Before we welcome the New Year and all the potential for positive change it holds, let’s take a look back at the top 10 Instagram posts that captured your hearts in 2021.
Enjoy our roundup of standout stories from around the world highlighting good people, good design, and good impact, and join us as we continue to share these inspiring stories every day.
Every year, thousands of people travel to the Gu Guanyin Buddhist temple in China’s Zhongnan Mountains to appreciate this ancient ginkgo tree’s fall foliage in all its glory — an image so breathtaking you tagged your friends. See the post
The Iconic sea woman of Jeju
Since the 17th century at least, women on the South Korean island of Jeju have made their living harvesting seafood by hand. The story of these incredible women known as the haenyeo (with some in their 80s) captivated us all and inspired you to join in on the conversation. See the post
AAPI community recognition
The rise in hate crimes against people of Asian and Pacific Island heritage across North America since the beginning of the pandemic prompted Goodee’s editor, Celia Spenard-Ko, to speak out and share a much-needed message of love and unity with the larger community — a message that resonated with many. The most heartwarming response ensued. See the post
Presence in Hormuz 2
Presence in Hormuz 2 is a stunning residential project off the coast of Iran that was built using Nader Khalili’s unique superadobe technique while drawing on the kaleidoscopic colors of the local landscape. “Fabulosity” is how you described this rainbow of raw-earth homes, among a flurry of enthusiastic comments. See the post
In Conversation With Sabrina & Idris Elba ☀️ Throwback to when Goodee’s co-founders Byron and Dexter Peart sat down for a candid Zoom chat with the powerhouse husband-and-wife duo to talk partnerships, coupledom, and embracing similarities over differences. From raised hand emojis to hearts, the love poured in for this feature. See the post
“So beautiful!”, “awesome!”, “stunning!” — your comments were unanimous. Designer Laura Kirar’s Mesón Hidalgo in San Miguel de Allende is a place of superlatives and just like a thousand of our followers, we can’t get enough of it. See the post.
Splitting her time between Mexico City and L.A., Pia Riverola has a knack for capturing candid moments in everyday life. The Barcelona-born photographer says she works mostly out of instinct, her eye constantly looking for poetic glimpses into the world. With its “very compelling and difficult to render composition”, this particular shot was a big hit among our Instagram community. See the post
Bill Traylor is a unique American artist whose story deeply moved many of you. Born into slavery in Alabama in the 1850s, Traylor was in his 80s, homeless, when he first started drawing, documenting the stories that made up his life. Today, he is considered one of the most important American artists of the 20th century. See the post
Who else could see themselves cooking up a storm in this swoon-worthy farmhouse kitchen decorated by Javier González Sánchez-Dalp? The many hearts, and comments this feature sparked told us you’d gladly take up residence there. See the post
Polyglot and polychrome
India Mahdavi — the designer behind London’s Sketch Gallery a.k.a. one of the most instagrammable restaurants on the planet — is known for her light-filled, joyful aesthetic as seen here on full display in a private Provence villa. We’re in love with this luminous space and judging by your reactions, so are you! See the post