Hotels
Best Designed Hotels of 2018

From the revitalization of historic structures to the arrival of fresh ideas to familiar places,...

Partnership
Art Basel Diaries

This year during Art Basel Miami Beach, Surface partnered with Lyft to document the experiences of...

Partnership
Surface x Leica Photo Studio at Summit L.A. 2018

We teamed up with photographer Mark Mann to document the thinkers, artists, activists, and...

Art
Jenny Holzer Teams Up with March For Our Lives to Get Out the Vote

The artist's mobile installation traversed L.A. displaying a rotating montage of political...

Hotel
Opening Shot: Hollywood’s New Bed and Beverage

A former seedy bikini bar is reimagined as an 11-room stay and recording studio, inspired by New...

Restaurant
Opening Shot: A Seasonal Restaurant Brings Tulum to New York

With a tropical atmosphere and wood-fired Mexican cuisine, fashionable Gitano NYC channels the boho

HOTEL
Nearly 70 Years Later, Le Sirenuse is Still the Most Desirable Hotel in Positano

Owner Antonio Sersale treats his family's famed Italian resort like a living organism, layering in...

HOTEL
Opening Shot: SLS LUX Brickell Debuts With a Museum-Worthy Art Collection

Designed by Yabu Pushelberg, it’s also the brand’s first property without Philippe Starck’s...

Hotel
Opening Shot: In Athens, a Fashionable Stay Takes Root Inside a Revived Neo-Modernist Shell

K-Studio, the Greek design house that brought Scorpios Beach Club to Mykonos, brings contemporary...

RESTAURANT
Opening Shot: A Moscow Seafood Shop With a Clandestine Wine Bar

In Rybtorg, Russian-born, British-educated designer Yuna Megre elevates the everyday fish market.

HOTEL
Opening Shot: Architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte Breathes New Life into One of Paris’s Grand Palace Hotels

Built by the Boucicaut family, founders of Le Bon Marche, the century-old Hotel Lutetia...

RESTAURANT
The Second Iteration of EMP Summer House Is Even Better Than the First

In partnership with American Express, chef Daniel Humm and Eleven Madison Park have returned for...

HOTEL
Opening Shot: John Pawson Gives a 19th-century French Hospital a Stunning Makeover in Tel Aviv

The British designer teamed up with a local architect for The Jaffa hotel, bringing his minimalist...

HOTEL
Opening Shot: One of Zaha Hadid’s Final Designs Has a Westworld-Like Exoskeleton

Inside Macau’s ambitious City of Dreams entertainment complex, the Morpheus Hotel’s stunning...

HOTEL
Opening Shot: In Tbilisi, Art Deco Vibes Permeate a Soviet-Era Publishing House

The team behind the artisan-led Rooms Hotels in Georgia repurpose a Brutalist structure for their...

RESTAURANT
Opening Shot: Next-Wave Indian Cuisine at a New York Gastrobar

After introducing San Francisco to a contemporary vision of high-end Indian gastronomy at the...

HOTEL
Opening Shot: Dramatic Lines and Invigorating Color in Germany’s Largest Port Town

Milan-based Matteo Thun teamed up with set designer Robert Wilson for an eye-popping revamp of The...

HOTEL
Opening Shot: LINE Hotels Plants a Flag in Austin

Designer Sean Knibb and architect Michael Hsu used the city's creative energy as inspiration for...

HOTEL
Opening Shot: Soho House Takes Over the BBC Headquarters

White City House pays homage to the Television Centre’s heritage with a midcentury design and...

HOTEL
A New York Hotel With Hushed Townhouse Vibes

The NoMad newcomer brings some chill to a frantic neighborhood along with the widely praised...

RESTAURANT
Opening Shot: Legacy Records Is New York’s Most Exciting New Restaurant

The team behind local favorite Charlie Bird unveils a stylish, multiconcept venue designed by Ken...

STORE
Opening Shot: Nanushka’s Debut Flagship in Budapest

Fresh off its first showing at New York Fashion Week, the contemporary womenswear label debuts a...

DESIGN
Our Copy Editor Makes Really Amazing Mini Furniture

She crafts midcentury pieces from household trash, and even fills tiny cocktails with real booze.

Partnership
How a Historic Italian Winemaking House Looks to the Future

Alessia Antinori uses contemporary art to bridge the gap between her family’s 633-year winemaking

How Contemporary Art Transformed the World’s Best Chef

Bold gestures, the principles of minimalism, and a Picasso painting powered Daniel Humm to the...

Transport
First Look: Maserati Levante 2.0

Chief exterior designer Giovanni Ribotta dishes on the 2018 release of the Italian brand’s...

Partnership
Surface x Leica Photo Studio at Summit L.A. 2017

We teamed up with photographer Mark Leibowitz to document the thinkers, artists, activists, and...

Travel
Getting to Know Nobu

Nobu Matsuhisa is one of the most famous chefs in the world, but only his friends get to see the...

Travel
Can Chef Nobu Matsuhisa Stay Smiling?

He pioneered a new cuisine, earned a legion of celebrity disciples, and became the culinary...

Hotel
21c Brings Its Museum Hotel Concept to Nashville

The Music City outpost opens with a hit restaurant and suites designed by artists, including actor...

