In the car on the way to the office this morning I noticed some newer graffiti where Hiller Hardware used to stand. For a long time I have been impressed with graffiti artists. As a child I wondered how they could spray paint on billboards and highway overpasses without being noticed. Now I am amazed at how they control the spray and create such unique and interesting signatures.
In the February 10 edition on Interior Design magazine they feature the Surrey Hotel in New York. I had never even heard of the Surrey, but I am planning a spring trip to NY and the photographs of this hotel were amazing, so I did some research.
“Nestled in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, The Surrey hotel is both a familiar destination and an unexpected delight. We offer our guests authentic service, cultural inspiration and singular experiences at every visit.
Built in 1926 as a residence hotel, the original Surrey was home to many of New York’s most eccentric celebrities over the years. JFK. Betty Davis. Claudette Colbert. Famous faces who recognized the allure of exceptional, discreet service. In re-creating The Surrey, we collaborated with acclaimed interior designer Lauren Rottet and paid special attention to maintaining the integrity of this history while modernizing what has become New York’s most intimate address. Rottet’s inspiration was a New York City townhouse passed down through the generations, the keeper of a lifetime of memories.” – from www.thesurrey.com.
The image that intrigued me most was one of the hotel’s “gift shop.” As you can see in the photo below, this in not your ordinary hotel gift shop. It is a custom designed and painted high boy from Jimmie Martin.
So the Surrey is now been added to my ever-growing list of must sees for my big NYC trip. I am hoping for a tour, but will settle for a cocktail in the beautiful Bar Pleides or a bite from acclaimed chef, Daniel Boulud (you would recognize him from Top Chef) at Café Boulud.
Inspiration…graffiti, realization…Infatuated with graphic expression at The Surrey.