For nearly 30 years, Surface has been a leading authority in contemporary design, applying our discerning eye to the worlds of architecture, art, design, fashion, and travel, with a focus on how these fields shape and are shaped by contemporary culture.
We’ve particularly taken pride in introducing our readers to inimitable products. From furniture and homewares to fashion and textiles to objects of desire, products with an ethos of craftsmanship and originality have always earned the Surface endorsement. On that note, we’re thrilled to announce the launch of Design Dose, our new shoppable platform for covetable, special-edition, and must-have pieces of design.
So why now? Much like the world at large, the design industry has been turned upside down over the past year. Design fairs, often the premier stage to launch new products and collections, face an uncertain future. COVID-19 has ushered in a new normal, forcing us to fully embrace remote experiences and unfamiliar technologies. Interest in home design is surging as people rethink their living arrangements and adjust to the remote work paradigm shift. The e-commerce revolution has entered an exciting new phase, but with it comes the perils of fast-consumerism. Design Dose will take a more thoughtful approach, one that reflects our core values at Surface: provide intel to our audience, delight the senses, and above all else champion great design.
For the design community, this new initiative will provide a platform to showcase exceptional work and connect with a passionate audience who appreciates the nuances of quality and craftsmanship. For our loyal readers, this means you’ll have an entirely new portal to discover up-and-coming creative talent while gaining access to limited-release products from the brands you already love. Look out for offerings from avant-garde fashion designers, small-batch furniture makers, innovative textile studios, fantastical sculptor sensations, and more.
Beyond curation, Design Dose will offer an elevated experience not typical of traditional e-commerce. Expect incisive product write-ups, designer Q&As, and studio visits from our discerning editors; custom visual treatments and lively photography; and short-form videos that offer a behind-the-scenes look at how today’s leading designers bring their ideas to life.
To kick off the platform’s launch, Surface partnered with designer Joseph Algieri to create a one-of-a-kind exclusive design object entitled Sun Spots. Available for purchase now, the Brooklyn designer’s latest table lamp is clad in 350 bright yellow earplugs, and synthesizes his experimental ideas into a radiant piece that delivers a fresh dose of whimsy. Shop now.
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