London born, New York based art director Anna Karlin prides herself on not being pigeon-holed. This is a philosophy that sits well in the Big Apple where her line of furniture and textiles has received a very warm welcome.
Karlin’s ethos for her furniture and textile pieces is simple ‘Would I want it in my house?’… and if the answer to this is ‘yes’, she finds the best local craftspeople to help her realize her visions. Logistically, this enables her to have a close relationship with the production. It also ensures these skills are supported, as she states “If you’re actually employing someone fairly for the skills that they are so amazing at, that is a really worthwhile thing to spend your money on.”
This philosophy resonates in furniture pieces such as the lovingly detailed ‘Beauty Bar’ with it’s drawers individually numbered in brass and inlaid into ash timber, folding precisely away into an exquisite cylinder. The ‘Chess Stool’ of rolled steel with brass is hand-rubbed to create a layered patina. The ‘Parchment Stools’ are lathed wood upholstered in parchment, giving them their beautiful cloudy surface. Karlin’s tableware of glass, ceramics and brass ‘Bar Tools’ are pieces to ruminate on while enjoying a great meal with friends. And it’s this quietness of spirit that translates well into her textiles.
This sassy lass is very headstrong about the fluidity of disciplines, a great idea is a great idea whatever the medium. We will drink to that.
Credits: Anna Karlin