Roman and Williams Guild in New York is an innovative design emporium that also sports an amazing restaurant. Inspired by grand Paris cafés, Roman and Williams Guild bursts with creative brilliance as it serves as part showroom, part restaurant and part city reprieve. The showroom is filled with furnishings, lightning, accessories, furs, fabrics and other various pieces of design, all of which come directly from Roman and Williams or from collaborators of the design firm. The restaurant, known as La Mercerie Café, serves up French comfort food and is run by Chef Marie-Aude Rose. Serving classic dishes like beef tartare and buckwheat crêpes, La Mercerie Café is not simply an extension of the store, but an entity that is complemented by the store.
The cross between food and furniture was done in an attempt to create a fully engrossing experience. Buyers are encouraged to spend a lot of time in the space and are supposed to fully enjoy it. The restaurant also serves to show the practical use and application of the furnishings sold in the store, as all the items in the restaurant are also available for purchase. Instead of a simple showroom, Roman and Williams Guild has constructed and interactive experience that is built to totally envelop customers.
Image Credit: Patricia Chang, Roman and Williams Guild