Hotel
Hotel of the Week: A Design Hotel Lands in Charleston

The Dewberry melds its midcentury roots with a low-country disposition.

Hotel
Can a Lifestyle Brand Succeed at Elite Universities?

After a successful debut in New Haven, Study Hotels heads to West Philadelphia.

Endorsement
Studio Mai Coaxes the Tinder Generation to Look Up From Their Phones

The L.A. firm behind hit restaurants and the new Made Hotel in New York forces interaction through...

Surface Travel Awards
Dana Cowin’s Favorite Restaurants For Design

For the culinary personality and Surface Travel Awards juror, ambiance is as important as...

Partnership
The DNA of a Boutique Hotel Fills a Manhattan Coworking Space

NoMad newcomer Blender Workspace’s custom design and well-edited programming set it apart...

Exclusive
Eleven Madison Park’s Greatest Hits Menu

The newly anointed world’s best restaurant gave Surface an exclusive look at the...

Restaurant
A Manhattan Restaurant Fit For a House Party

Chinatown’s Flower Shop is a roadside diner meets ’70s basement hangout.

Design
Surface x Summit at Sea

A look at the characters of Summit Series, aboard the final voyage of its floating conference.

Studio Visit
Stephanie Goto’s Food for Thought

Inside her Manhattan space, the architect and designer dishes on her love of food, dream passengers

Bar
Scotland Remake: The Century Bar

The Gleneagles Hotel’s hallowed drinking den gets primed for a new generation of travelers.

Design
Joe Ginsberg on his Process and the Marmara Park Hotel

The Manhattan-based interior designer talks about his many sources of inspiration.

Hotel
A Catskills Getaway with a Brooklyn Feel

A former motor inn near Hunter Mountain is now the Catskills’ most stylish stay.

Travel
21c Hotels Brings Contemporary Art to the Heartland

Ten years after its conception, the irreverent hotel group has become an important ambassador for...

Travel
Trump’s Victory Hangs Over Summit at Sea

The election was inescapable at the floating conference.

Gallery
Simon Chaput Reveals His Photographs of India’s Ancient Sundials

The French artist and photographer tells us how he discovered the Jantar Mantar, a series of...

Travel
Cocktail Code: Silicon Valley Giants on the Rocks

These 12 drink recipes reimagine iconic technology companies as lavish speakeasy cocktails.

Travel
The Watergate Hotel Reopens in Washington, D.C.

The scandalous American landmark gets a stylish overhaul from London-based Ron Arad Architects.

Travel
Sonos Opens an Audiophile Paradise in SoHo

A collection of eclectic listening rooms shows off the sleek sound systems and encourages customers

Travel
Insider: Kinjil Mathur’s Guide to Dallas

At Foursquare, the e-commerce whiz doesn't miss a beat on cities' cultures, and her hometown is no...

design
Maderas Collective’s Mighty Wind

Can an American-led furniture company be a force for change in Nicaragua?

Art
Simon Birch Goes All In With &lquou;The 14th Factory &lquou;

The artist's ambitious anti-capitalist exhibition sets up shop in capitalism's epicenter.

travel
A Bistro Makeover in East London

A popular Hackney bistro tosses off it's Egyptian kitsch and focuses on serving great seafood in a...

Travel
Sketches of Spain

A craftily conceived hotel arrival in Barcelona sits at the center of an artisan renaissance.

Architecture
Western Expansion

Singapore-based architect Soo K. Chan brings his signature tropical aesthetic stateside.

Travel
A Brooklynite Takes His Urban Bed and Breakfast Concept to Music City

Urban Cowboy founder Lyon Porter opens a new Nashville stay.

Travel
Ranjana Khan’s guide to Mumbai

This Mumbai-born jewelry designer has a new passion: giving street art an Indian touch.

Adrian Cheng is spearheading a new wave for the Chinese contemporary art scene

Adrian Cheng, Founder and Honorary Chairman of K11 Art Foundation.

design
Quirk Hotel is Bringing Attention Back to Richmond’s Arts District

Richmond’s arts district was an eyesore of crumbling infrastructure and panhandling vagabonds...

design
1 Hotel’s Second Outpost in New York Fuses Scene and Sustainability Without Being Preachy

For the second outpost of 1 Hotels, the flourishing dynasty of stylish, sustainable properties that

Travel
Southwestern Design Meets Art Deco at This B&B

A Brooklynite takes his urban bed and breakfast concept to Nashville.

Art
Inside Charles Atlas’s World of Drag Queens, Dance, and Porn

The New York–based visual artist opens his work space to discuss ’80s nightlife, a new...

Design
An Infamous 30-year old private club in London gets a tasteful facelift

Architecture
Grupo Habita’s Insanely Cool New Hotel in Guadalajara

There isn’t another hotel group right now with more cojones than Grupo Habita.

design
Book: Vladimir Kagan

design
A Converted 17th-Century Palace is Provence’s Most Stylish New Stay

The new Hotel de Tourrel combines a French region’s rich history with a contemporary touch.

design
Design Hotel Stunner: Puglia’s La Fiermontina

A French collector honors his Italian roots at a discreet art-focused hotel in Puglia.