Stories

TASTE
Venus Williams Pays Very Close Attention to Hotel Design

The superstar tennis player and interior-design mind shares her pursuit of the “wow” effect.

DIALOGUE
Naughty by Nature: Valerie Steele and Erdem Moralıoğlu on Vulgarity

The FIT Museum director and fashion designer discuss Jeremy Scott, Jean-Paul Gaultier, reality TV,...

Opinion
Please Stop: Trying to Save Times Square with Valentine’s Day Art

No amount of art or high design can redeem the cheesy holiday or neighborhood.

WORDPLAY
Why Designing Instagram Moments Equals Failure

Surface Media’s CEO pleads with architects and developers to focus on building lasting...

Wordplay
Why Many Artists Need Galleries Now More Than Ever

Surface Media’s CEO on the vital role of representation—even in the age of Instagram.

Opinion
The Architecture of 2017 in 7 Buildings

From the overexposed to the overlooked, these buildings—and one curious structural...

OPINION
The Best of 2017

A look back at the year’s most-read stories, top new furniture and objects, most exciting fashion

OPINION
Surface’s Most Popular Stories of 2017

The 10 articles that captured your attention this year, from our exclusive first look at Kanye...

PLEASE STOP
Please Stop: Menu Minimalism

Chefs, enough with your Brooklyn blackboard haiku. Just describe how your dishes are prepared.

Taste
Why the Guggenheim Museum Is a Precarious Music Venue

The multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Andrew Bird on his deep connection to architecture...

Opinion
Silicon Valley Disrupted Hollywood … by Bringing Back Hollywood

Netflix and its cadre of digital disruptors have reshaped Tinseltown, but the shiny new system may...

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...