Kara Mann is the founder and creative director of KARA MANN established in 2005 with offices in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. Over the past fifteen years, Mann has acquired the reputation of a cultural vanguard for pushing the boundaries of tradition. Her impactful, refined interiors draw inspiration from a myriad of creative fields including art, architecture and fashion, where Mann began her career.
Described by The Wall Street Journal as a “sparkplug in the world of design,” Mann juxtaposes formal design elements with unexpected materiality, architecture and an irreverence that has attracted clients in the art, fashion, finance, music and entertainment industries.
A steady stream of residential and commercial projects caught the attention of Gwyneth Paltrow’s goop, which sought her out for a collaboration in Chicago. The same year she was enlisted to reinvigorate Baker Furniture’s Milling Road line and debuted a collection of furniture that blurred the lines between classical and contemporary. In addition to ongoing residential projects, Mann is currently at work on two high profile furniture collaborations launching in 2020 and several luxury hotel projects throughout the United States.
Mann has been profiled in multiple design books and top publications worldwide including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, WWD, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue.