Fuel your imagination with our bi-monthly edit of creatives and photographers who take Instagram to a whole new level, curated by writer Marcia Veiga. From interior stylists and architects to visionary image-makers, we bring you a curation of global talent that will elevate your feed and inspire your own creative output.

Dirk Vander Kooij, artisan

 

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Recycled furniture is no longer a rarity, but among the uprise of sustainable inventors, Dutch designer Dirk Vander Kooij is a marvel. His page spotlights his ingenuity, as demonstrated through his use of reclaimed synthetics to make beautiful creations: take the meltingpot table as an example.

 

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Torin Ashtun, painter and model

 

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Models typically use their social feed to debut projects, flaunt luxury purchases and post sponsorship deals. But Long Beach resident Torin Ashtun is using hers to heal through the art of storytelling. Her posts showcase how she uses her body, mind and soul to create; from capturing visual silhouettes to Ashtun’s use of ‘surrealist automatism’ – art created by the unconscious mind – and launching her comic book, The Art of Captivation about growing up in a homeless shelter.

 

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Kimyoungshin, florist

 

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Japanese artist Kim Young Shin is the multifaceted queen of floral arrangements. Her Instagram debuts the many ways in which flowers can be gifted or utilised. From two-toned nosegays to five types of orchids used in a bouquet, she teaches us that flowers are not just fit for vases but are decorative beauties fit for any celebration.

 

 

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Mónica Herndández, illustrator

Dominican Republic born and NYC-based illustrator Mónica Herndández describes her art as ‘inherently presentational’. Using bright colours and her memories of living in a one-bedroom apartment as a family of five, she explores the concept of space while exhibiting the realism and fictional aspects of being a Latinx woman from the Bronx.

 

Michael Bargo, furniture and art dealer/ interior designer

 

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British Vogue debuted Beyonce as their December 2020 cover star but the shoot’s set, created by Michael Bargo, almost stole the show. The art dealer, stylist and interior designer is a key player in New York’s design scene. His platform gives insight into the future of interior design while looking back at his artistic flair across the last 10 years.

 

 

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