The Atlantic: The Instagram Aesthetic Is Over. “As Instagram has grown to more than 1 billion monthly users, it has ushered in a very particular look: bright walls, artfully arranged lattes and avocado toast, and Millennial-pink everything, all with that carefully staged, color-corrected, glossy-looking aesthetic. Photos that play into these trends perform so well on Instagram that the look became synonymous with the platform itself, then seeped into the broader world. Even if you don’t use the app, you’ve undoubtedly encountered an ‘Instagram wall,’ a pop-up experience like the Museum of Ice Cream, or a brightly patterned restaurant bathroom just made to be photographed.”
Mashable: The small corner of Instagram dedicated to temporary wallpaper is uncommonly magical. “Nearly every piece of wallpaper I’ve seen since then has been a real eyesore, so for most of my adult life I’ve remained confident in my opinion. Until the day I was scrolling through Instagram and a bold floral print atop a subtle blush background caught my eye. In an instant, everything changed.”
Brownstoner: Old House Lovers Will Drool Over These Vintage Architecture Trade Catalogs. “There’s an abundant amount of information online for the historic house lover. But when looking to understand just what kind of fixtures and finishes might have been popular at a particular point in time, there’s nothing quite as exciting as dipping into vintage trade catalogs.” Nice roundup article.
County Weekly News: Glanmore goes digital. “Queen Victoria would be amused. As the holiday marking her birthday approaches, Belleville’s museum dedicated to the Victorian era is getting a little more modern. Glanmore National Historic Site staff have launched their new online artifact database.”
Forbes: Instagram Worthy: How Social Media Has Reshaped Our Ideas On Attractive Design. “When it comes to designing office and living spaces, people are relying on two social media platforms. The highly visual nature of Instagram and Pinterest make them ideal places for finding design inspiration, even making purchasing decisions…. ‘Instagram worthy’ home is now a thing and a lot of younger consumers admit that they specifically seek out decor items that would look good on social media. Yet the impact of social media on our perception of ‘pretty’ doesn’t end here.”
Dezeen: Piet Zwart Institute launches online archive of student design research. “The archive platform showcases projects by the institute’s Master of Interior Architecture: Research + Design (MIARD) programme, a two-year course that encourages design-led research in the field of interior architecture.”
The Verge: Instagram Is Pushing Restaurants To Be Kitschy, Colorful, And Irresistible To Photographers. “When it came time to design their first restaurant, Media Noche, San Francisco entrepreneurs Madelyn Markoe and Jessie Barker found themselves lacking inspiration. Their designer had asked them for ideas and they felt like ‘deer in headlights.’ Ultimately, Markoe says, they came up with a single instruction: ‘We wanted to be Instagrammable.'”