In the time of self-isolation, there is no better place to be inspired than scrolling through the feeds of these exceptional international designers.

Pierre Yovanovitch │ @pierre.yovanovitch

From quiet country sanctuaries to urban escapes, the French designer bedecks his spaces with a sharp signature and chic, contemporary flair. Fully surrendered to the endlessly wondrous possibilities of design, his projects are seamless compositions of fantastical colour palettes, unexpected geometries, and unusual accessories.

Kelly Hoppen │ @kellyhoppen

Known as the ‘Queen of Taupe’, Hoppen is coveted for her timeless palette that adorns celebrity homes and luxury yatches the world over. Much more than your typical A-list designer, over the years Hoppen has crafted herself in the role of mentor to creative entrepreneurs. The former Dragon’s Den panelist has disrupted her usual chic Instagram feed to talk about Covid-19 and help her followers navigate through the crisis.

Ashiesh Shah │ @ashieshshah

The Mumbai-based architect and designer is known for his ability to connect design and art, the contemporary with craft to deliver one of a kind projects for some of India’s most well-known names. In tune with the Downtown Design 2019 speaker’s deep appreciation for global art, his feed is a mix of design inspiration, international and Indian artists and the inner workings of his passion project – an atelier that collaborates with Indian crafts communities to create limited-edition, contemporary design.

Aljoud Lootah │ @aljoudlootah

The acclaimed Emirati product designer’s work is rooted in the traditions of the UAE. Interpreting the nation’s heritage through design, her work ranges from limited-edition furniture and home accessories collections to bespoke pieces for corporate clients. From the source of inspiration, to how she transforms it through the contemporary application of regional crafts, this Downtown Editions participant’s Instagram offers a window into the region’s history and culture.

Axel Vervoordt │ @axelvervoordt_co and @axelvervoordt


Whilst he may be in the news for designing Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s home, the Belgian interior designer and antique and art dealer is no stranger to celebrity; his previous clients include the likes of Robert De Niro, Bill Gates, Sting, and Calvin Klein, amongst others. Known for his restrained, yet majestic spaces, he lets his artists’ eye guide him through the design process, often letting scale, architectural detailing and material innovation take center stage.