Photo: Anouska Hempel’s graphic grid on Instagram.

The 11 Best Designers to Follow on Instagram

Follow these tastemakers for a daily dose of design inspiration

There’s no better place to find design inspiration than Instagram, given the wealth of beautiful imagery and the number of design gurus continuously updating their feeds. But figuring out who’s worth following can be a challenge. To help you out, we’ve curated a list of some of our favorite decorators and design enthusiasts, many of whom have major followings of their own. Kelly Wearstler, for instance, has over a million devotees. From photographer Massimo Listri’s globetrotting itinerary to art collector Raquel Cayre’s enthusiasm for Ettore Sottsass, these accounts showcase great design that never goes out of style. 

1. Massimo Listri 

Italian photographer Massimo Listri travels the world capturing sumptuous interiors, from libraries to palazzi, and has published more than 70 books of his work. 


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2. Sasha Bikoff 

In 2018, fast-rising New York interior designer Sasha Bikoff made a splash at the Kips Bay Decorator Show House with her wildly patterned staircase design. Bikoff’s penchant for color and bold patterns is reflected in her Instagram images, which demonstrate influence from Art Deco Revival to space-age design. 

3. Kelly Behun 

Kelly Behun’s page features many of her projects, as well as her go-to spots for design and art inspiration. She also looks at the larger picture, creating a clear visual color story when taking the whole grid into account.

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4. Amy Lau 

Designer Amy Lau blends vintage and contemporary art and design seamlessly in her interiors. At the 2018 Salon Art+Design fair, Lau created a glamorous booth entitled “The New Nouveau,” which featured modern pieces and Art Nouveau.


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A Glamorous Zest for Life: Going into a totally new design direction for me at the time and spurred on by my clients incredible artistic eye and her sense of visual glamour, we created together a very special and unique living room. My client, artist Barbara Gross at our very first meeting stipulated two things that she wanted in her living room: a pink chaise so she could watch from her window the lovers in Central Park and that she wanted to upholster something exciting in black patent leather. My heart fluttered with excitement, as I felt I was seriously designing for the free spirited and glamorous Auntie Mame out of the marvelous Movie Classic! The painting “Broken Hearts” that hung in the entrance of the apartment, we had re-imagined by Edward Fields into a carpet that grounds the living room. The two mixed media works of art by Barbara that have the appearance of liquid metal hang on the reflective black plaster waxed walls, the sculptural black lacquered coffee table is by Gary Gutterman and the sculpture “Vadar” that sits on top of the table is created by my client and is carved out of black steatite. The hot pink velvet chaise by the window is by Tommi Parzinger and the rare pair of Milo Baughman Chrome Cased swivel chairs are covered in black patent leather. As my favorite Auntie Mame would say “Live, Live, Live! ?#kimsargentphotography Feature @luxemagazine #amylaudesign @amylaudesign #barbaragross #tommiparzinger #milobaughman #garygutterman #auntiemame

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5. Anouska Hempel

Anouska Hempel started her career in film before becoming an interior designer and hotelier. Her firm, Anouska Hempel Design, also focuses on architecture and landscaping. Needless to say, immaculate gardens make up a lot of her feed.

6. Ken Fulk 

San Francisco–based Ken Fulk is nothing short of fabulous, whether he is jetting off to a Dolce & Gabbana fashion show in Como or hanging out with Solange Knowles. His interiors are equally as glamorous, including those for Saint Joseph’s Arts Society in San Francisco.

7. Sara Story 

Sara Story’s love for contemporary art is evident from her interiors, especially with this Aspen project featured in our spring 2017 issue.

8. Steven Gambrel 

Timeless and classic are two words that describe the essence of Steven Gambrel’s designs. Galerie featured Gambrel’s work on the cover of its spring 2020 issue.

Recommended: Steven Gambrel Designs a Palatial Home in Greenwich Village for Major Art Collectors

9. Kelly Wearstler 

Los Angeles designer Kelly Wearstler is known for her punchy interiors and namesake lifestyle brand. Wearstler captures her stylish world through images of art, travel, and design inspiration.

10. Mark Sikes 

Mark Sikes’s feed is filled with images of seaside living, travel, iconic celebrities, and beautifully patterned spaces; his fascination with blue and white is realized in this amazing kids’ room.

11. Raquel Cayre 

Art collector Raquel Cayre’s popular Instagram account with 132,000 followers pays homage to Italian design master Ettore Sottsass as well as designs influenced by his work.

Kitchen by Patricia Bustos for Casa Decor

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Photo: Anouska Hempel’s graphic grid on Instagram.


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