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kara mann

Today’s post features an artful and edgy interior by Chicago based interior designer Kara Mann. The first time I heard about the incredibly chic and talented designer was in an article published by the 1st dibs online magazine “Introspective” as part of their “The Talent” series. She grew up in a home designed by her mother who had an incredible eye for all things beautiful, think Coco Chanel meets Julia Child! Kara’s childhood was filled with “beautiful meals, beautiful rooms, a beautiful life…but, she exclaims, we never knew where the sofa would be when we came home!” This early and consistent exposure to great design helped her evolve into the successful and passionate designer she is today. Her design firm, Kara Mann Design, opened in November of 2005 followed by her Chicago showroom, featuring lines that were not yet available in the mid-west. “I felt as though Chicago could not only embrace them but deserved the best, so we took on a loft-like space to properly represent them,” says Kara. Richard Shapiro, Ochre and Trace are just some of the extraordinary lines you will find at her unique showroom. (check out my archives for posts about Richard Shapiro and Ochre!) Recently named to “The Vogue 100,” she is a trendsetter and style maker for the 21st century. May you enjoy this innovative and provocative interior as much as I do…I absolutely love her use of large scale photography…my favorite, the trio of images in the dining room set against the strong dark wall…so powerful and confident…I love it!

above and below, Lake Shore Drive Penthouse ~ photos & resources from Kara Mann and 1st dibs

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ochre ~ part two

above, private residence, New York City, USA ~ specified by James Rixner, September 2006

Today’s post features a few Ochre bespoke chandeliers! Commercial or residential, they are works of art! I love that Ochre works directly with the designer and/or homeowner to design lighting that is both personal and innovative. Enjoy!

below, chapel street, London England ~ specified by Candy & Candy, September 2001

below, private residence, Saint Tropez, France ~ specified by Thebaide, August 2007

below, private residence, London England ~ specified by Kelly Hoppen, February 2006

below, condes hotel, Barcelona, Spain ~ specified by Ou Baholyodhin, September 2005

photos from Ochre

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above, eucalyptus candle holders

While reading the new Elle Decor (Dec 2010/Jan 2011), I came upon an ad for Ochre. The striking blue gray wall, adorned with what looked like metal sculpture, enhanced the beauty of the even deeper gray blue upholstered chair. I was struck by the sophisticated simplicity of the composition so I decided to research the company, and I’m so glad I did! Based in London, the Ochre collection consists of furniture, lighting, accessories for the home and bespoke chandeliers. The designs are both timeless and contemporary using high quality materials and flawless craftsmanship. I’m so pleased to share with you these gorgeous images…I love the juxtaposition of rough and smooth, hard and soft, warm and cool…enjoy!

below, snooze sofa, small

“The simplicity and honesty of form and proportion, together with the luxurious materials result in an understated elegance, which has become the signature for OCHRE” ~ Ochre

below, throne

below, daxie ottoman, single

below, divine recline sofa, high back extra deep

below, divine recline corner chair & stool

below, divine recline long banquette (hey, who’s that greyhound in the photos! looks a bit like mimi!)

below, divine recline chaise longue

below, divine recline banquette

below, snooze chair & stool

below, cherub lamp

below, warrior lamps

below, arctic pear table lamp

below, scorpion lamp double head

below, circular mirrors with convex glass set

below, coco mirror

below, horsehair screen

below, vellum screen

below, circular mirror with convex glass (105cm)

below, moon mats ~ each piece of mercury glass is hand tarnished and therefore unique

below, silver leaf panel

below, circular mirrors with convex glass set

below, horn handles brown

photos from Ochre

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