One to Watch: Anna Karlin, Architectural Digest, January 2013

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After graduating from the Glasgow School of Art’s graphics program in 2006, Anna Karlin took a position at a prominent design firm in her native London. Two days later she quit. “People are not put on earth to work within such a confined, one-dimensional expression of their creativity,” she says. It’s a bold statement, reflecting her refusal to allow her talent — or ambition — to be hemmed in. She landed at the diverse design agency Marmalade for a couple of years before relocating to New York City, where she now runs her own studio. Karlin bills herself as a “multidisciplinary art director,” tackling jobs ranging from cosmetics packaging to graphics for Thompson Hotels to a planned pop-up shop for H&M. Her attention-getting debut home collection, produced with local artisans, includes brass-finished stools based on chess pieces, elegant handblown glassware, and a workbench-inspired dining table. Karlin describes the made-to-order line—for sale on her website—as “traditional shapes refinished and retweaked.” Following several years of client-driven work, the collection is also a clear declaration of her independent design voice. annakarlin.com

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