The Only Interior Design Inspiration You Need Now

At this point, we don’t even look at interior design inspiration unless it’s over the top, just out of reach, and opulent in its own special way. The rest of it—uniform, washed in snake person this color or that, accessible—isn’t going to encourage one to do much at all. Maybe hang a new piece of art.

But to really make an impact on one’s space, drastic measures are called for. Even if that just means repeatedly visiting the same bonkers-beautiful Instagram feeds. (Hey, you may never paint your bedroom Farrow and Ball Studio Green, or hang a $60k chandelier hand-forged in Brooklyn, but it’s a more enthralling prospect than some Pinterest DIY.)

So, dive right in to your future home (dreams). These five designers from around the world are raising the bar.

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Tomorrow’s heirlooms are created today, according to Amy Lau. Material and texture are her calling cards, and she’s certainly a champion of the design-object-as-art movement. No Kalmar chandelier or Gio Ponti chair is out of the question.

Location: New York, NY

Followers: 9,121

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Leave it to a seasoned vet of the buy-and-flip industry to know what people really want in their homes. Drew honed his skills in Atlanta, acquiring and remodeling homes, before finding his way to interior design.

Location: New York, NY

Followers: 6,685

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In Sydney, Greg Natale is looking up. Indeed, his spaces are celebrated for his attention to often overlooked surfaces, like ceilings or wall tiling. On the occasion of his first book launch, he shared his “checklist” with Architectural Digest, who graciously, in turn, shared it with everyone.

Location: Sydney, Australia

Followers: 43.2k


For those of us striving for vacation vibes in the places we live, Claude Missir offers light-handed but unusual inspiration through his designs for restaurants, hotels and spec spaces. His original pieces, which articulate his love for fabrication and systematic simplicity, are shown at the museum-worthy Nilufar Gallery in Italy.

Location: Beirut, Lebanon

Followers: 6,342


Spare, warm, simple to maintain—Christine Bodino’s spaces might be the easiest to actually inhabit precisely because she eschews overloading them with objects. Now, objects have long been the way designers leave their marks. Working within an architectural framework, clustering vases and cluttering walls just so is a signature. Christine proves you don’t sacrifice design by removing some of it—you actually celebrate it.

Location: Paris, France

Followers: 14.9k


Towels can be heirlooms, too: traditional Japanese lattice-weave cotton towels have a waffle texture for higher absorbency (and quicker drying). They endure much less wear-and-tear in the wash cycle. In fact, the fibers soften and “bloom,” year after year.