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Beam Signing Ceremony Marks Progress for New “Artistry” Development Downtown

Milhaus Development held its Beam Signing Ceremony yesterday for the new downtown apartment complex, Artistry, at 451 E. Market Street. Mayor Greg Ballard, members of Indianapolis Downtown Inc. and other city leaders held the signing at the $26 million mixed-use project.


Mayor Greg Ballard speaks at the event in front of the rising development.

Mitsch Design is responsible for the interior architecture and branding of the building. The former two-story structure is being transformed into a five-story icon of mixed use space with 258 apartments and up to 68,000 square feet of commercial space. An open third floor pool and recreation deck will provide dramatic views of downtown. The plan also includes an art gallery, theatre, café, wellness studio, and outdoor kitchen. Two interior courtyards will include a fountain, vegetable garden, bocce court, putting green and sitting areas.


Jeryl Mitsch, founder of Mitsch Design, signs the beam.

A rendering of the rooftop pool and lounge area from

A rendering of the rooftop pool and lounge area from

Mayor Ballard shared his support of the project at the beam signing ceremony.

“It is really another connecting development as I like to say. When you look at what we have from City Market and Mass Ave neighborhood… so much of this fills in a gap that really needs to be filled in. That is extremely important as we continue to increase the density of our downtown.

To learn more about the development and leasing information, visit the Artistry website and watch the news recap below.

Mitsch Design is located in suite 213 on the second floor of the Indiana Design Center.

City leaders sign beam for new apartments

The Meridian-Kessler Home Tour Celebrates 40 Years

mkhometour-logoThis year’s Meridian-Kessler Home & Garden Tour marks 40 years of showcasing hundreds of homes – from large, prestigious estates to cozy bungalows and cottages.  The 2013 tour will feature 7 homes and gardens in one of the city’s most historic neighborhoods.  Tour homes are selected for their interior and exterior design as well as their distinguishing architectural elements.  Tour proceeds support MKNA (Meridian-Kessler Neighborhood Association) and its revitalization efforts.

The tour will run Saturday and Sunday, June 8th and 9th, 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Tour tickets can be purchased the day of the event for $20 at any tour home.  Pre-sale tickets are available for $15 online at or by visiting any of the following locations starting May 15th:

Fresh Market – 54th and College
G. Thrapp Jewelers – 56th and Illinois
Café Patachou – all locations
National Bank of Indianapolis – 49th and Pennsylvania

MKNA has offered the IDC blog readers a sneak peek of what the tour has in store for this year’s guests.  Enjoy the following room shots and mark your calendar for June 8th or 9th!

Weller Home - Dining Room

Weller Home – Dining Room

Weller Home - The Great Room

Weller Home – The Great Room

The Weller Home

Weller Home – Sitting Room

Mackey Home - Master Bath

Mackey Home – Master Bath

Mackey Home - Dining Room

Mackey Home – Dining Room

Opening Weekend for the Decorators’ Show House & Gardens

Indianapolis’ premier Show House event opens this weekend as the St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild welcomes the public to the 52nd Decorators’ Show House and Gardens!

The historic Schnull-Rauch house and grounds have been refreshed by top design professionals in the state and tours run April 27th through May 12th.  Check out the video below to learn more about the history of this iconic Indianapolis home and for a preview of what you will see when you visit the 2013 Show House.

Visit to purchase tickets and for additional details.


Sample Sale: April 12 & 13

Sample Sale

Open to the Public
10+ Showrooms Featuring Endless Choices & Unique Finds at Up to 50% Off

2 Days Only – April 12th & 13th

With the arrival of spring, showrooms at the Indiana Design Center are making room for new merchandise and floor models through a building-wide Sample Sale. The Sample Sale at the Indiana Design Center runs two days only and will feature designer furniture and home goods with significant markdowns.  Products range from well known designer brands to one-of-a-kind pieces made in Indiana.  All items are sold and purchased through the individual showrooms.
The Sale Runs:
Friday, April 12th – 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday, April 13th – 10 am to 3 pm


Key Information:

  • Up to 50% Off
  • 10+ participating businesses
  • Items are priced as marked
  • Items sold as is
  • All sales are final
  • Certain restrictions may apply among participating businesses

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Meet Bill Ohs at Conceptual Kitchens on March 6th

Conceptual Kitchens logoConceptual Kitchens & Millwork, a design firm and showroom located on the first floor of the IDC, is excited to welcome you to meet Bill Ohs of William Ohs Cabinetry while he visits the showroom on Wednesday, March, 6th.

Bill will be in the showroom from 10 am to 3 pm – please come by to say hello to one of the most influential cabinet designers of our time!



