The stimulating energy of New York City lends to creators redefining and reinventing charming spaces and turning them into experiences that involve all five senses. One such place comes to mind that I think you will love.

I recently met up with some design friends for lunch at La Mercerie Café on Howard St. in Soho, NY.  The space is gorgeous. The design is so French chic. The delicious food, ambiance, and comfortable stylish interiors were perfect for a meeting of creative minds.

Sharing this space within the all-encompassing edifice named The Guild New York, is the only brick and mortar Roman and Williams shop where customers are able to buy the design company’s imaginative wares.

The firm, founded by Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch, curates a collection of gorgeous Japanese pottery, bespoke furniture, stunning textiles and amazing found objects. The private dining room with Japanese Cherry Blossom hand-painted wallpaper is not to be missed…and they have more selections to choose from.


The store and it’s contents are simply beautiful.

I loved this place so much that I made a special point of taking a Hong Kong client there on his recent trip. It’s that good.

Roman and Williams Guild also houses Emily Thompson Flowers — a shop that will challenge what you think floral arrangements can be. They pride themselves in utilizing things of nature that are often overlooked and showing their true beauty. Their innovative bouquet designs are displayed throughout the entire building, not just the shop.

Bring full circle all the senses experienced in this unique space by taking a tour of the lower level to peruse the Phaidon Library — they’ve thought of everything at The Guild. It is truly a space to feed the body, mind, and soul.

Go. You won’t regret it.

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