Spencer Bailey is co-founder of The Slowdown and co-host of the Time Sensitive and At a Distance podcasts. He is also editor-at-large of the book publisher Phaidon and a contributing editor at Town & Country. From 2013 to 2018, he was the editor-in-chief of Surface magazine.


A writer, editor, and journalist, he has written at length about architecture, art, culture, design, and technology for publications such as The New York Times MagazineBloomberg BusinessweekFortune, and Newsweek. He is the author of the books In Memory Of: Designing Contemporary Memorials (Phaidon, 2020) and Tham ma da: The Adventurous Interiors of Paola Navone (Pointed Leaf Press, 2016), and co-author, with Andrew Zuckerman, of At a Distance: 100 Visionaries at Home in a Pandemic (Apartamento, 2021).

At Surface, Bailey oversaw all editorial content, guided the company through a major brand overhaul, and helped launch the Design Dialogues live conversation series, of which he was a frequent moderator. During three years of reporting for The New York Times Magazine, from 2011 to 2014, he interviewed authors, celebrities, politicians, and cultural figures for a “How to...” column. 

Bailey is a trustee of the Noguchi Museum in Queens, New York. He also serves on the New York honorary committee of the L’Ecole jewelry-making school, which is supported by Van Cleef & Arpels. He has been on the juries of the Hyères Design Parade festival, the CFDA Fashion Awards, the James Beard Restaurant Design Awards, the Rado Star Prize, and the Swarovski Designers of the Future Award. He has taught a workshop in the Design Research master’s program at the School of Visual Arts.

Born and raised in Colorado, Bailey is a graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and Dickinson College. He lives in New York City.



Portrait: Ogata