Stephen Alesch is co-founder of design firm Roman and Williams, along with his wife, Robin Standefer. Originally from Wisconsin, Alesch began his career as an architectural draftsman in Los Angeles and later worked as a set designer and art director on 21 feature films during a 9-year period. In 2003, Alesch and Standefer opened Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors in NYC, and in the 15 years since have grown the firm to more than 30 people. In 2018, Alesch and Standefer opened the RW Guild in SoHo, which they designed, own, and operate. (See our story, The Guild: A Glamorous New Emporium in SoHo from Roman and Williams for more.) Alesch and Standefer live in New York and have a weekend home in Montauk.
10 Things to Know About Stephen Alesch:
Cities I’ve Lived In: Los Angeles, Sedona, New York.
Biggest Design Influence: Bernard Maybeck.
Favorite Shop: De Vera on Crosby Street in SoHo.
Favorite Artist: Neo Rauch.
Favorite Item in My Closet: Rubinacci suit.
Latest DIY Project: Circular perennial vegetable garden.
On My Wish List for My House: Japanese bath house addition.
Last Art Exhibit I Saw: The Last Supper in Milan.
Favorite Wine: Old-vine garnacha.
Favorite Thing to Cook: Curries.
Pets: My Brachychiton rupestris 23-year-old bonsai grown from seed.