Chicago, IL | New York, NY
Kara Mann is a New York and Chicago-based interior designer who has merged her background in fashion, art and design to create distinct interiors that re-imagine the possibilities of mixing the modern and traditional. Since opening her namesake firm, Kara Mann Design (KMD), in 2005, Kara has collaborated with clients nationally and internationally on both residential and commercial projects to achieve a balance of edgy yet attainable design, producing interiors that are both current and enduring.
In 2011, Kara launched a collection of leathers, KARA MANN for MOORE & GILES, with the venerable leather house. The collection pays homage to leather, fashion and men (three of Kara’s favorite things!) and includes three sumptuous leather qualities, CRAVE IT, NEED IT and WANT IT, in a variety of colors that reflect Kara's ultrachic aesthetic.
A recognized stylemaker, InStyle has dubbed Kara an ‘of-the-moment’ designer and Vogue has appointed her as a member of 'The Vogue 100,' a group of influential decision makers and opinion leaders known for their distinctive taste in fashion and culture. Kara earned the distinction of being named to Western Interiors and Design's 'The List,' which recognizes those designers whose work is helping to "reshape" the new American West. She was honored by Metropolitan Home as a part of their 'Design 100,' was chosen as one of domino magazine's 'domino 10,' and received the Chicago chapter of Fashion Group International's 'Rising Star Award,' which recognizes those who've made a distinct mark in the local design community.
Kara's work has appeared numerous times in such highly-regarded publications as Architectural Digest , The New York Times , Traditional Home , House Beautiful , Metropolitan Home , Western Interiors and Design , Design Bureau Magazine and The Chicago Tribune , to name a few. Her work has also been featured in several design books, including Metropolitan Home’s "Glamour, Making it Modern" and Linda O'Keeffe’s recently published "Brilliant: White in Design." Kara has been selected to participate in several interior design showcases, such as Metropolitan Home’s Showtime House in New York, and has served on several esteemed design panels, including the Details magazine panel at La Cienega Design Quarter panel and the Interiors magazine West Week Panel, both in 2010.
A native of Evanston, IL, Kara received her B.A. from Tulane University and later continued her education at Harrington Institute of Interior Design, from which she recently received a Distinguished Alumni Award. She resides in New York City and Chicago.
Chicago, IL, US
New York, NY, US