Inside One of Europe’s Most Experimental Design Collectives

The spirit of Middle Age guilds has informed the budding Zaventem Ateliers in Brussels. Can it be a

City Guide
The Essential Design Guide to Marrakech

Long a muse for prominent artists and designers, the Red City is gaining steam as a cultural force.

Rising: Denver’s Arts District Has a Newfound Energy

Call it the RiNo, downtown, or whatever you wish, the River North Arts District promises pleasures

Mumbai’s Doyenne of Restaurant Design

From Bollywood nostalgia to art deco motifs, Shweta Kaushik brings flair to the city’s...

A Jersey Shore Hotel That Feels Like Santorini

If a five-star hotel on the Jersey Shore doesn’t seem real, it’s because designer Anda Andrei...

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A Historic Catskills Farmhouse Gets a Contemporary Makeover

Preserving the feel of its past life as a Borscht Belt–era country inn, the newcomer shows off...

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This L.A. Restaurant is the Pinnacle of Atmospheric Design

Custom ceramic plateware designed for specific dishes on chef Eric Bost's menu is just one example...

The Hotel-As-Social-Hub Concept Comes to Rome

With activated communal spaces and contemporary aesthetics, Chapter Roma hopes to become a local...

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Designer Joseph Dirand Imbues a Greenhouse Vibe into a New Vegetable-Driven Restaurant in Manhattan

Inside a new condo tower by architect Norman Foster in Midtown East, Michelin-grade chef Alain...

A Celebration of South African Design at Cape Town’s New Stay

Gorgeous George merges 18th-century grandeur with an industrial–style interior and local artworks

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Michael Schwartz Moves into a Paola Navone-Designed Space in Miami

Floridian flavors with Southeast Asian influences take center stage at Traymore, inside the Art...

Why Monograms Withstand Fashion’s Shifting Trends

Burberry, Gucci, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Valentino—stylized logos seem to maintain their cachet...

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Belgian Heritage Handbag Label Delvaux Pays Tribute to Ancient Rome at Its New Flagship

The oldest fine leather goods house in the world recreates a period Roman familia mansion to...

A New Los Angeles Creative Space Pays Homage to the Beauty of Print

Owl Bureau is a multifaceted concept offering up exhibitions, an artist-in-residence program, and a

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An Indian Beauty Brand Unveils an Art Deco–Inspired Home in the Country’s Ancient Blue City

Forest Essentials is the first retail project to open as part of an intensive restoration of the...

The Legacy Issue
Detroit: City of the Past, City of Tomorrow

Detroit has a storied design history full of monumental midcentury figures. Now, a new class of...

Checking In
Martha Stewart’s Former Hamptons Bungalow is The Hamptons’ New Stylish Stay

Co-owner and designer Lucy Swift Weber transforms a Bridgehampton estate into a quintessential...

The TWA Hotel Debuts Inside Eero Saarinen’s Historic Terminal at JFK

The Finnish-American architect's Jet-Age icon takes flight again.

The Legacy Issue
Maya Lin’s Soft Power

From making monuments to moving mountains, the artist and architect's whisper speaks volumes.

Opening Shot: An Eleven Madison Park Alum Brings Buzz to Lower Manhattan

A Del Posto vet and Michelin–grade pastry chef by his side, James Kent comes correct with his...

Iddris Sandu is Going to Change the World

The 21-year-old has coded for tech's biggest names, collaborated with hip-hop stars, and received...

Checking In
The Spirit of Portugal’s Ancient Spice and Material Trade Imbues a New Stay

From silk to paprika, Torel 1884 finds inspiration from distant cultures.

Checking In
In Paris, the Former Hennessy Family Residence Is Recast as a Gilded Hotel

French architect and designer Jean-Philippe Nuel fits a heritage building with contemporary touches

Bright Orange Blocks, Translucent Trees, and Rainbow Arches Pop Up in California’s Desert

The second edition of Desert X turns the Coachella Valley into a vast sculpture park, with works...

Checking In
First Look: At Moxy Hotels’s Third New York Outpost, a More Grown-Up Feel

Yes, there are bunkbed rooms but the newest iteration forgoes the cheeky amusement park overtones...

Checking In
A Beijing Hotel Inspired by the City’s Hutongs

Crowning the Ole Scheeren–designed Guardian Arts Centre, PuXuan Hotel and Spa adds culinary and...

High Design
Hotels Are Getting into the Cannabis Game

From in-house dispensaries and THC dinner parties to CBD cocktails and spa treatments, cannabis may

Art Basel Diaries

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

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

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

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...

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

A New York Hotel With Hushed Townhouse Vibes

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

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...

Opening Shot: Nanushka’s Debut Flagship in Budapest

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

Our Copy Editor Makes Really Amazing Mini Furniture

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

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...

First Look: Maserati Levante 2.0

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

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

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

Getting to Know Nobu

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

Can Chef Nobu Matsuhisa Stay Smiling?

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

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 of the Week: A Design Hotel Lands in Charleston

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

Can a Lifestyle Brand Succeed at Elite Universities?

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

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...

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...

Eleven Madison Park’s Greatest Hits Menu

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

A Manhattan Restaurant Fit For a House Party

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

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

Scotland Remake: The Century Bar

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

Joe Ginsberg on his Process and the Marmara Park Hotel

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

A Catskills Getaway with a Brooklyn Feel

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

21c Hotels Brings Contemporary Art to the Heartland

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

Trump’s Victory Hangs Over Summit at Sea

The election was inescapable at the floating conference.

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...

Cocktail Code: Silicon Valley Giants on the Rocks

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

The Watergate Hotel Reopens in Washington, D.C.

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

Sonos Opens an Audiophile Paradise in SoHo

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

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...

Maderas Collective’s Mighty Wind

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

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.

A Bistro Makeover in East London

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

Sketches of Spain

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

Western Expansion

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

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

Urban Cowboy founder Lyon Porter opens a new Nashville stay.

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.

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

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

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

Southwestern Design Meets Art Deco at This B&B

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

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...

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

Grupo Habita’s Insanely Cool New Hotel in Guadalajara

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

Book: Vladimir Kagan

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 Hotel Stunner: Puglia’s La Fiermontina

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