Bento Boxes & John Cage

Sister City brings unpretentious hospitality to New York's Lower East Side

The new Sister City hotel sits snug in New York's iconic Freeman Alley. (Adrian Gaut)

“Distilled” is the operative word when describing the new Sister City hotel. The latest offering from the Ace Hotel empire, this new lodging takes on a sober and functional yet comfortable aesthetic that harkens back to simpler times; a welcomed respite from the hustle and bustle of the gritty Lower East Side neighborhood that surrounds it.

Though the design of this new boutique hotel draws inspiration from as varied a source as Finnish saunas, Japanese bento boxes, prehistoric rock-cut cliff dwellings, and deconstructivist musician John Cage’s seminal and silent 4’33” composition, Sister City’s use of lattice-wood wall structures, planes, and build-it furniture pulls it all together. Sharp terrazzo, geometric tile, indoor plants, and white-wall accents make for a striking mise-en-scene.

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