I first came across the book “Roman and Williams Buildings & Interiors : Things We Made” on Amazon a couple of years ago. Giving it a quick cover to cover flip, I thought it was a beautiful book that chronicles many of the firm’s and the couple’s projects. I have stacks and stacks of books of architectural firms in my library and it really makes me rethink hard about adding another heavy, oversized tome to my shelves, fast depleting of available space.
Then a project is prominently featured in the New York Times on a day you have more time to read. I did read and I did appreciate the work and manner of work that Roman and Williams devote to their craft.
The project I am referring to is the former home of Jenna Lyons, J Crew’s President and tastemaker au courant. How can such a space be more attention grabbing post Jenna Lyons ? That is what piqued my curiosity.
I was pleasantly surprised at how the definition of classic can be stretched to include some edge and some age. For this is what I describe Tracy Martin’s new home. It is not attention grabbing in its first life but it is definitely a home that I will refer to many times for inspiration.
All these said, I am very curious about the Morbid Anatomy Museum which Ms Tracy Martin is the chief executive of. It opens in Brooklyn next month. It must be a juxtaposition for Ms Martin working with the “morbid” and coming home to a space that is full of meaningful hence beautiful things.
And like the old adage, I did give the book ”Roman and Williams Buildings & Interiors : Things We Made” a good and thorough look. I donated two books to my neighborhood library and have added a new resource to my shelves- the creative talent of Stephen Alesch and Robin Standefer. They describe their style as Primitive Modernism which is akin to what I call Classic + Edgy + Age.
All Photographs by Bruce Buck for the New York Times.