There's a reason you feel like cameras are rolling as you're traversing the dramatic, richly layered hotels designed by the firm Roman and Williams. Husband-and-wife principals Stephen Alesch and Robin Standefer met in L.A. while working in production design for films such as "Zoolander" and "Practical Magic."
A fireplace that the duo had designed for the Ben Stiller-Drew Barrymore comedy "Duplex" — richly glazed Craftsman tile, ornate peacocks carved out of walnut — caught the eye of Stiller, who was in the midst of a renovation at his own home.
"We were using real wood on the set, and he said they were using fake wood at his house," Alesch said.
When Stiller showed Alesch and Standefer the plans for the actor's Spanish-style home in the Hollywood Hills, the couple offered to essentially art-direct the project for him. Over the course of a weekend, Alesch drew new gorgeous watercolor concepts, Standefer gathered together a lookbook, Stiller hired them for the renovation, and Roman and Williams (named for Alesch's and Standefer's paternal grandfathers) was born.