An Esoteric Publisher Pops Up at MoMA’s Flagship Museum Store

With a catalogue full of titles blurring the line between art and literature, Siglio is subverting...

Designer of the Day
Designer of the Day: CK Reed

The L.A.–based artist and designer brings mixed-media canvas works and painted furniture to life...

Project Spotlight
Studio PCH and Nobu: Kindred Spirits

The design firm and culinary empire share both their California heritage and a holistic ethos...

George Byrne’s L.A. is Beautifully Eerie

The Australian artist's forthcoming monograph documents the past five years of his life in L.A....

Announcing Design Dose, Your New Portal for Exclusive Product Drops and Discoveries

Surrealist Dreamscapes Fill This Digital Designer’s Instagram Feed

Barcelona–based Simon Kaempfer renders transcendental scenes that transport viewers to an...

A Men’s Grooming Brand with a Fashion Ethos

Homme fuses its founder's fashion background with natural ingredients that reflect its Swedish...

A Movie Theater Seat for the COVID-19 Era

Designer Benjamin Hubert's Sequel Seat features UV light sterilization technology, antibacterial...

Opening Shot
Hotel June’s Carefree Terrazzo Energy Reinvigorates a Modernist Building in L.A.

The offshoot of the popular Proper Hotels brand debuts on the Westside with a relaxed atmosphere...

Opening Shot
A Renowned Photographer’s Childhood Home is Now Mexico’s City’s Most Distinctive New Stay

Situated in the late Manuel Álvarez Bravo's grand house, Circulo Mexicano's Shaker-inspired...

Need to Know
Assembledge+ Embodies Laid-Back California Cool

"I’d like to think that California Modernism is appealing because it is more about a lifestyle...

 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum Opens in Colorado

With a facade designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro to personify a discus thrower's motion, a...

Need to Know
Virserius Studio’s Joyful Design Ethos

Reflecting their passion for art, the firm's sister co-founders imbue their hospitality projects...

YOOX’s New Fashion and Design Edit Captures the Essence of the Italian Summer

The Ciao Italia! initiative showcases a selection of artisanal brands that evoke the country’s...

Surface Summer School
Announcing the Winners of the Surface Summer School Design Challenge

Surface’s partnership with the Stuart Weitzman School of Design at Penn culminates with the...

Need to Know
Kitchen, but Make it Opera

Fueled by the design studio Arteim’s performance art ethos, drama pervades the bespoke...

Currently Coveting
A Hospitality Brand for the Post-Pandemic Future

With digital services like contactless check-in and virtual concierge, and a collection of stylish...

Project Spotlight
This Hillside Home Is Quintessential California Modernism

The matchbox concept of rotated rectangle structures finds harmony with its location in the...

Surface Summer School
Dror Benshetrit’s Passion-Based Design Philosophy

Speaking about his own desire to bring ecological harmony to architecture and design, Benshetrit...

Surface Summer School
Marc Miller to Students: Consider the Long Tail Impact of Your Projects

"Architecture becomes something that is part of the future," he said, challenging students to think

Surface Summer School
Marion Weiss: This Is the Perfect Moment to be a Designer

The architect and co-founder of Weiss/Manfredi pronounces to the students of Surface Summer School...

Surface Summer School
For Joe Doucet, Optimism and Empathy Are the Keys to Good Design

"If you don't start with the belief you can change things, then you’ll never change anything,"...

Surface Summer School
An Ecuadorian Doctor and Architect Duo Recount the Coronavirus Peak in Guayaquil

The UPenn students at Surface Summer School glean the lessons of COVID-19 in Ecuador as they...

Surface Summer School
Michael Rock on the Role of Social Imaginary in Shaping Belief

The founding Partner and executive creative director of 2×4 shows students at Surface Summer...

Surface Summer School
Thom Mayne’s Design Philosophy: Break the Rules

The Pritzker Prize–winning architect and founder of the firm Morphosis encouraged UPenn students...

Surface Summer School
V. Mitch McEwen: COVID-19 and White Supremacy are Dual Pandemics

The Assistant Professor at Princeton University and co-founder of design collaborative Atelier...

Surface Summer School
Ferda Kolatan Champions Iconoclastic Design

The founding director of SU11 Architecture+Design finds virtue in unlikely affinities.

