Clever Ep. 146: Roman Alonso of Commune Design

On this episode of Clever podcast, Amy Devers talks to Principal of Commune Design, Roman Alonso, who grew up in Caracas Venezuela, often traveling around in a motorhome with his family to escape to nature, before moving to Miami as a teenager. He attended Boston University, with the underlying fantasy of getting to New York. After college, he got a job at Barney’s in New York, wrote for the style section of The New York Times, and started a publishing company, Greybull Press. Commune was founded in 2004 in Los Angeles and since then Roman and partner Steven Johanknecht have grown it into a vibrant community of creatives, a Commune Shop, and impressive international hospitality projects, including many Ace Hotels, that have the adventurous, warm spirit Roman brings to everything he does. Listen:

Kitchen, Santa Cruz, CA 2020 \\\ Photo: Stephen Kent Johnson

The Durham Hotel, Durham, NC, 2015. \\\ Photo: Spencer Lowell

Roman’s reading nook at home, Los Angeles, CA, 2018 \\\ Photo: Stephen Kent Johnson

Design Commune (Abrams, 2020)

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Jaime Derringer, Founder + Executive Editor of Design Milk, is a Jersey girl living in SoCal. She dreams about funky, artistic jewelry + having enough free time to enjoy some of her favorite things—running, reading, making music, and drawing.