent in these found objets are their dings and scuffs, which convey the story of their journey.  The result is comfortable and inviting. If you look closely, the color palette is restrained and neutral. Wood, metal, and black painted accents create a no frills environment full of character. What a wonderful place to come to explore creativity everyday.

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ACE Hotel Inspiration: DIY Mural

I have recently had the very good fortune to visit the Ace Hotel, both in Portland while visiting family, and on a weekend trip to NYC. I absolutely love the brand, from the relaxed and edgy feel, to the city specific sensibility reflected in each personalized location. I enjoyed more than my share of Stumptown Coffee, and witnessed the sharing of the Roasted Suckling Pig at the Breslin. Each of these experiences rich in comfort and the culture of their environment.  In my room in New York, was an inspiring mural by artist Timothy Goodman. Unique and accessible, the artwork reflects a depth of content of the city, as well as the artist. A bit like reading a good book, I found myself visiting these images again and again during my visit.

Truly, an inspiration for a home DIY project, the handmade quality of imperfection in this beautiful display is something I believe could be personalized and stylized to suit any individual. Now, I won’t pretend to have the talent of Mr. Goodman, but I might be able to pull off a fun story for my own space. How about you?  Start by doodling, and enlarge or reduce images to suit your design, then tape them up on the wall. Once placed, sketch lightly first, then grab your marker and get to work. Personal, and forgiving, a mechanism to imprint a little bit of yourself on your space. Mr. Goodman describes taking the time to set up his project, to ensure proper alignment and position of each element. That’s experience talking, and worth the investment of time.


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