Kara Mann is a designer based out of Chicago and New York. Her mood is traditional laced with contemporary. Her mood is very old, with solid wood and beautifully simple contours everywhere, which are they controlled with amazing centerpieces.It also seems to be more rich colors. Colors that make you want to inhale deeply through your nose to get the last smell in of the rich furniture before you.
Mann is highly acclaimed and clearly respected. Her work involves a lot of the old men’s club feeling to it. Like the scent of fresh cigars and golf clubs should be everywhere, but also has a major touch of elegance, with little pieces that just fit into a room making it unrecognizable without those pieces. They just fit.
However, her work doesn’t all have that old men’s club feel to it. Pieces like the zebra striped pillows, fray, gnarly twigs, or wide lipped bowls give it a feminine feeling.
Part of what I like about this so much is the wood. The stools that tuck under nicely match with the beautiful grains on the wooden island. The warm rug also leads to a nice transition into the darker wooden table, which also matches [the rug] beautifully with the wallpaper and the upper half of the room.
It is indeed very beautiful to feel the character of a Mann room. It’s marvelous how the entire room manages to hold the same feeling throughout. Not a piece is out of place; though it may push the boundaries it still fits. Without the brown ottoman 2 photos above the whole room would be thrown out of zen!
I especially love how Mann isn’t afraid to use chairs. Granted she may use chairs that aren’t so comfy, but isn’t style much more important than comfort anyways? I like her choice of stools [or wood blocks that act as stools], and very beautiful solid wood tables. In my opinion, chairs make or break the room. They necessarilymustmatch the ambiance of the room.
How do you enjoy Kara Mann’s work?