Fearing public outcry, Senate Republicans aim to keep health care bill secret until last possible minute

The Republican leadership in the Senate is caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to health care legislation.The GOP has spent the better part of 10 years getting its base whipped up with the thought of how terrible deal Obamacare is. It’s been an effective strategy to channel some of the conservative anger into votes. But now that the Republicans actually have the responsibility of governance, their base mobilization technique is coming back to harm them. Now that the rest of America is starting to pay attention to the legislation the GOP is pushing to replace Obamacare — the polling isn’t looking pretty. The constituent events various members of Congress have been holding have turned out even uglier for the party.The tension between placating the party’s anti-government activist base and avoiding the ire of the vast majority of the rest of America is why we’re not likely to see or hear much of anything from the Senate GOP on their plans to repeal and repeal the Affordable Care Act until the last possible minute.

Abstinence only, rebranded: Failed right-wing sex-ed policy returns as “sexual risk avoidance”

Thrice-married libertine Donald Trump got himself elected president by rallying the religious right vote behind him. The devil’s bargain that Christian conservatives made with Trump is easy enough to understand: They ignore his history of sexual incontinence, including rumors of a literal “pee tape,” and he gives them more power over the sex lives of private individuals, especially young people and women. In office, President Trump has done just that, launching a multitude of attacks on legal abortion and contraception access.Now it seems as if a third front is opening in the Trumpian war on other people’s sex lives: The return of abstinence-only education, which many Americans believe had died off after President George W. Bush left office. Well, abstinence-only ed is coming back, but this time around, its proponents hope that voters, especially parents, don’t notice the return to the classroom of religious anti-sex propaganda.