Surface Summer School
Yves Behar on the Power of Design’s Reactivity

The designer and founder of the San Francisco–based Fuseproject kicks off the Surface Summer...

Surface Summer School
Announcing the Speakers for the Surface Summer School Lecture Series

Yves Behar, Thom Mayne, Susan Sellers, and Dror Benshetrit are among the names speaking during our...

Surface Summer School
Architect Winka Dubbeldam Previews the Upcoming Surface Summer School

The Miller Professor and Chair of Architecture at Penn discusses the program for Surface's...

Currently Coveting
Beni Rugs’ New Garden Collection Pays Homage to Yves Saint Laurent’s Marrakech Retreat

The vibrant hues and Moorish motifs of Le Jardin Majorelle imbue the Morrocan brand's latest...

In Oaxaca, a Hotel With No Name

An artist-and-architect team turned to Mexican craftsmen when kitting out Hotel Sin Nombre, an...

The Best Places to Escape New York City This Winter

An upscale resort on the Jersey Shore, a cluster of secluded Catskills retreats, a wabi-sabi...

Opening Shot
John Pawson Lends His Clean, Natural Touch to the West Hollywood Edition

Ian Schrager makes his triumphant return to Sunset Boulevard, this time alongside the British...

A Global Hotel Brand with a Local Spirit

Through dynamic contextual design and neighborhood-centric influences, each Renaissance Hotel tells

The Immaculate Pan Paintings of B Wurtz

The New York artist gives the humble aluminum staple of corner delis the luster of stained glass...

Can an Unorthodox Berlin Gallerist Succeed in Tokyo?

Johann König debuts his first outpost in Asia with a Juergen Teller exhibition.

The Enduring Charm of Chile’s Midcentury Design Classic, Hotel Antumalal

For more than 70 years the Chilean lakeside hotel has lured guests to the Andean foothills by...

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A Brooklyn Bathhouse Takes Root Inside an Erstwhile 1930’s Soda Factory

On the menu at Bathhouse: soaking pools, a tropical sauna, a sensory deprivation tank, and an...

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An Ethereal Gallery Marries English and Korean Influences in Bath

Cereal magazine founder Rosa Park showcases Korean ceramics and European artwork at Francis...

Devon Turnbull’s Handcrafted Speakers are the Most Premium Audio Experience Around

Commanding and retro, low-tech and sculptural, the speakers have amassed a fanbase that includes...

Jorge Pardo’s Travel Picks for Merida, Mexico

The prolific artist and weekend fisherman enjoys the low-key pleasures of his adopted Mexican...

Nicolas Party’s Audacious Sense of Color

With his radically modern pastel works and flair for the uncanny, the Swiss artist has grabbed the...

Opening Shot
The Refashioned Motel Trend Pops Up in L.A.’s Silver Lake

At Palisociety's Silver Lake Pool and Inn, Mexican modernist design touches are buoyed by...

This Barcelona Boutique Channels an Art Deco Film Set

Even in the era of the multifaceted concept shop, the cinematic Darial stuns.

A Manhattan Trattoria Transports Patrons to Tuscany

Warm interiors with soft natural light, a menu of authentic Italian staples, and a colossal...

Stockholm’s Alma is the Anti-WeWork

Fredrik Carlström, founder of the co-working space and members' club aimed at creative industries,

Surface Travel Awards
The Standout Cultural Institution Debuts of 2019

A museum inspired by a desert rose in Doha, a Canadian library festooned with curvaceous red cedar,

Opening Shot: A Historic London Hotel’s Restaurant Gets a Modern Revamp

Architect Pierre Yovanovitch and Hélène Darroze team up to recast the chef's two-Michelin-starred

California Has the Most Exciting Hotel Scene in America

From Napa Valley to Los Angeles, a newfound dynamism has entered the Golden State’s hospitality...

The Spirit of Jose Ignacio Pervades a Montauk Getaway

Two talented chefs bring the Uruguayan beach town's laid-back rhythms and fire-cooked culinary...

How Rimowa Got its Groove: A Retrospective Debuts at Sotheby’s

The heritage luggage brand's first-ever retrospective is a window into its visual evolution, and...

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...

Opening Shot
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...

Opening Shot
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

Opening Shot
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

The founder of K11 Art Foundation wants to introduce emerging Chinese artists to the world.

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.