Looking at Happy Mundane’s Instagram account is in itself a joyous experience. Curated by Jonathan Lo, who believes beauty is everywhere, this wall combines stills, splashes of color, and tasteful abstract shots. Lo takes all the photos himself, being known for always taking a moment to appreciate things that get overlooked everyday. That’s how  Happy Mundane was born in 2006. We took a tour of his well-curated Instagram and Pinterest accounts and left ultra inspired.


I think beauty can be found anywhere you look. Sometimes you just need to stop and take a fresh look at your surroundings.

What exactly is Happy Mundane?
Happy Mundane is my blog I started in 2006. It’s basically just a place to showcase good design of any kind that attracts my eye.
You seem to find beauty in unusual places. What does beauty mean to you?
I think Beauty is anything that stirs something in you and makes you happy, that makes you smile. I think beauty can be found anywhere you look. Sometimes you just need to stop and take a fresh look at your surroundings. It doesn’t need to be anything grand.
You have a huge following on Pinterest. Does that affect how you curate your Instagram?
I do pin some of my Instagrams onto Pinterest, but generally I treat them as two completely different platforms. Pinterest is more for bookmarking websites and images I like, and Instagram is more for sharing moments I see or create through photography.
Some people use social media for inspiration, while others use it to inspire. What’s your stance?
I think it’s a great tool for both. The best thing about social media is being able to share information and ideas with people from all over the world at any given moment. It should go both ways.
How would you define your aesthetic?
I created the hashtag #mundaneaesthetic to symbolize what I like. Generally I am attracted to clean, modern, minimal, graphic imagery, but I also appreciate vintage and hand crafted things and all with a sense of playfulness and a sense of humor.
Does Instagram affect your work? How?
I think Instagram has been helping me to refine my aesthetic a bit more. Also, getting the immediate feedback of likes and comments has been good to see what images resonate more with others.
New Zealand

Published May 19, 2015

Share on StumbleUpon0Pin on Pinterest0Share on Facebook0Tweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+0Email this to someone