Jane Krakowski, Christopher Jackson Unveil List of 2017 Tony Award Nominees

Jane Krakowsi and Christopher Jackson revealedthe list of 2017 Tony Award nominees at the New York Public Library on Tuesday morning. Leading the pack with a total of 12 nominations is “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812,” with “Hello, Dolly!” and “Dear Evan Hansen” close behind.Cate Blanchett is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for “The Present.” Josh Groban is up for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812,”in which he made his Broadway debut.Tony-winning costume designers Linda Cho and Paloma Young are both in the running for this year’s Best Costume Design of a Musical — Cho for “Anastasia” and Young for “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812.”The 2017 Tony Awards will take place on Sunday, June 11, and will be hosted by Kevin Spacey. View the full list of nominees below.Best Play“A Doll’s House, Part 2”byLucas Hnath“Indecent”by Paula Vogel“Oslo”by J.T. Rogers“Sweat”by Lynn NottageBest Musical“Come From Away”“Dear Evan Hansen”“Groundhog Day”“Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812”Best Book of a Musical“Come From Away,”Irene Sankoff and David Hein“Dear Evan Hansen,”Steven Levenson“Groundhog Day,”Danny Rubin“Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812,”Dave MalloyBest Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre“Come From Away,”Irene Sankoff and David Hein“Dear Evan Hansen,”Benj Pasek & Justin Paul“Groundhog Day,”,Tim Minchin“Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812,”Dave MalloyBest Revival of a PlayAugust Wilson’s“Jitney”Lillian Hellman’s“The Little Foxes”“Present Laughter”“Six Degrees of Separation”Best Revival of a Musical“Falsettos”“Hello, Dolly!”“Miss Saigon”Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a PlayDenis Arndt, “Heisenberg”Chris Cooper, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”Corey Hawkins, “Six Degrees of Separation”Kevin Kline, “Present Laughter”Jefferson Mays, “Oslo”Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a PlayCate Blanchett, “The Present”Jennifer Ehle, “Oslo”Sally Field, “The Glass Menagerie”Laura Linney, “Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes”Laurie Metcalf, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a MusicalChristian Borle, “Falsettos”Josh Groban, “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812”Andy Karl, “Groundhog Day”David Hyde Pierce, “Hello, Dolly!”Ben Platt, “Dear Evan Hansen”Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a MusicalDenée Benton, “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812”Christine Ebersole, “War Paint”Patti LuPone, “War Paint”Bette Midler, “Hello, Dolly!”Eva Noblezada, “Miss Saigon”Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a PlayMichael Aronov, “Oslo”Danny DeVito, Arthur Miller’s “The Price”Nathan Lane, “The Front Page”Richard Thomas, Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes”John Douglas Thompson, August Wilson’s “Jitney”Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a PlayJohanna Day, “Sweat”Jayne Houdyshell, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”Cynthia Nixon, Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes”Condola Rashad, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”Michelle Wilson, “Sweat”Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a MusicalGavin Creel, “Hello, Dolly!”Mike Faist, “Dear Evan Hansen”Andrew Rannells, “Falsettos”Lucas Steele, “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812”Brandon Uranowitz, “Falsettos”Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a MusicalKate Baldwin, “Hello, Dolly!”Stephanie J. Block, “Falsettos”Jenn Colella, “Come From Away”Rachel Bay Jones, “Dear Evan Hansen”Mary Beth Peil, “Anastasia”Best Scenic Design of a PlayDavid Gallo, “August Wilson’s Jitney”Nigel Hook,”The Play That Goes Wrong”Douglas W. Schmidt, “The Front Page”Michael Yeargan, “Oslo”Best Scenic Design of a MusicalRob Howell, “Groundhog Day”David Korins, “War Paint”Mimi Lien, “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812”Santo Loquasto, “Hello, Dolly!”Best Costume Design of a PlayJane Greenwood, Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes”Susan Hilferty, “Present Laughter”Toni-Leslie James, August Wilson’s “Jitney”David Zinn, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”Best Costume Design of a MusicalLinda Cho, “Anastasia”Santo Loquasto, “Hello, Dolly!”Paloma Young, “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812”Catherine Zuber, “War Paint”Best Lighting Design of a PlayChristopher Akerlind, “Indecent”Jane Cox, August Wilson’s “Jitney”Donald Holder, “Oslo”Jennifer Tipton, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”Best Lighting Design of a MusicalHowell Binkley, “Come From Away”Natasha Katz, “Hello, Dolly!”Bradley King, “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812”Japhy Weideman, “Dear Evan Hansen”Best Direction of a PlaySam Gold, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”Ruben Santiago-Hudson, August Wilson’s “Jitney”Bartlett Sher, “Oslo”Daniel Sullivan, Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes”Rebecca Taichman, “Indecent”Best Direction of a MusicalChristopher Ashley, “Come From Away”Rachel Chavkin, “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812”Michael Greif, “Dear Evan Hansen”Matthew Warchus, “Groundhog Day”Jerry Zaks, “Hello, Dolly!”Best ChoreographyAndy Blankenbuehler, “Bandstand”Peter Darling and Ellen Kane, “Groundhog Day”Kelly Devine, “Come From Away”Denis Jones, “Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical”Sam Pinkleton, “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812”Best OrchestrationsBill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen, “Bandstand”Larry Hochman, “Hello, Dolly!”Alex Lacamoire, “Dear Evan Hansen”Dave Malloy, “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812”You're missing something!

