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Designers and Architects To Follow On Instagram

School yourself on design and architecture with a single tap on your smartphone

Photography: @kwittyb and @citystylist on Instagram (Main Photos)

Years ago, one had to get themselves the latest copy of Architectural Digest, Wallpaper or Dwell to get updated on the latest and greatest in the world of architecture. These days, both local and international greats are accessible with a simple follow on social media. Get ahead of the design game and keep yourself current by checking out these movers and shakers:

1. Heim Interiors


The brainchild of design duo Bong Rojales and interior designer Rossy Yabut-Rojales, Heim Interiors puts a happy spin on form and function. The couple behind successful retail brand Heima takes its signature Scandi aesthetic to a variety of spaces, from celebrity homes to modern co-working offices. This account has inspo written all over it.

2. Morfosis


Spreading out their design knowhow from architecture to branding, creative direction to styling, this QC-based collective features behind the scenes and real time updates on a multitude of projects. Morfosis’ feed doesn’t just feature a bunch of pretty pictures—their mix of team photos, event outtakes and brilliantly styled tableaus shows unbridled authenticity.

3. Buensalido Architects

If you’re looking for 3D inspiration, this is the local feed to follow. With “Filipinnovate” as their mantra, the firm constantly updates its audience on its process, with visionary renderings of future projects and post-construction previews of residential, institutional and service-oriented spaces. B+A’s IG account is proof that we don’t have to look too far to find advancements in architecture.

4. Kitty Bunag


The stylist and photographer behind popular lifestyle brand @CraftsmithLiving, Kitty’s Instagram account offers a rich collection of travel photos; impeccably styled tabletop tableaus; plants, plants and more plants; and portraits worth pinning as pegs. Decked in that perfect VSCO filtered gray that many IG feeds have become known for, this is curation perfection.

5. Iriss Mangio


This young interior designer merges the millennial-heavy world of fashion bloggers with the visual, textural world of three-dimensional design. These days, every brand is after selling an entire lifestyle, and this is what Mangio does best. By infusing her feed with well-appointed design projects as well as outfit shots and signature blogger poses, she naturally captures a market that most big firms are still trying to figure out.

6. Cheska Nolasco


Fashion-savvy entrepreneur and interior designer Cheska Nolasco collates all her design work into an interiors-specific account that is a blend of Pantone inspo boards, Pinterest-worthy collages, and projects ranging from retail to residential. Cheska’s work feed gives everyone a sneak peek at her delicate hand when it comes to design—every piece is well-placed and well-proportioned, and every color story gives you a clue about who and what each space is for.


7. Micaela Benedicto


Micaela Benedicto has all the arts covered—and it shows on her Instagram account. The musician / artist / architect does self-expression right no matter what medium she embarks on. Her knack for stripping structures down to their simplest, most basic forms shows a level of sophistication that’s truly world class. Her feed shows snippets from musical performances, art shows, and a behind the scenes look at her structural work from sketchbook to completely constructed space.

8. Kelly Wearstler


A style icon in the world of fashion and design, this Los Angeles-based mom and designer shows us how maximalism still holds relevance today. A stickler for mixing patterns, textures and colors, Kelly Wearstler’s keen eye can school anyone on how to temper over the top design with easy, effortless elegance. This design diva doesn’t shy away from glamour, and her feed gives a minimalist-obsessed IG community a refreshingly colorful break.

9. Norman Foster


A recent IG convert, this global heavyweight shows that he’s just as relevant to the world of architecture today in his 80s. The name behind such important structures as London’s Millennium Bridge, The Gherkin, Hong Kong’s HSBC skyscraper and so many more, his account bridges old school and new school, showing aspiring young architects today that a decades-long career is well worth the blood, sweat and tears.

10. Frida Escobedo


Mexican architect Frida Escobedo’s jaw-droppingly gorgeous IG feed shows that architecture and design pull influence from everything. Her stunning landscape shots are contrasted by simple, interior posts that showcase everything from simple light bulbs to doorknobs. Only an artist with a truly sensitive eye for detail can use photos displaying a Le Corbusier structure, to a collection of palms, to a random brick wall to tell a story.

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