In the Mix
7 awesome, on-the-pulse design editors you should be following on Insta
For some Tuesday inspiration, we’re sharing a handful of our favorite Instagram accounts of the moment. This time around, we spotlight 7 must-follow design editors—globetrotting folks helping to shape design culture today by keeping their fingers firmly on the pulse. From gorgeous interiors and architecture to behind-the-scenes shots from their adventures in design scouting, there’s always something fun to discover. Scroll on to enrich your life lived on social.
Asad Syrkett | @as4d
Brooklyn-based Asad Syrkett is Elle Decor’s editor-in-chief, as well as a design editor, writer, and brand strategist. His feed offers a mix of gorgeous, make-you-look-twice objects, spaces, and architecture, as well as insider peeks at special events, exhibitions, excursions, and more—plus the occasional stylish selfie and charming family pic.
Prior to Elle, Syrkett led NYC operations for Swedish furniture brand Hem and held editorial positions at a number of design and architecture pubs, including Curbed and Architectural Record. Upon taking his new position at Elle in fall 2020, setting a heartening tone for his tenure, Syrkett said, “I’ve spent my career seeking out and obsessing over the best design at any scale. Furniture, objects, homes, buildings, cities… I truly believe in the power of design to bring us joy, to challenge the way we see the world and ourselves, and to think more critically about the way we live. [Against the backdrop of the] pandemic and protests against racial injustice, the incredible importance of a safe and beautiful sanctuary has been made so viscerally clear to so many of us, especially as it remains inaccessible to so many others. I’m looking forward to continuing that conversation in the pages of the magazine and online.”
Annalisa Rosso | @lisarosso
Writer-editor-curator-creative director-extraordinaire Annalisa Rosso is an expert in the contemporary design world with a feed full of exceptional design goodies—plus lots of unexpected eye candy (case in point—the above astronaut at Piazza Duomo by photographer Stefan Giftthaler). The Milan-based multitalent is editorial director of the new Salone del Mobile.Milan digital project and cofounder of Mr. Lawrence Studio, a creative agency she leads with partner Francesco Mainardi. She previously served as Editor-in-Chief of Icon Design and oversaw Domus magazine website, among other bonafides.
Rosso is one of the busiest people we know in design, and forever heading up exciting new initiatives—from inventive design projects to timely philanthropic campaigns—so you’ll definitely want to follow along.
Dung Ngo | @misterngo
NYC-based Dung Ngo is founder and editor-in-chief of AUGUST: A Journal of Travel + Design. Each beautifully produced issue is a deep dive into the culture of a place—architecture, arts, design, cuisine, and street life seen through the eyes of in-the-know locals and insiders. It comes as no surprise then that Ngo’s feed is a delicious array of incredible, often far-flung locales, both unexpected, off-the-beaten-path gems and design icons—such as Luis Barragán’s Casa Gilardi in Mexico City, Carlo Scarpa’s Brion Cemetery in Veneto, and so, so many more.
In addition to his work at AUGUST, Ngo is head of September Creative, a consultancy specializing in design strategy, and—we’re quite proud to say—a Forum Magazine columnist who shares his beautiful words and images with the Design Miami community on the regular.
Hannah Martin | @_h_mart_
As Senior Design Editor for Architectural Digest, New York-based Hannah Martin is always up to something intriguing. What design enthusiast wouldn’t get a kick out of watching her work her thoughtful, sharp-eyed sensibility as she surveys global design trends, visits inspiring creatives at home and in their studios, and frequents the world’s chicest spaces?
Martin’s feed is the next best thing, serving up fresh portraits and beautiful interiors from her AD stories alongside playful snapshots of her own day to day life on the go. We have a special affection for Martin’s encounters with the curious, like “cute” cakes in Milan, aura photographs in NYC, and floating pink swan boats in Tokyo. It’s a winning combination that you don’t want to miss.
Yoko Choy | @missyoko
Dividing her time between Hong Kong and Amsterdam, Yoko Choy is the China editor of Wallpaper* magazine and co-founder of the creative consultancy Collective Contemporist; among her achievements are contributing to the launch of Art Basel in Hong Kong and curating design exhibitions for venues such as Beijing’s Dover Street Market. She is currently working on a new design conference in Singapore in September, as well as a book about the Chinese luxury jewelry brand Qeelin.
Much of Choy’s work promotes East-West exchanges, with the stated goal of “raising awareness of the importance of cross-cultural development in the creative industry... stimulating and inspiring conversations and collaborations between the two spheres.” Her Insta is an uber cool photo diary of her travels, projects, and scouting that’s sure to titillate any design lover.
Adam Štěch | @okolo_architecture
Děčín-born editor and curator Adam Štěch is delightfully obsessed with Modernist architecture in all its permutations. As a result, his dedicated IG following is treated to a wide-ranging procession of images documenting intriguing historic sites from around the globe—some famed, others more obscure. Since 2006, he and his trusty camera have visited over 30 countries on a mission to rediscover forgotten and lesser known 20th-century architectural and design treasures, and his feed is chock-full of the rewards.
Štěch is editor of Dolce Vita magazine and co-founder and curator of OKOLO, a creative collective responsible for dozens of publications and exhibitions in the Czech Republic and abroad. He’s authored texts for the world’s leading design pubs, and his most recent book project is Modern Architecture and Interiors for Prestel.
Barcelona and Puglia-based Andrew Trotter is a double-threat. Not only is he founder of multidisciplinary Studio Andrew Trotter, specializing in architecture, interiors, and object design (per the dreamy images above), he’s also cofounder and editor of Openhouse Magazine, a stunning and highly addictive biannual publication that shines a light on the private spaces of fascinating, creative people around the world. Knock-your-socks of interiors plus personality-rich interviews and profiles make it a must. And Trotter has so much going on, we can’t help but recommend his two different feeds—one dedicated to the studio’s exquisite portfolio and one featuring encounters and images drawn from the Openhouse world. ◆