Wylie Dufresne Gets Into the Doughnut Business in Brooklyn

Wylie Dufresne has fulfilled his longtime dream of opening up a doughnutshop.The chef, who was behind the innovative WD-50until its closure in 2014 and, more recently, the more casual bistro Alder, has opened up Du’s Donuts inside The William Vale hotel in Brooklyn.“I’ve been wanting to do a doughnutshop for a number of years,” Dufresne explains. “I’ve been working on a restaurant proper downtown in the Financial District and this presented itself right as that was falling through, so I jumped at it,” he says of landing inside the still-new hotel by McCarren Park.The ground level location, which features floor-to-ceiling windows, was designed by architect Richard Lewis. The airy space offers minimal seating but features an open format, giving guests a behind-the-scenes look at the production aspect of the operation. Coffee is local from Brooklyn, and the orange coffee cup design — which features a hexagonal and pentagonal coffee molecule pattern — was designed by Dufresne’s sister-in-law.The jump from deep-frying mayo — one of Dufresne’s iconic WD-50tricks — to deep-frying dough isn’t too extreme of a pivot; doughnutspractically run in his blood. “My great-grandfather was a doughnut maker, and I grew up eating a lot of doughnuts — I come from New England, the home of Dunkin’ Donuts,” Dufresne explains. “And my other great-grandfather had a diner, where doughnutswere heavily featured, and just part of a lot of New England culture. Doughnuts are all over the place,” he continues. “I’ve thought our approach to cooking at WD-50 and Alder is equally applicable to the world of doughnuts. There’s an opportunity to be creative and be thoughtful, and try to see doughnuts through a different lens.”Dufresne has spent the past few months with pastry chef Colin Kull (the pair were connected through mutual friend Christina Tosi, of Milk Bar fame) “perfecting” the recipe for their cake doughnut and the viscosity of the frosting, as well as inventing flavors. Not as easy as it sounds, even for a veteran chef. “I didn’t think it would be easy to make a doughnut, but I didn’t think it would be as hard as it was,” Dufresne admits. “I mean, at the end of the day, it was easier to deep fry mayonnaise at WD-50 — which was hard.”Du’s Donuts will feature around 10 different doughnuts at a time — all cake — with the offerings changing as Dufresne and Kull continuously tweak, edit and refine their ideas. “Much to Colin’s probable disappointment, I have his phone number, so I can text him at all hours of the day,” Dufresne says, casting Kull a playful glance. Some doughnutsplay up nostalgia — the Mexican Hot Chocolate doughnut, which features mini marshmallows reminiscent of the ones inside Swiss Miss mix, a Creamsicle doughnut, a Bananagrams doughnut— “Not only a fun game to play as a child but also a fun flavor combination,” Dufresne adds.“You know, they all remind me of conversations with different people, different moments, and they’ve evolved,” Dufresne continues. “Colin and I have worked to try to develop what we feel is a unique aesthetic, and we want people to look and go, ‘Ah, that’s a Du’s Donut.’ And I think all the great doughnut shops do that. You know when you’re looking at a Krispy Kreme. You know when you’re looking at a Doughnut Plant doughnut. And we want people to go, ‘Ah that’s, you know, that’s Du’s.’”Wylie Dufresne and Colin KullLexie Moreland/WWDMore Feast for the Eye Coverage From WWD.com:Bevy Opens in Park Hyatt HotelMario Batali Reinvents Manzo at EatalyChefs Club Counter Opens in SoHoSouthern Diner 33 Greenwich Opens With Fashion Blogger FlairClover Grocery Opens From Café Clover’s Kyle Hotchkiss CaronYou're missing something!

The Untitled Space Art Gallery Launches Latest Exhibit ‘She Inspires’

“I think it’s incredible how they have Women’s History Month narrowed down to one month of the year,” says Indira Cesarine, founder of The Untitled Space art gallery in TriBeCa, dedicated to women in art and the cross-section between contemporary art and feminism. “It’s like, wait a second, why isn’t that just all the time?”For her latest exhibit, “She Inspires,” Cesarine features 60 contemporary artists, male and female, with works across a variety of mediums that highlight inspirational women, including Michelle Obama, Frida Kahlo, Queen Latifah and more.“I feel like this is a show really about the individuals that have impacted our culture and our society,” said Cesarine. “It’s not just about ‘the 50 percent,’ the women, the females, the wives, the mothers, the stereotypical women. I wanted it to have a wide mix of not just political figures, but also cultural figures, philosophers, artists, scientists. Women across the board of many arenas.”A portion of the proceeds from the installation will benefit She Should Run, a nonpartisan organization whose mission is to encourage young women and girls to pursue public leadership.“Right now, we’re at this very crucial time where our history is being rewritten as we speak,” said Cesarine. “I think that it’s important, now more than ever, for there to be a strong emphasis on encouraging young women to get out there and have their opinions and voices heard. I felt that it was an important time to have an exhibit that can have a positive cultural impact.”The Untitled Space gallery, located at 45 Lispenard Street, is open Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and weekends noon to 5 p.m. The exhibit opens May 2 and is on view through May 20.More Coverage From WWD.com:Freida Pinto Takes a Stance in “Guerrilla”Jennifer Hudson is Nostalgic for the NinetiesSienna Miller on Motherhood, Being ‘Shy and Weird,’ and Taking on Tennessee WilliamsMichelle Branch: Back at LastYou're missing something!

