The Indiana Design Center proudly provides guest blog posts by design/building industry experts to bring IDC blog readers the most up-to-date information and spur new ideas. We recently spoke with Linda Rolfsen from California Closets to learn a little more about their products and services as well as their contribution to the 3Mass apartments in downtown Indianapolis. Stay tuned for even more information from California Closets about clients & customization, to be featured in next week’s blog post!
What advice and helpful information can you give to design professionals or homeowners who are unfamiliar with the wide range of services provided by California Closets?
Although closets are where we began 30 years ago, we are a leader in the industry of custom storage for all areas of the home; media centers, pantries, garages, offices, craft rooms, wall beds and unique spaces where a pre-fabricated item just won’t do. We offer a variety of accessories, finishes and design styles to fit a wide array of needs and décor. Even though we are locally owned and operated, we are a nationwide brand which means we can share ideas and new innovative products to ensure we can offer the best products available. We have also developed relationships with companies such as EFI, Element-Design and 3form who bring beautiful style to any home, and we offer products that are “green-friendly” and LEED creditable. Another benefit of working with California Closets is that we are a full-service company; design, production and installation of your project are handled by our in-house team and are backed by our Lifetime Warranty.
What is the most unique and memorable project California Closets has completed or helped complete for a homeowner, architect or designer?
There have so many amazing projects we have had the opportunity to work on; however, two that come to the forefront were projects we worked on in the 3Mass condos in downtown Indianapolis. We completed one unit that was featured in Indianapolis Monthly’s 2009 Dream Home and another unit for a resident which featured a custom hot-tub enclosure made in LAGO Milano Grey finish, as well as a state of the art master bedroom closet. Both projects were unique with creative design to add function while incorporating a very modern edge.
The Indiana Design Center proudly provides guest blog posts by design/building industry experts to bring IDC blog readers the most up-to-date information and spur new ideas. This week, General Shale Brick answers some questions about their nationally trusted masonry for both professional designers and creative homeowners.
The general impression of masonry is that it is used for large-scale projects like remodeling an entire home. What are some smaller project ideas that General Shale Brick can cater to?
For project ideas outside the home, we offer brick retaining walls, entry columns, brick sidewalks and patios. Inside the home, Thin Brick or Thin Rock can be used to remodel a kitchen or even give warmth to a home office or family room. You can finish a basement with brick, or use them as the perfect veneer to your personal wine cellar.
With the warm yet unpredictable weather quickly approaching, how can General Shale Brick help Indiana residents make outdoor living upgrades and decisions?
General Shale has expanded our product lines beyond the veneer of the home. We offer both clay and concrete pavers, concrete retaining wall systems, outdoor kitchen cabinets, outdoor landscape lighting, outdoor gas grills, mobile vane pergolas, as well as an extensive selection of outdoor fireplace, fire pit, and hardscape kits to make your outdoor living space the new “family room” of your home.
What is the most unique and memorable project General Shale Brick has completed or helped complete for a homeowner or architect?
Locally, we supplied the brick for the Indiana Historical Society building as well as Providence at Old Meridian and the Carmel City Center and fire station. Nationally, General Shale supplied the brick on the Olympic Stadium in Atlanta, Coors Ballpark in Denver, and the addition to the residence of the Vice President of the United States located at the
Naval Conservatory in Washington, D.C.
To learn more about masonry and General Shale Brick’s products and services, visit their website at www.generalshale.com.
This March, the fourth annual Legends IN Design event will honor architect and designer Jonathan Hess for his iconic work for Eli Lilly, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, and many other notable architectures around Indianapolis.
The Legends IN Design event brings together professionals from all design industry disciplines, from architects and engineers to interior designers. This year’s event will be held on Thursday, March 22nd at 11 am, at the Deer-Zink Pavilion at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. It will consist of a luncheon along with an awards presentation, in which Jonathan Hess will be recognized.
