Starting out in the fashion world in the early 2000s, designer and entrepreneur Manini Rampola was soon faced with the unwelcoming reality of the industry and, as a result, decided to leave it altogether. She turned to interiors as a form of escape and this, combined with her interest in marketing, led to a new path: launching her own furniture manufacturing company, Detail’24. ‘I’ve always been creative and wanted a way to express that,’ Manini says. ‘Designing contemporary furniture made sense, and I use my marketing knowledge to sell and create brand awareness.’
Manini Rampola is one of House and Leisure‘s Next Generation trailblazers for 2017. Read more about her in the August #HLNextGenIssue and discover her top five Instagrammers to follow below.
Yellowtrace is a platform for interior-design inspiration and resources for creatives, founded by Australian Dana Tomic Hughes. Now an award-winning online design publication, the brand itself began as an ‘unhealthy passion for design’, with Hughes dedicating most of her day to researching interior design, architecture, art, photography, travel and culture. As Manini says, ‘The Instagram feed serves as a carefully curated, cutting-edge platform to find interior design studios and architects, along with the projects they have done.’
‘Studiopepe is a design agency based in Milan founded by two talented women, Arianna Lelli Mami and Chiara Di Pinto’, Manini explains. Fitting in perfectly with our Next Generation theme ‘The future is female’, these two women are doing amazing things when it comes to interiors. Renowned for its eclectic and layered perspective, Studiopepe is based on experimenting with unusual pairings that come together to make an emotional aesthetic impact.
A young architect from Kiev in Ukraine, Emil Dervish values honesty and simplicity in his designs – and this is apparent in his Instagram feed too. ‘I understand that simplicity at its best requires perfection. Therefore, when designing, I put special emphasis on the role of detail and carefully selected materials’, he says. His focus on natural materials such as stone, concrete, wood and glass has determined the look of his Insta feed: earthy, pared-down and modern.
Hailing from Minsk, Belarus, Lera Brumina has created an Instagram portfolio that features pastels juxtaposed against darker tones. As an interior designer, it’s predictable that most of her feed is made up of, well, interiors – although she injects a lot of her own personal inspiration into it as well. ‘I love her use of colour and the boldness in the way she interprets a project,’ says Manini.
It’s no surprise to see Joburg-based photographer Sarah de Pina‘s name grace this list – she happens to shoot a lot for House and Leisure. With a diverse photographic style, her Instagram feed is a brilliant way to discover new local interior designers and architects.