London’s Design Museum Takes Flight With Cartier in Motion Show

LONDON —When Emperor Napoleon III asked Baron Haussmann to clean up the stinking, narrow streets of 19th century Paris and recast the French capital as a modern, airy and elegant city, little did he know he would usher in a gilded age of invention.Haussmann’s new Paris rapidly became an epicenter of elegance and fine geometry, of machines, mechanisms and structures that no one had seen before.Gustave Eiffel built his bridges and his famous tower, while Alberto Santos-Dumont made fantastical flying machines for racing and for zooming around Paris to all of his favorite restaurants.Around the same time, Louis Cartier moved his workshop to central Paris and, inspired by Haussmann’s strict geometric shapes, began designing his watches and clocks with angles and fine lines to reflect the new, spare and industrial aesthetic.Cartier and London’s Design Museum are marking that moment in history with an exhibition curated by the airplane-obsessed British architect Sir Norman Foster, which runs from May 25 to July 28.Alberto Santos-Dumont in his Parisian home dining with friends seated on high furniture so that they could experience what it was like to be elevated above the ground, circa 1900.Cartier Archives © Cartier“Cartier in Motion,” which is co-curated by the Design Museum’s director Deyan Sudjic, takes a look at the design revolution that happened in those years, and how Cartier’s watches and jewels were shaped and influenced by the inventors of the day.The star of the entertaining show is Santos who, with his passion for nutty flying machines and great heights, pushed Cartier to come up with the wristwatch at a time when everyone was wearing a pocket watch on a chain.The newfangled Cartier invention was an efficient device that allowed Santos to tell the time without having to lift his hand from the steering wheel of the airplane.Fittingly, the centerpiece of the show is one of Santos’ Demoiselle airplanes, a spindly, one-seater creation made from bamboo tubes. It sits in the middle of an upstairs room at the museum, surrounded by cases full of more than 170 objects and artifacts. There are Cartier watches and jewelry, a vintage workbench with tools, backlit black-and-white images of Cartier and his fellow innovators, and a timeline that aims to contextualize all that washappening during the golden years of Parisian invention.This particularly rare timepiece — the Santos-Dumont wristwatch — is one of the very first Santos created by Cartier in 1912.Vincent Wulveryck, Cartier Collection © CartierThere’s even a tableau featuring replicas of the “high furniture” from Santos’ Paris apartment. He liked his guests to experience what it was like to eat and drink 10 feet off the ground.Foster, who is best known for projects such as The Reichstag Building in Berlin, London’s Millennium Bridge, Wembley Stadium and the Great Court at the British Museum, said the Cartier project played to his obsessions.“I’m an aviation freak,” Foster said during a walk-through. “I’m fascinated by how things are made, and I think there’s a kind of inner beauty in the making.” Foster said he’s always been moved by the “time, love and craftsmanship that goes into something that will never be seen.”The show has been designed around “Paris and the new geometry of Haussmann. It’s also a departure from a normal exhibition because everything is movable and reusable. The show is totally independent of the space,” he said.Cartier in Motion, an exhibition on Cartier and design curated by architect Norman Foster, runs from May 25 to July 25 at the Design Museum in London.CourtesyHe was also interested in bringing the themes of urbanism, design, fashion, art and locomotives together in one show. “I’ve never been happy compartmentalizing different worlds,” he said.Pierre Rainero, director of image, style and heritage at Cartier, said the aim was also to explore the “how” and the “why” behind the objects and that the show was the result of much in-depth research.Highlights include the original Santos watch design from the early 20th century: Cartier’s design featuresstraight lines, right angles and rivets that resembled the ones on the Eiffel Tower.The show also demonstrates how Cartier has been able to accommodate changing times and tastes. There’s an updated version of the Santos from the Seventies. Waterproof with a metal bracelet, the watch can be worn day and night, to the office and during sports.Surely, those improvements would have wowed the daring Mr. Santos.You're missing something!

