Anna Karlin: witty and chic interior design

Furniture and homewares with strikingly simple appeal

British-born, New York-based designer Anna Karlin’s website will make you smile. Her furniture and homewares marry pared-back chic with a warmth and wit that makes them wonderfully striking, but never shoutily look-at-me.

Most of the e-shop is devoted to furniture, particularly seating. Among the standouts are the hand-carved black maple W chairs ($4,000 each, first picture) that play on the classic Windsor style; and the Milk Sling chair ($10,200) and matching day bed ($10,500) hewn from black maple, leather and bold Japanese textiles. Cold-rolled steel and brass chess stools with a hand-rubbed patina ($1,895 each, third picture) are made to order in the shopper’s choice of height and finish (metallic, parchment or wood).

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Glassware resembling lab vessels are perhaps Karlin’s most unusual pieces. Water carafes ($330 each) in matte beige, rose and azure are as functional as they are objets d’art, while her brass-stoppered Juliet vases ($320 each, second picture) would bring an elegant theatricality to the kitchen or bathroom.

Sculptural pendant lights have a calming harmony: a brushed-brass cone and a white glass orb balance at either end of the Short Plumb ($3,500) and Arc ($5,500) lights. The Sun Shade lamp sconce ($7,200) allows its reflective disc to be swivelled, while the Hoop & Stick table lamp ($3,985, fourth picture) is an ultra-chic internally-illuminated ring.

Last but not least come Karlin’s objects: solid bronze ornaments in the shape of arrowheads, talons and bones ($360 for a set of four); and a series of geometric wall hangers ($600 for three, fifth picture) with a slightly 1960s retro vibe.

Larger pieces are mostly made to order, but well worth the four to 10-week wait.

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