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A social distancing illustration by illustrator Jean Jullien

Seven design-related Instagram accounts for a break from coronavirus news

With people self-isolating around the world, creatives and cultural institutions are using Instagram to entertain their bored followers. Social media assistant Daria Casalini has put together a list of light-hearted design and architecture accounts that offer respite from the news.


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Royal Academy

The social media team at the Royal Academy knows how to create relatable content that will make you smile.

Recent posts from the British art institution include a roll of toilet paper taped to a wall like Maurizio Cattelan's banana, and a list of family activities to do at home with children.

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Fashion designer Simon Porte Jacquemus is encouraging his followers to get creative with the "Jacquemus challenge".

The French designer asked his audience to use an item of his clothing line and mix it with items found in their homes, such as fruits and plants, to make fun portraits.

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Jean Jullien

French illustrator Jean Jullien is sharing playful drawings to bring some light relief to the coronavirus crisis.

One of his latest illustrations captioned "confinement" shows several individuals each isolated in their own bubble. Another asks the viewers to spot the difference between two drawings of a man lying on a sofa titled "before quarantine" and "after quarantine".

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Gary Hustwit

Those looking for documentaries and movies to watch should check out Gary Hustwit's account.

Every Tuesday, the American filmmaker streams one of his movies for free on his website, to fight off isolation boredom. Recent screenings include 2009 documentary "Objectified", which looks everyday objects and the people who designed them.

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The New Yorker Cartoons account features the best drawings from the famous American magazine.

A recent posts shows a man working from home in pyjamas, with the caption "My God... those meetings really could have been e-mails!".

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

For keen sketchers out there, The Metropolitan Museum of Art is challenging its followers to draw from their homes and is sharing its collection of paintings as inspiration.

The art museum asks its audience to tag their posts with #MetSketch and shares the drawings on the account's Instagram Stories.

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Stefano Boeri Architetti

Lastly, if you speak Italian, you might be interested to know that architect Stefano Boeri is uploading an IGTV video every day where he talks about different books.

The books reviewed in the series range from architecture essays to Italian classics, including Italo Calvino's The Baron in the Trees.

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