Ottavio Missoni Celebrated With Sculpture in Milan

A new work of art will be installed on Wednesday in Milan to celebrate the late fashion entrepreneur and designer Ottavio Missoni, who passed away in May 2013.Conceived by Daniele Poggiaro and Missoni’s son Luca, artistic director of the family company’s archive, the vertical “Rose of the Winds” sculptureis inspired by a knitted patchwork tapestry realized in 1986 by Ottavio, known as Tai, Missoni. Theworkwill be placed at the “Aulì Ulé. The garden of forgotten games”green area for children, covering215,278 square feet,at the Idroscalo, near the Linate airport.“When I talked withOttavio ‘Tai’ Missoni about Aulì Ulé he immediately showed hisenthusiastic support,” said Aulì Ulé founder Fulvio Scaparro of a conversation he had with the designer, who died in 2013. “It couldn’t be anydifferent because Tai had the spirit, the curiosity, the creativity and the enthusiasm of a child. He used to say he was a descendant of Misson, a libertarian pirate fromthe end of the 15th century and, like him, he loved the sea, travels, as well as adventure and freedom. The Rose of the Windscelebrates his unconditional love for the world and for life.”The “Rose of the Winds” sculpture.Courtesy PhotoMissoni’s creativity was celebrated last fall with the “Marc Chagall, Ottavio Missoni. Dream and Color,” exhibition, pairing the artwork ofChagall with the artistic creations of Missoni.Curated by Luca Missoni, that exhibit, heldby the Archaeological Museum at thecity hall of Sesto Calende, a town near the Missoni headquarters,featured Chagall’s drawings from his“Bible Series” and some lithographs for “The Story of Exodus.” These were shown next to Missoni’s patchwork tapestries, special fabrics and drawings.Tai Missoni was born in 1921 in Ragusa, Italy, on the Dalmatian coast. By 1942, he was already a track star, but he suffered in World War II, fighting at El Alamein and being held as a British prisoner of war in Egypt for four years.Running was a natural gift, and his nickname was “Son of Apollus.” Missoni made the Italian national team when he was 16, and at the time of his death still held the national 400-meter record for a 16-year-old. Wool and sports were a recurring theme in his life, while schooling was not a priority. With his wife Rosita, Missoni introduced a groundbreaking brand and built an enduring family business. The Missonis were often described as “color geniuses” and were the first to make coordinating separates in different patterns, a zigzag top with a polka dot skirt, for example.You're missing something!

This Popular Downtown Brunch Spot Is Releasing a Cookbook

During a bustling midmorning breakfast service at Jack’s Wife Freda in the West Village on a recent Tuesday, coowner Maya Jankelowitz had a birthday dessert sent over to a table of regulars. As the young man blew out his candle, the entire restaurant burst into a rendition of “Happy Birthday” as a server rang one of the bells mounted by the bar. It’s a level of hospitality and community that Jankelowitz has been cultivating with her husband, Dean, leading to the success of their two Jack’s Wife Freda restaurant locations in downtown Manhattan. “I think there’s this really beautiful six degrees of separation. You always know someone, or know someone who knows someone that’s always in the room,” explains Jankelowitz.Soon, the pair will have another cause to celebrate: the release of their first cookbook, “Jack’s Wife Freda: Cooking From New York’s West Village,” with recipes by chef Julia Jaksic. “It’s kind of like when you’re pregnant, but you have no idea what it’s going to be like when you have a kid,” Jankelowitz explains of the book’s genesis. “And then it came, and it was this beautiful new baby.” Or more specifically in this case, a colorful 256-page volume of sweet and savory recipes reflecting Israeli and South African cuisines of their family heritage.Like the restaurant, they consider the cookbook a familial labor of love. “That’s always kind of been the foundation of how we opened the place, so it’s always felt that way in the background, and the book’s the same thing applied,” she explains. “The girl who makes our menus is a cousin of my best friend, and my husband’s best friend is one of our investors; he’s a photographer. Everyone’s somehow related, somebody’s friend,” she continues. “So it was like a group of friends doing a little project together, and something beautiful.” It's time for brunch 🥑🥚🍳🍔🧀🥖🍟🌶🍆🍍🍓🍻☕️🍾📸:@taramilkteaA post shared by jackswifefreda (@jackswifefreda) on Mar 11, 2017 at 9:11am PSTThe husband-and-wife team was approached by Blue Rider, an imprint of Penguin Random House, about putting together a cookbook — the publishing house’s offices are located around the corner from the restaurant, and editors became fans of the trendy West Village eatery. The book is aimed toward the restaurant’s roster of regulars as well as distant admirers, and despite the photogenic quality of the dishes, Jankelowitzstresses that the recipes are approachable (read: can be made by amateur chefs). In addition to recipes and photos, the book features personal stories from Maya and Dean, as well as Jack’s Wife Freda friends and staff.Maya, born in upstate New York, moved to Israel when she was 8 years old and returned to New York as a young adult; Dean grew up in South Africa. The restaurants are named for Dean’s grandparents, Jack and Freda. “Each food has a bit of a backstory, and where it came from, that tells a little bit of our story,” Maya says. “Some of it is stuff we had on our honeymoon, or when I was young or when he was young, from our parents, our grandparents, so everything has more of a spiritual meaning. But everything is also a memory of what we love, and it’s yummy.”Jankelowitz highlighted the shakshuka recipe with particular fondness. “I moved to Israel when I was young, and I didn’t speak the language. I thought that shakshuka was the word for scrambled eggs, so I went home from school and asked my mom to make shakshuka,” she explains. “It’s one of the dishes every mom makes for her kids — it’s just tomato, sauce and eggs, really traditional Middle Eastern. But, I never asked for it! So she was making shakshuka when I really just wanted scrambled eggs, and I never really loved it, but it grew on me.”And as for the bells mounted in their restaurants? “A Jack’s Wife Freda birthday wouldn’t be a birthday without a bell ring,” writes Oliver Klein, a server at their West Village location, in an essay for the book. It’s a reminder that the food is only one part of the Jack’s Wife Freda experience — and even the most lively cookbook can’t fill the gap.See a Recipe From the Cookbook: Rose WafflesMaya JankelowitzGeorge Chinsee/WWDYou're missing something!

