Dutch artist Nienke Sybrandy designed the electronic privacy shades in the guestrooms of The James New York. Her work arises from observations of daily life: small events at home, street images, actions and traditions. She has exhibited widely across The Netherlands and Europe. Her favorite materials are objects that are often overlooked: A nail is a sign of hope and desire and a photocopied bunch of flowers is as transitory as a seventeenth-century painting. By working with common utensils she unites the small with the great and thus creates a connection between today and the past. Each object is a bearer of stories and symbols.