Clever Episode 131: Interior Designer Kara Mann
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On this episode of Clever podcast, Amy Devers talks to Kara Mann, who was born and raised in Chicago IL, steeped in an environment of creativity, elegance and resourcefulness. An entrepreneur at heart, Kara would sell CDs to fund projects and lie about her age to work restaurant shifts. Now she runs her own studio and has racked up clients like Virgil Abloh, Goop and several luxury hotels. She’s just launched a collection with CB2 and a line of home essentials called Kept. The Wall Street Journal aptly calls her a “spark plug in the world of design.”


Kara Mann for CB2: Slip Duck Canvas Bed, Broad Sprayed Concrete Nightstand, Clutch Mauve Bench

Kara Mann for CB2

Chelsea Hotel design by Kara Mann

Chelsea Hotel design by Kara Mann

Kept by Kara Mann

Kept by Kara Mann

Read Kara Mann’s Friday Five here and view her CB2 collection at

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Jaime Derringer, Founder + Executive Editor of Design Milk, is a Jersey girl living in SoCal. She dreams about funky, artistic jewelry + having enough free time to enjoy some of her favorite things—running, reading, making music, and drawing.