Stories

DESIGN
Does Meaningful Design Have a Place in the Age of Shitposting?

The internet's culture of nihilistic memes and viral absurdity have become a way to speak not...

Taste
Alexandre de Betak Has Mastered the Art of Pesto

The renowned fashion-show designer keeps his many obsessions on heavy rotation—the pasta sauce...

Wordplay
Airline Bookings Will Soon Be Like Airbnb and Uber

Surface Media’s CEO on the future of air travel.

design
What Does Good Music Smell Like?

New York design studio Yummy Colours imagines 8 albums as fragrances—and predicts the...

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.

Wordplay
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.