Anna Karlin’s Latest Drop Is a Poetic Assortment of Statuesque Furniture and Sinuous LightingWords by Olivia Lidbury
Like in a haute couture atelier in Paris, Anna Karlin and her team are constantly tinkering with new designs in her Tribeca studio.
“I think of it as Willy Wonka's factory of creativity,” jokes Anna, who established her eponymous brand in 2012. “I get to walk in and do whatever I like—it’s an absolute treat.” But while the fashion world runs to a predictably swift schedule, she doesn’t conform to seasonal ‘drops’, so no one ever quite knows when to expect a new collection.
Three years after her last big production, her latest endeavors finally emerged out of the shadows last fall to great fanfare. Highlights from the poetic assortment include wrought-iron counter stools with unique compositions for backrests; the Handkerchief Chandelier (whose dainty title defies its statuesque acrylic basin), and the irresistible Squidge Table Lamp. Of the latter’s bulbous proportions, formed of molten glass pierced by a hand-blown, white glass cone, she explains: “It’s based on a form that I’ve been working around for ages, and now it came into its right life.”
Choosing a favorite piece from the collection is impossible, but she is particularly proud of the Mulberry family, a handsome range of ceiling, wall, and floor lamps composed of sinuously-carved hardwood topped with elegant, silk globe shades. “You can design all you like, but from a technical standpoint, getting the right curve and angle, it feels like it's suddenly alive and has a personality. It’s so satisfying,” she says.
The Field Headboard marks both an exciting new product category and a discipline for Anna, who is best known for exquisite lighting and fine objects translated from her sculptures. Derived from her own abstract landscape paintings, she was partly inspired by the arts and crafts movement. “I was just enjoying painting and seeing where it went.” Doubling up as a captivating artwork for a bedroom, each piece is hand-embroidered in India and finished in Brooklyn.
For every piece in the new collection, there are countless others still being perfected until Anna deems that the moment is right. “It’s just like continuing the conversation—everyone is still at the dinner party and hasn’t left. They’re ready for round two.”