I’ve long admired interior designer Kara Mann. I was able to work on a story or two with her back when she was based in Chicago. She’s since moved to New York City, and no surprise, has become an interior superstar.
The Kara Mann x CB2 collection just dropped. Kara Mann was inspired by her 1980s childhood in designing the 74-piece collection of furniture and accessories. The high contrast collection is simultaneously edgy and feminine, with the tiniest touch of boho. Silhouettes have some Art Deco influences and even a hint of Shabby Chic.
Here are Kara Mann x CB2 curated rooms, along with some products picks for your viewing and shopping pleasure.
Is your bedroom a haven? It should be, especially if your kids will be homebound this fall. StyleCarrot partner Serena & Lily is having a sale on pretty much everything you would want for a serene bedroom makeover.
All bedding, beds, headboards, nightstands, and dressers are on sale at Serena & Lily through the end of Tuesday, August 18, 2020. They’ve also jintroduced 150+ new arrivals across multiple categories, including bedding, sofas, outdoor furniture, wallpaper, and accessories.
Serena & Lily’s coastal Cali vibe meshes well with New England coastal sensibilities and can freshen up tired, traditional decor too.
Ann Arbor-based painter Mia Risberg got in touch with me earlier this summer about a project she did with Los Angeles-based photographer Jessica Chappe. The artists met through this project, organized by Shoebox PR, a support network for artists in Los Angeles. The work was completed between April 16,2020 and May 31,2020.
During the pandemic, they met remotely to collaborate on a series of responses to each other’s work. The creations reflect their life experiences while in lockdown. Risberg and Chappe created a series called “Inside World” consisting of 12 photographs and 12 paintings, each a reflection, reaction, interpretation, iteration of the other.
Mia Risberg shares a bit about her experience: I found the quick turnaround (24 hours) helpful because it encouraged spontaneity and an intuitive approach to painting. At first my paintings seemed to be responses to colors or patterns in Jessica’s photographs. Quickly though, they evolved . . . Although the figures appear introspective and isolated they also seem to merge with the natural world.
If you know me/follow me, you can see this is very in line with my taste in art. I like to call this genre, of which I have many in my personal collection, obscured females. You can see hundreds of images in line with these on my Female Figures in Art Pinterest board.
Here are four pairs of art from “Inside World” by Jessica Chape (photos) and Mia Risberg (paintings).
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Cane chairs have widespread versatility. They work with traditional, transitional, modern, and contemporary decor, in urban, suburban, country, mountain, and coastal environments. If you’re wondering, cane is the exterior skin of the rattan stalk, which grows in Asia and Africa.
Cane furniture was made as early as the 2nd century in India and China. However, cane furniture didn’t become popular in Europe until in the mid- 17th century, when the East India Company imported it.
Cane was typically used for seating by that time, though a woven cane bed was buried in Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1323 BCE. Fast forward to the Anglo-Indian style of cane chair, then thank Michael Thonet for his modern application. Thonet’s No. 14 bentwood café chair remains a staple today.
Le Corbusier said this about Thonet’s revolutionary chair: “Never was a better and more elegant design and a more precisely crafted and practical item created.”
Here is a range of cane seating. There are casual coastal cane pieces perfect for a beach house on either coast; country chair styles with cane seats; Scandinavian style cane chairs that take inspiration from mid-century modern influences; and elegant cane chairs suitable for urban applications.
Shop 50 styles of cane chairs from StyleCarrot partners:
Last week the founder/director of Collective 131, Cassandra Fiorenza, emailed me to tell me about this online art gallery, which exclusively features emerging female artists. I was excited to see that an artist I’ve worked with in the past, Patricia Spergel, is represented here.
Fiorenza launched Collective 131 in 2018. In addition to its online platform, exhibits at SPRING/BREAK Art Show, the Affordable Art Fair, and Superfine! Art Fair. The site offers artwork for sale, and also pulls together exhibitions.
The current online exhibition, “Personal Space” features art created during the last few months during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pieces have been hung in a virtual exhibition space that you can move through with your mouse/keyboard, so definitely check it out.
I pulled 10 paintings and works on paper from the new arrivals section of Collective 131, all of which are all for sale. You can click through for pricing, which is reasonable. I’ve purchased several pieces of art from various other initiatives during this time, which I’ll post on my Instagram account @StyleCarrotCurates when they arrive.