Hess is currently the president of Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Architects, and is widely recognized within the industry for contributing his talents throughout Indianapolis. “From an early age, my aspirations turned toward architecture. I really didn’t have a clue of the full impact of that decision. It was a wonderfully naïve desire to design and build buildings, free from the realities of doing so,” Hess said in a press release. “I used to think the work was the building, the structure. But now I see it is really all the people it takes to transform an idea into something of substance.”
Hess is the fourth winner of the Legends IN Design award; past winners include the Indiana Design Center’s own Walter Knabe, as well as Sallie Rowland (Rowland Designs) and Wayne Schmidt (Schmidt Associates).
The Indiana Design Center would like to congratulate the Indianapolis Art & Antiques Show on its 25th Anniversary and extend its appreciation to those who have bettered the community through their dedication to the show.
Click the video box below to learn more about Indianapolis’ premier show, its impact on the community, and the many leaders behind it. Enjoy!
Check out IndyArtAndAntiques.com for more information about this year’s 25th Anniversary Indianapolis Art & Antiques Show.
This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Indianapolis Art & Antiques show. The show welcomes guests to explore a variety of antique and art exhibits from March 9th through the 11th inside the Marsh Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
The Indianapolis Art & Antiques Show includes its signature opening night Preview Party on March 8th. The party’s theme is “A Taste of Elegance” and will include an evening of live music, a silent auction, as well as fantastic food from more than 20 of Indy’s hottest restaurants and caterers. In addition, early shopping privileges for the show will run from 6 pm to 7 pm followed by shopping and live music from 7 pm to 10 pm. Tickets for the event are $75 per person, $125 per couple and $250 per foursome. If you are interested in attending the event tickets are currently available for purchase at IndyArtAndAntiques.com.
This year’s Art & Antique Show will exhibit antique china, art pottery, oriental rugs, vintage artifacts, bronze sculpture and so much more! For individuals who are unable to attend the show themselves, a personal shopping service is also available.
Friday, March 9 – 11 am – 7 pm
Saturday, March 10 – 11 am – 6 pm
Sunday, March 11 – 11 am – 4 pm
Special Events Schedule:
Preview and Party – March 8, 6 pm to 10 pm
Courtyard Special Events featuring Indiana Artists – March 10, 12:30 pm (Jennifer Mujezinovic) and 2 pm (Rita Spalding)
Friday Luncheon & Lecture – March 11, 10 am (Carleton Varney – “Mr. Color”)
Saturday Brunch & Lecture – March 12, 9:30 am (Cari Cucksey – HGTV’s “Cash and Cari”)
The Art & Antiques Show and special events require tickets which are available for purchase at IndyArtAndAntiques.com. All proceeds from the show will benefit IU Health Methodist Hospital and the Indianapolis community. Don’t forget to register for tickets now for your chance to experience this years show!
The Indiana Design Center welcomes the addition of Rosalind Brinn Pope Interior Design to its collection of design professionals and merchants that call IDC home. The design firm will be moving into a second floor studio space in March 2012.
Rosalind Brinn Pope has been creating custom designs in Indiana and North Carolina for over 20 years. She is renown for her classic, timeless designs and attention to detail. Rosalind works with your architecture, collections, and favorite furniture to create a home of comfort and grace, reflecting your lifestyle.
Rosalind is also a professional member of ASID. She has participated in numerous Indianapolis Dream Homes and Show Houses, and has been featured in Indianapolis Monthly Magazine.
Rosalind Brinn Pope Interior Design provides custom interior design services, with a specialty in fine fabrics:
- Complete interior design services, including interior space planning and design consultations
- Custom draperies, bedding, and upholstery in sumptuous fabrics and trimmings
- Fine furniture, lamps, flooring, and accessories
- Bed linens, including Egyptian cotton sheeting, duvet covers, and matelassé coverlets
For more information, please visit the design firm’s website.
Tangerine Tango (Pantone 18-2120), a bold shade of reddish-orange, is the 2012 color of the year, as recently announced on Pantone’s official website. “Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”
Throughout the years, the exotic color has become popular from fashion and cosmetics to interior design, adding a pop of color to any outfit, hairstyle or bedroom. This spring, many designers such as Tommy Hilfiger, Elie Tahari and Cynthia Steffe have already begun to embrace the color in their collections.
