It's the Little Things
by Sue Apfelbaum, 02/06/2013
Photo: Kate Glicksberg
15 W. 56th St., 212-974-5656, Midtown West, Manhattan
From exposed elevator shafts to room numbers located at toe level, your powers of observation will be rewarded at every turn at the Rockwell Group–designed Chambers Hotel. Enter through latticed walnut-wood doors into the soaring bilevel lobby, where two anthracite coal tables by Jim Zivic sit before a glass fireplace. Meander to the mezzanine and see Kiki Seror's light-box piece inspired by online chat rooms (pictured) and Mie Yim's five-panel Pastel on Board, a piece so intriguing it was lifted by an art thief who also had a penchant for Picassos (but was later recovered). Flip through a curated selection of books ranging from the history of Dior to a classic Blanche Fisher Wright–illustrated edition of Mother Goose. Hospitality is as much of an art form as the intriguing collection housed throughout the intimate 77-room property. Don't be surprised when the friendly staff remembers your name or hands you a blue-glass bottle of water without prompting.