Blogging Domino:04.07 - Kara Mann

Blogging Domino:04.07 - Kara Mann

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Janel Laban
Mar 27, 2007

The new Domino sat in our mailbox for a while. We were in NY, soaking in the city for four days and got home late last night. We haven't had a chance to really check out the mag yet, but one of our favorite Chicago designers is featured in the Domino 10, their lineup of 30-something (and one 24 year old) "decorators on the verge". Page 68: Kara Mann is lucky number 7 on the list, described as "the dramatist" by Domino. Mann and all of the decorators on the list include the information on their fees, something we are not accustomed to seeing in magazines. It looks like the days of mystery and inaccessibility to info surrounding how interior design works really are numbered. The listing of average prices per home and room, the hourly fee, as well as the markup percentages, are quite varied among the designers and pretty interesting... Our favorite room in the 2006 Dream Home at the Merchandise Mart, the bedroom, was designed by Mann. It was just edgy enough to be really interesting, while remaining ultimately luxurious. The room stood out but still fit in with the rest of the high end Mart-goods filled rooms. We had the same feeling with the Kara Mann designed table for the last Dining by Design - it was dark and gothic (ravens were part of the decor); the super dramatic take on the the one-night only dining experience seemed over-the-top, fun but still pretty... From the Domino mention:She also puts a premium on spareness, which she says gives objects space to breathe and is adamant about the value of gorgeous objects. "Having quality and beauty in your everyday life - that's true luxury". For more info on the Domino 10, see the April issue of Domino. For more on Kara Mann, see karamann.com.
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