Similarly, showrooms at the Indiana Design Center carry a wide array of products needed to liven up your living spaces with the magnetic radiance of Tangerine Tango.
This past week, the Super Cars program showcased iconic Indy racecars representing each NFL team, giving football and racing fans a unique photo opportunity at many different locations throughout Indiana.
Indiana Design Center proudly played host to the San Francisco 49ers Super Car from February 2nd through the 5th in the Grand Hall, drawing crowds from all around the country. We’d like to give a special thanks to the NFL and Superbowl Host Committee for everything they have done for our city, and for allowing us to be a part of it all! It was exciting to see Indianapolis and the surrounding areas come to life as it celebrated one of the greatest weeks in sports, and we enjoyed meeting each and every visitor who came through our doors.
Indiana Design Center’s retail pop-up shop, The Swanky Abode, is hosting a preview sale from February 10th through the 11th featuring 5,000 square feet of hard-to-find mid-century modern home furnishings and accessories. The full collection will only be available to the Indianapolis community during this sale, after which The Swanky Abode will leave town and launch its online catalog of items available only through TheSwankyAbode.com. To kick-off the preview sale, they’ll be hosting a launch party on February 9th from 6 pm to 9 pm. Click here for details.
If you need more convincing, here are the three main reasons why you should not ignore this opportunity. We sat down with the family and discovered what some of the most popular items were, and what made them so great.
Harry Bertoia Bench
“For this priceless piece, when we say one of a kind, we truly mean one of a kind. There are not a whole lot of these originals floating around, as Harry Bertoia was mainly a sculptor and only did 1 line of furniture for Knoll. The Harry Bertoia Bench is one of the most beautiful benches we have seen. We bought this piece in New Jersey and had it restored to bring it back to its original state and find it a deserving home!” -Israel Jones
Hans Olsen Rocking Chair
“The Hans Olsen Rocking Chair is also a very unique, hard-to-find piece of furniture, as it was imported by DUX from Denmark. The chair is made of teak, retaining its original fun and happy fabric. Featuring its original hand-webbing, it feels as great as it looks! This is one of the most comfortable rocking chairs you will ever find, and it is the perfect design for the minimalist who loves comfort and appreciates a true piece of art.” -Israel Jones
Niels Moller Chairs
“These chairs are beautiful from every angle! They are teak and retain their original webbing. The Niels Moller chairs were also imported from Denmark. This chair is offered as a rare part of a set of 8, with 2 arm chairs. Niels Moller was known for hiding away the chairs he designed for a year and then bringing them back out the next year and tweaking them again. He would do this for 5 years before he released a new design. These were truly designed for comfort and look.” -Israel Jones
About The Swanky Abode
The Swanky Abode is a pop-up shop that originates from Columbus, Ohio, and its stay in the Indiana Design Center is for a limited time only. Its product line features a blend of both vintage and modern and it offers a lot of personality and variety. It is owned and managed by a fun and comfort-loving family, the Jones, who frequently travel the country in search of treasured relics as well as new designs. In addition to unique finds, the store also features charmingly chic home accessories like pillows, rustic jar vases and its very own candle line, Shine. Learn more about The Swanky Abode and the Jones family.
Saturday, January 21, 2012, The Premier Group opened its new showroom in the Indiana Design Center and celebrated with a grand opening open house. Visitors were welcome to stop in and see The Premier Group’s cutting edge automation, sounds and theater systems for the home. While guests dined on appetizers and cocktails from Blu Moon Café, they were encouraged to explore an array of engaging home entertainment and display solutions.
The Premier Group is an Indiana business committed to integrating technology and design for ease-of-use in everyday life. Their showroom, located on the first floor of the Indiana Design Center, features technology options from theater and surround systems, distributed video and home music systems to controlled lighting and shades, climate control, security systems and many more automation options.
If you were unable to attend the event the Indiana Design Center and The Premier Group invite you to stop by and see the showroom for yourself. For more information about The Premier Group feel free to check out their website and follow them on facebook and twitter.