Blog | May 15, 2017
Kara Mann |LHA Pursuits

Kara Mann

Interior designer and creative director

Kara Mann is the founder and creative director of KARA MANN, the design firm she established in Chicago in 2005. In 2011, she expanded her firm to Manhattan, where she continues to work with an international roster of discerning clients and industry leaders on both residential and commercial projects. The New York Times describes her signature style, a balance of sophistication and edge, as “interiors with a subversive side.”


In addition to numerous residential projects, Mann is currently working on a major renovation and re-imaging of the boutique Talbott Hotel in Chicago. In addition, she recently launched a new line of furniture for the venerable American brand, Baker Furniture.


Follow Kara Mann: @karamanndesign

Kara Mann

Kara Mann got her start in Chicago after studying fine art, with a focus on ceramics, at Tulane University. She received a degree in interior design from the Harrington School of Interior Design. Continually inspired by her education and background in the arts, Mann’s style draws on contemporary art and architecture with a result that is both cutting edge and timeless. We asked Kara to pick her favorite items from our upcoming May 23 and 24 fine art auctions.

Kara Mann Mary Ellen Mark

Regarding this Mary Ellen Mark photograph, Kara also said, “everything about this photo captures the 1970’s so well – from the backdrop of the graffiti to the attitudes and outfits of the two men. And I love anything from the 70’s.”

Kara Mann Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin’s The Hug connected with Kara; “I love how this photo captures such an intimate moment without revealing much at all. And that arm…there’s just something about that arm. It is so strong and masculine.”

Kara Mann Louise Nevelson

“It would be calming to have this at home,” said Mann of this Louise Nevelson collage. “You could stare at it for years and it would reveal itself slowly.”

Kara Mann O'Keefe

Regarding Georgia O’Keefe, Kara said, “No matter what she creates, her work is always strongly feminine. I relate to that.”

Kara Mann Robert Motherwell

Mann could easily envision this Robert Motherwell in her personal collection. She said, “The intensity of that specific hue of red layered with the energy of the black markings makes this a piece I’d want in my own collection.”

Kara Mann Alex Katz

About room scenes and this Alex Katz, Kara said, “They appeal to the designer in me. This one in particular has such a sweet simplicity.”


Tuesday, May 23, 2017 in Chicago  |  10AM


Tuesday, May 23, 2017 in Chicago  |  3PM


Wednesday, May 24, 2017 in Chicago  |  10AM


Friday, May 19,10am – 5pm
Saturday, May 20, 10am – 3pm
Sunday, May 21, 12pm – 4pm
Monday, May 22, 10am – 5pm

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