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A Closer Look at Kara Mann's Sleek Furniture Collection for Baker

The Property Addict / Luxury Lifestyle

Dec 10 2015

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The historic furniture brand taps Chicago- and New York"based cool girl Kara Mann to reinvigorate its Milling Road line

by Hannah Martin With her dark tousled hair, her fondness for Lanvin and leather, and a design style that relies on a moody mix of black and brass, Kara Mann is accustomed to being called edgy. But she doesn't quite agree. "I think of my work more as youthful and fresh," she counters. "I'm constantly looking for something new and invigorating. I'm like Madonna"�I always want to reinvent myself." Reinvention was exactly what the venerable furnishings company Baker had in mind when it tapped the Chicago- and New York"based designer to inject new life into its casual, more accessible Milling Road brand. Kicking off a complete relaunch, Mann has devised 54 pieces of furniture for the line, available for purchase starting in January. Defined by crisp, bold silhouettes, metallic accents, and earthy stone, the range conveys the same cool confidence exuded by the designer herself. The palette is dominated by black, white, and dusty purples and grays"�"I like colors that have a bit of dirt thrown in," she says with a laugh. Unconventional finishes and materials add a distinguishing bite. Glossy lacquer was applied to the doors of a sideboard with a striking wavy effect; shocks of jet-black and stark-white shearling cushion two walnut stools; and the dramatic partially shattered mirrors Mann used as props for the collection's recent debut at the Baker showroom in High Point, North Carolina, proved so popular that they'll be joining the line. But for all its forward-looking urbanity, the collection is squarely grounded in tradition, as Mann serves up her distinctive takes on timeless classics, including an inky caned armchair , a slipcovered dining chair accented with a playful pleat on one side, and tables and a vanity embellished with a chinoiserie pattern from the Baker archive. ACloser A3 A94 A1 A92 A7 A4 A8 A91 A93 A6 A9 A2 A95 A5

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