Usable Sculptures by Anna Karlin

­­New York-based multidisciplinary designer Anna Karlin describes her furniture and lighting creations as ‘usable sculptures’.

Karlin worked as an art director in London before moving to New York in 2010. Her talents stretch from cosmetics packaging to jewellery and set design, but it’s her furniture and lighting that has captured the greatest attention.

Karlin’s sculptural designs share a simple material palette of wood, brass, glass and ceramic. Her output includes sculptural pendant lights, such as the Trio Spear Pendant Light, which features three lights balanced by a satin black cone light source at one end and a hand-blown white glass orb on the other.

Her Curved Chaise design is made from solid steel that carefully bent into a perfect reclining angle with elegant bolsters for cushioning. Karlin’s Chess Piece stools and armchairs, made from wood and brass, are sculptural designs shaped just as their name suggests.

“I want my work to act as sculptures in a room,” Karlin has said. “They don’t seek to dominate but should be a pleasant surprise or an unexpected element in an eclectic tableau, however clean or complex that might be.”

Karlin’s ability to work across so many mediums presents endless design possibilities.

“The studio has become this amazing bubble where we can produce what we want when we want,” Karlin has said. “There’s not one thing we don’t know how to make or get made.”

We look forward to seeing what’s next.

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