Kara Mann’s CB2 Collection Is All About Contrast

“My room was black and white, with two types of Marimekko white-on-white patterned wallpaper,” the designer, who has offices in Chicago and New York City, says to AD PRO. “But in general, when I believe of the 80s, I think of black and white, with some insane main colors, polka dots, and some neon.” She jokes that with this 25-piece collection, which was 2 years in the making, she “held back on the polka dots and neon,” but she didnt hold back on the seemingly inconsistent but very on-point-for-that-decade mixing of soft and edgy silhouettes, frequently in the exact same piece. More apparent stylistic nods include the pattern-on-pattern Scrunch table lamp; the Muse coffee tables, pairing glass tops with mirrored bases; and the use of pleating– both on lampshades and a pouf.A black Scrunch Table Lamp.

” She jokes that with this 25-piece collection, which was two years in the making, she “held back on the polka dots and neon,” however she didnt hold back on the relatively contradictory but really on-point-for-that-decade blending of edgy and soft shapes, often in the very same piece. More obvious stylistic nods consist of the pattern-on-pattern Scrunch table lamp; the Muse coffee tables, matching glass tops with mirrored bases; and the use of pleating– both on lampshades and a pouf.A black Scrunch Table Lamp.
Picture: Courtesy of CB2Become an AD PRO MemberBuy now for unlimited access and all of the advantages that just members get to experience.ArrowWhile this is not Manns furnishings launching, as shes developed collections for both McGuire and Milling Road, it does mark the first time she had carte blanche on a line. “As a designer working for a customer, I wish to interpret their vision. So it was enjoyable to be able to dig in to who I am, and come up with this collection, and put it out there,” she keeps in mind. Her preferred piece, a skirted sofa, is unexpected for a female who has actually stated she “loves everything Chrome Hearts” and is often photographed clad in at least one leather item. “For years, Ive been bring around tear sheets of old-school ruffled sofas, however I wanted to make them more present and edgy. The shape of the couch is actually customized and minimal, but the ruffle is loose and flirty. Its the perfect mix of revers, and so comfortable; I cant wait to have it at my home.” Manns collection also marks a few firsts for CB2 Clients will have a choice of upholstery fabrics to choose, which has actually not been true in the past. (Those textiles are curated by Mann, in case you are questioning.) Carpets will also be readily available in sizes as big as 10 by 14 feet. Simply put, its an entire new, and bigger, world. A comfortable lounge chair.
Photo: Courtesy of CB2The skirted sofa.
Photo: Courtesy of CB2A table and chairs combo.
Picture: Courtesy of CB2.