Of all the social media channels that exist these days, my favorite by far is Instagram— particularly as all of the controversy surrounding Facebook continues. The “Saved” and “Collections” features Instagram implemented are my favorites and I use them often.
These options combine the ease and beautiful photos of Instagram and feed the desire to keep
things bookmarked in a specific place (similar to Pinterest).
However, I use Instagram collections beyond keeping a tidy list of things I’ve liked. Looking
through my bookmarked images makes it is easy for me to see toward which trends and
aesthetics I’m gravitating. It makes it clear to understand what I’m being influenced by which can
then be used either as inspiration or as a warning to diversify so that we don’t get stuck in the rut
of my choosing products and stories that only fit into these trends.
For example, I may be into “millennial pink” right now, but interiors+sources shouldn’t reflect
What is also awe-inspiring to me is the fact that we now have “influencers”: people whose
social media and You Tube pages have millions of followers and affect how people shop and
even think. Particularly as we watch the ways in which Gen Z begins to shape society and
trends, seeing how influencers make an impact is fascinating. This is new territory: the ways in
which anyone with a social media account and a smartphone can create a following and career
through curating content and personal branding.
In The Influential Issue, we took the approach of not only the long-term players in the industry,
like Knoll Textiles (Product Steals + Splurges, p. 72), but the new influencers as well: Bend
(Product Breakdown, p. 54), E-Ink (How I Sourced It, p. 80), and Fōr Studio (Profile, p. 84),
just to name a few.
Particularly as we prepare for the 50th anniversary of NeoCon, we here at interiors+sources
are keeping an eye on the returning victors of the industry as well as those new to the scene.
As always, we’re interested to hear what our readers think: Who is inspiring you these days?
What brands do you see influencing the market? Tag us with your responses on social media
(@interiorssource) or email any of us with your thoughts. As I’ve said before, i+s is about the
conversations that are happening in the industry—if we only wrote about what I like, this
magazine would have many more skateboards and cats.
Until then, we hope this issue will introduce you to new favorites while updating you on those
you’ve followed (not just on social media) over the years.
The Instagram Effect
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