Spotlight Since launching, we’ve seen Instagram spread from our headquarters in California to every corner of the globe. In this series we highlight Instagrammers from countries and cities with thriving communities.
"Every known superstition in the world is gathered into the horse-shoe of the Carpathians, as if it were the centre of some sort of imaginative whirlpool." — Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
With the Carpathian mountains arcing across its center and the river Danube running along its southern region, Romania is a country of vast and hilly peaks and luscious wetlands.
A history steeped in peasantry and folklore, Romania’s rural and remote landscape served as the fictional home of Bram Stoker’s famous vampire, Count Dracula. With numerous hilltop castles such as Bran Castle, as well as the fairytale turrets of King Carol I’s Peleş Castle in Transylvania, it comes as little surprise that Romania has ignited the imagination of so many.
The bustling cities of Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca provide a vibrancy to contrast the rural landscape, and this Romania can be experienced through the lenses of just a few of the many Instagrammers that live there:
- Lorant Pandea, Transylvania photographer – @lorantpandea
- Oana Befort, graphic designer and illustrator in Bucharest – @oanabefort
- Lavinia Cernău, photographer in Cluj-Napoca – @lavinia_cernau
- Liviu Ratiu, photographer in Cluj-Napoca – @liviuratiu
- Raluca Tămaș, journalist in Bucharest – @raltamas
For a closer look at Romania, explore the country through some of its most popular and picturesque destinations:
Icons of European Design | Dieter Rams & Verner Panton
We go decade-by-decade looking at the most important designs created. We start with the 1960s and examine the works of Dieter Rams and Verner Panton. Rams from Germany made his name designing products for the electronics company Braun. Panton made his name as a furniture designer and interior decorator, especially when he created the Panton S Chair.
Fortunato Depero (Italian, 1892-1960), Fiera umana or Mostro mitologico, 1952. Tempera on paper on canvas, 75 x 50 cm.
Maureen O’Hara in The Fallen Sparrow (1943)
marcel breuer – wassily folding chair (1925)
Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Cummings in The Bride Wore Boots.
MFK (Mary Frances Kennedy) Fisher (1908-1992) was a famous American food author. Her writing style is a delightful amalgamation of memoir, travel, and food literature. Her personal experiences and travels to Europe helped create her identity as an approachable and relatable chef. Her recipes do not emulate fine restaurants, but are simple and elegant. Her book How to Cook a Wolf was one of her most successful. First published in 1942 during the World War II food shortage, Fisher wrote about how to make food economically and how to enjoy it. In his 1942 review of the book, Orville Prescott of the New York Times wrote:
“Cook books are indisputably indispensable for the welfare of the human race, and they sell very nicely (Fannie Farmer’s ”Boston Cook Book” some 2,040,000 copies). […] Few indeed have any claims to literary merit. At least, few did until a knowing lady who signs herself austerely M. F. K. Fisher began conducting her one-woman revolution in the field of literary cookery. Mrs. Fisher writes about food with such relish and enthusiasm that the mere reading of her books creates a clamorous appetite. She also writes with a robust sense of humor and a nice capacity for a neatly turned phrase. […] Her chapter titles themselves are gems that provoke an irresistible desire to find out just what on earth she means by them: ”How to Distribute Your Virtue,” ”How to Boil Water,” ”How to Greet the Spring,” ”How to Be Cheerful Through Starving” ”How to Pray for Peace,” ”How to Be Content With a Vegetable Love” and ”How to Have a Sleek Pelt.” “ (“Books of the Times”)
douwe jacobs and tom schouten - flux chair
Reverso, by Nicola Samorì.