Stories

Wordplay
A.I. Is About to Erase the World As We Know It

Surface Media’s CEO on the frictionless future.

PLEASE STOP
Please Stop: Carrying Canvas Tote Bags

Our regular look at a design trend that needs to end.

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The Death of Retail As We Know It Is Upon Us

Surface Media’s CEO on why brick-and-mortar shops need to dramatically rethink their ways—or...

ESSENTIALS
The Surface Essentials: Gold Slippers, the Ultimate Sofa-Bed, and More

Our must-haves for the week: gold slippers, the ultimate sofa-bed, and more.

Wordplay
Transparency and Faking It

Surface Media’s CEO offers his take on a current buzzword, idea, or trend.

Please Stop
Please Stop: Making Limited Editions

Our regular look at a design trend that needs to end.

Critic
No Need to Put a Ring On It

For novelist Elliott Holt being alone is more valuable than any diamond.

Essay
The Pastis Future

One writer considers the New York of Keith McNally as the restaurateur moves to resuscitate a...

Wordplay
Fast Fashion

Surface Media’s CEO offers his take on a current buzzword, idea, or trend.

Poem
Eks and the City

The star of Bravo reality show Million Dollar Listing New York gets poetic about his adopted

Critic
Please, Please Chill Out With the Biennials

Writer Dan Duray takes aim at the staggering number of international art shows.

critic
Ludlow House

Writer Stan Parish discovers the appeal of a new cool kids club on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

Essay
Buried in Velvet

One writer sees the tony fabric’s recent renaissance as a sign of the fraught times we live in.

Wordplay
The Robots Are Coming!

Surface Media's CEO offers his take on a current buzzword, idea, or trend.

Please Stop
Please Stop: Opening Pop-Up Shops

Our regular look at a design trend that needs to end.