Art Deco returns to New York

Nick Myall
Wednesday 13 Jul 2016

Designed by Roman & Williams this boutique residential building will join a string of high profile buildings along Manhattan’s High Line

The Fitzroy is a brand new building designed to look a century old, a refreshing blast of Art Deco style with a modern twist in a neighbourhood more known for futuristic glass fishbowls. With a striking facade of two shades of green terra-cotta tiles and copper windows, The Fitzroy, designed inside and out by Roman & Williams, joins the ranks of Frank Gehry, Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, Shigeru Ban, Bjarke Ingels and Annabelle Selldorf along the High Line in Manhattan’s West Chelsea neighbourhood, while offering something completely different - a stunning throwback to classic New York design. 

The boutique residential building, currently under construction, will have just 14 residences, each a half or full floor. It is a rare new ground-up building from Roman & Williams, led by husband-and-wife creative team and former Hollywood set designers, Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch. Roman & Williams, named after the couple’s maternal grandmothers, is a celebrated architectural and interior design firm known for their vintage Americana aesthetic and eclectic layered interiors. They are best known for their boutique hotel work including the Ace Hotel New York and various other Ace Hotels, the legendary Boom Boom Room on top of the Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking District and private celebrity homes (Ben Stiller, Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow).

The Fitzroy’s design pays homage to the craftsmanship and decadence of the early 20th Century, and carries through to the interiors. Homes feature 11’ ceilings, chevron-pattern floors of reclaimed oak wood and custom millwork throughout. For all residences, Roman & Williams have designed custom kitchens built by the UK’s Smallbone of Devizes, lighting fixtures, and signature copper bathroom and kitchen hardware. Amenities at The Fitzroy include a La Palestra-designed fitness centre with a dynamic movement studio, cardio studio, yoga & pilates room, treatment room, and dry sauna, a children's art studio and a rooftop lounge with a summer kitchen.  

Nick Myall

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