Roman and Williams Guild
53 Howard St.
(at Mercer)
Home Decor

That Roman and Williams’s first shop is beautiful comes as no surprise—interior designers Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch are known for their exquisite taste. But Roman and Williams Guild also manages the near-impossible feat of being both drop-dead glamorous and entirely comfortable. The main thrust of the store, in what used to be a Citibank, on Mercer from Howard to Canal, is Roman and Williams’s furniture collection, of which more than 50 pieces are featured. Then there are objects from artisans from around the world, especially Japan, and products from companies that the firm admires, such as Sferra linens and Saint-Louis crystal. The entrance on Howard Street leads into La Mercerie café. Off to the side of the café is an outpost of Emily Thompson Flowers, which you may have admired at the Seaport; her designs are also featured throughout the Guild. And that’s not all: Downstairs you’ll find Phaidon book, art supplies, and a private dining room called House of Bowls.