15 of the Most Beautiful Instagrams from May 2015

It should come to absolutely no one’s surprise that we’re Instagram addicts — in case you missed it, we recently celebrated a pretty significant milestone on the photo-sharing app. But enough about us. The best part about Instagram is the on-demand inspiration afforded by a stream of talented photographers, visualists, aesthetes and tastemakers. So in no particular order, see 15 of our favorite snaps from last month. They range from the cool to the cutting-edge to the just plain pretty and come from a varied list of personalities including architect Richard Meier, jet-setting editor Giovanna Battaglia and photographer Garance Doré. We double-tapped all of them, and think you’ll do the same.

Power lunch. Blogger Nicole Cohen of Sketch42 shared a post-meal snap of the beautifully appointed New York City gastropub, The Upsider.

Art director and Instagrammer-par-excellence Dabito shared an image of his pristine nightstand. Excuse us while we run out to buy banana leaves.

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Where our guests zzZ…#interiorsbydabito

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Collective Design Fair posted an up-close shot of new works by Thaddeus Wolfe — these hand-blown glass assemblages made their debut at the show (as part of the R & Company booth).

Brooklyn-based design collective Workstead offered up new lighting wares for ICFF, one of the industry’s top destinations for contemporary furniture exhibitors. These brass and marble beauties are meant to visually evoke the planets orbiting the sun.

Pritzer Prize-winning architect Richard Meier makes models that are nearly as impressive as the buildings they depict — they even have their own museum in New Jersey. This shot shows the to-scale model of Meier’s design for The Getty Center in Los Angeles.

Stockholm-based design studio Note consistently post some of our favorite grams — their shots are clean, light-filled and a just a little whimsical. The candy-colored installation below was — believe it or not — used for a pastry buffet at an in-office reception.

Polish designer Damian Widowski has a knack for sourcing interior images that feel unfussy and utterly of the moment. Follow him now if you don’t already.

Jean Royère in dramatic, chiaroscuro lighting? Southern California dealer Galerie Half had us at #hello with this shot.

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#galeriehalf #20thcentury #modern #royere #faerch

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Do not miss photographer Garance Doré’s post about the London boutique of designer Roland Mouret, housed inside a 19th-century Georgian townhouse. Her images of the space reinforce the notion of how powerfully one’s environment can influence one’s work. Not to be missed.

May is National Blooms Month on Instagram — just kidding, but it probably should be, based on the sheer number of peonies in our feed. But Wit & Delight blogger Kate Arends had some of our favorites, which she aptly noted were “as big as [her] face.”

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Peonies from the front yard the size of my face.

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W and Vogue Japan editor Giovanna Battaglia has an unparalleled eye when it comes to sussing out fashion pieces that could pass as design objets. To wit, this artfully arranged grouping of shoes from Marco De Vincenzo.

Since he pulls double duty as both the editor-in-chief of The Last Magazine and creative director of WSJ, Magnus Berger has up-to-the-minute knowledge about the newest and coolest things to see, do, hear and watch. The below snap comes from the Brooklyn Museum’s Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks exhibition.

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#basquiat #notebooks #brooklynmuseum

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Frieze New York basically held our Instagram feed hostage for four days. But Karen Robinovitz — a co-founder of the Digital Brand Architects agency — produced some of the best documentation of the fair: her images were innovative, detailed and expertly curated. Bravo.

Blogger Pari Ehsan of Paridust consistently impresses us with her ability to translate conceptual art into beautiful fashion photography. Here, she turns her eye to artist Alicia Framis’ mirrored orbs, part of Creative Time’s Central Park public art showing.


Tom Delavan is a whip-smart critic and writer of interior design and the decorative art. He also went to Cuba last month and took some pretty pictures. Tom, let’s be friends?

It’s also worth mentioning (again) that we have a pretty nice Instagram account ourselves. Check it out here.

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