Inside the Whitby Hotel: Crosby Street’s Sophisticated Older Sister

The fans of the SoHo hot spot the Crosby Street Hotel finally have a place to flock on uptown turf: The British design group Firmdale Hotels — which operates the Covent Garden Hotel, the Charlotte Street Hotel, the Ham Yard Hotel, the Haymarket Hotel, and the Soho Hotel in London — has expanded with their second New York location. Now open, the Whitby Hotel is the uptown alternative to the Crosby, on 56th between Fifth and Sixth Avenues (yes, on the other side of Fifth from Trump Tower).Much like its downtown sister, the Whitby is equipped with a screening room that has already held its fair share of New York premieres, as well as a bar and restaurant. “Whitby was a fishing town on the northeast coast of England,” says Kit Kemp who, with her husband Tim is the founder of Firmdale and the designer behind the Whitby. “Although not a whaling town, it was known to be the place where Bram Stoker thought up the idea for ‘Dracula’ and started writing in Whitby: a place to invoke the imagination.”The Whitby BarSimon BrownThe English seaside was heavily influential in the design process. “We started collecting interesting artifacts when we decided on the name for The Whitby Hotel,” Kemp says. “The very first thing I bought was an antique rustic table that is reputed to have whalebone legs. The table is sitting taking pride of place in the Drawing Room.”Kemp’s passion for art and artifact collecting permeates the building, from the lobby to the rooms, which are contains unique art pieces. Upon entry guests will see a loom-like piece of colorful yarn strung up above the reception desk, along with a “madly wonderful” grandfather clock, a find from Basel, Switzerland, where a screen shows a 3-D gentleman manually changing time every minute. “I love the idea of collections — to look at many versions of the same object becomes fascinating to the eye and observer,” Kemp says. “Very soon after the start of the project we started collecting very large serving plates — the type that the father of the household used to carve joints on a Sunday lunch time. We collected about 80 and decided to mount them in identical Perspex boxes for effect,” in the style of the Picasso museum in the South of France.Room interiorSimon BrownThe hotel has several private rooms and event spaces, including the Anrep room, which is decorated in honor of the artist Boris Anrep. “His work is in the National Galleryin London and we had to get special permission from them and the Anrep family to reproduce the mosaics for this room.”The British influences are strong, but Kemp played around with the hotel’s home city when it came to the artwork, too. The Orangery room, for one, is decorated with porcelain pots etched with 47 landmark buildings and bridges of New York – “whoever can recognize them all gets a free night in the hotel.” Kit KempSimon BrownYou're missing something!