On Dec. 10, 2014, in a raw space next to the Manhattan office of 1stdibs, Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors founders Stephen Alesch and Robin Standefer joined Barneys New York creative director Dennis Freedman in conversation for the fifteenth edition of Surface's Design Dialogues series, which was moderated by executive editor Spencer Bailey. They discussed everything from the definition of "vintage," to what they look for when collecting furniture pieces and objects, to the poetry inherent in quality design. "Objects, to me, are sort of like people," Standefer said. "They have characters and they tell a story." Special thanks to 1stdibs, Corzo, and Evian.