Tuesday, May 20

Profile: Kara Mann

Chicago based Kara Mann seems to be taking the design world by storm. Merging her background in fashion, art and design, Kara creates gutsy, unexpected interiors that perfectly mix both modern and traditional elements. A native of Evanston, IL, Kara studied art at Tulane University and later continued her education at Harrington Institute of Design.

Since opening her namesake firm, Kara Mann Design (KMD) in 2005, Kara has been recognized by Metropolitan Home as a part of the 2007 Design 100; domino magazine’s 2007 top 10; and Western Interiors and Design The List 2007. On top of her game, Kara recently founded her Chicago showroom, KARA MANN, LTD., featuring a wonderful mixture of modern and classic pieces.

I love the way Kara juxtaposes light and dark colors and integrates curious objects, while maintaining the comfort and luxury of a space. She’s not afraid to break the mold, but is mindful of timeless styles—very chic Ms. Mann!

What inspires your creativity?
The amazing team I work with everyday at KMD.

Who would you most like to work with on a project?
I would love to collaborate with Chrome Hearts designer, Richard Stark. He is a constant inspiration.

What is your favorite luxury in life?
Space and time.

What is your most prized possession?
My Christian Dior men’s tuxedo.

Who are your style icons?
Vivian Westwood and Kate Moss

Who would you most like to meet and how would you send the day?
I would love to spend the day with Karl Lagerfeld riffling through materials for his next collection… but I wouldn’t say no to lounging on a yacht with Jay-Z and Beyonce.

How would you describe your personal style
Biker chick goes to Fashion Week.

What is your idea of earthy happiness?
Playing with my dog, Chopper, on the shores of Lake Michigan.

What books are currently on your bedside table?
No books. Just stacks and stacks of French Elle Décor and Australian Vogue Living.

What is the one thing in life you can't live without
My Agatha jeans.

Profile by Ronda Carman


Anonymous said...

I wouldn’t say no to lounging on a yacht with Jay-Z and Beyonce either!!

Anonymous said...

Kara rocks! I love her style!!

ALL THE BEST said...

I agree with both Anne and anon!!!

swanklighting said...

Loved her interiors!

Ana said...

Great Q&A...and that chair with the Union Jack is fantastic!

Pigtown*Design said...

I love the chair in the top image!

Suzy said...

I love her style too...she's fearless with dark colours.

Anonymous said...

Hi Ronda
Love this interview, I don't Kara gets all the attention she deserves. I especially love the "Biker chick at fashion week" line.

pve design said...

"Mann oh Mann" her work is " dynomite" -
I just saved that Arizona place the other day.
She designs all I need and want.
What would she wear lounging?

katiedid said...

Love her.