About Bill Ohs:  Beginning nearly 40 years ago in a three-car garage shop, Bill Ohs began his business handcrafting custom built-in libraries and casework for residential customers. In 1972, he founded the company Wm Ohs, Inc., which today is the leading national manufacturer of luxury, quality kitchens that feature classic European and American cabinetry stylings.

As an industry pioneer, Bill Ohs developed a unique method of casework construction using European, frameless 32mm system techniques to create traditional furniture appearances without the unsightly aspects of modularity.

Today, Wm Ohs products are distinguished not only by their furniture finishes and wonderful character, but also by their careful engineered design, innovative interior components, exterior detailing, and their incomparable quality.

Bill Ohs remains the company’s creative director. With a passion for design and artisanal work in his heart, Bill combines the quest for product perfection with a persistent creative energy. This enthusiasm translates into the company’s foundational vision: “To provide customers with the most elegant, classic kitchens made in America.”

Interior Design Students from Indiana University Visit the IDC

It was an exciting Friday as the IDC welcomed a class of IU seniors to the design center.  The Interior Design students are in the early stages of a Healthcare design project that will carry through the spring semester.  The class is led by Barb Young, IIDA, LEED, AP who also serves on the IDC Advisory Board.

From the outset, students in IU’s Interior Design program are encouraged to see themselves as preparing to enter the design profession — using their education as a model for their subsequent work experience. Their healthcare design project is a great example of that, so the IDC connected the students with businesses and professionals in the building who could share real world insight and examples with them.

Santarossa’s project portfolio expands beyond the best healthcare facilities in the state, The Premier Group is on the leading edge of home technology/automation, and commercial interior architecture firm, Mitsch Design, creates design solutions for clients that range from Corporate, Healthcare, Higher Education, Hospitality, Multi-Family, Industrial, and Faith-Based organizations.  Discussions between the students and these professionals offered valuable learning opportunities and created professional connections.

The visit also included tours through the entire facility and an overview of what it has to offer them as students and professionals, like the IDC Ambassadors program and educational events.

If you are interested in coordinating a student tour of the IDC, contact IDC Director of Design Community Relations, Tom Vriesman.

Seniors in the IU Interior Design Program Visit the IDC

Seniors in the IU Interior Design Program Visit the IDC


Drapery Street Inventory & Sample Sale Event

Drapery Street is starting off the New Year with its Inventory and Sample Sale Event.  The sale runs through January 31st, 2013.  Along with up to 80% in savings, you can enjoy Free Installation of any Hunter Douglas products through the sale event.

Sale Items Include:

  • Select Drapery Planels312346_10151350452672867_710085058_n
  • Hunter Douglas Motorized Shades
  • Fabric
  • Remnants
  • Trims
  • Pillows
  • Shades





IDC Holiday Open House and Walter Knabe Handbag Trunk Show

On December 12th, friends, clients, showrooms and design professionals gathered to celebrate the season. The IDC was filled with food, seasonal refreshments and holiday cheer. Showrooms had special promotions and Walter Knabe Studios hosted a trunk show for its new handbag collection.

During the trunk show, ten percent of all of proceeds went to The Cheer Guild of Riley Hospital for Children.

The festive evening was hosted in partnership with Sophisticated Living Magazine and Carmel Arts and Design District.

Stay tuned with the IDC calender for upcoming events in 2013!

Larry Mitsch, Jeryl Mitsch, Dianne Wright and Tim Wright enjoyed catching up. Both Jeryl and Dianne’s design practices are located at the IDC.

Walter Knabe and Eric Reynolds

Guests enjoy the latest creations from Jill Duzan

Always great to see new and familiar faces at the IDC!


IDC Hours for New Year’s Eve & Day

Please note the IDC will close at 5 pm on Monday, New Year’s Eve.  Individual showroom hours vary on Monday – please visit the IDC Directory Page for showroom contact information.

The IDC and all businesses will be closed all day in observance of New Year’s Day on January 1st.

Have a safe and Happy New Year!

IDC Holiday Open House & Walter Knabe Handbag Trunk Show


The Indiana Design Center is pleased to welcome guests to the IDC for a special Holiday Open House featuring a Walter Knabe Handbag Trunk Show Event and Special Holiday Promotions in participating Showrooms.  Details include:

Walter Knabe Handbag Collection Trunk Show

Showroom Promotions*

*Certain restrictions apply on all promotions.  See showroom for details.

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Thanksgiving Weekend & Small Business Saturday

The Indiana Design Center would like to wish you a happy Thanksgiving and great weekend with family and friends.

In observance of the holiday, the IDC will be closed on Thursday, November 22nd.

The IDC will re-open on Friday.  Please note only select showrooms will re-open on Friday: Ferguson, Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs and Royal Gallery of Rugs.

Join us Saturday to shop “Small Business Saturday”.  Visit participating showrooms to kick-start your holiday shopping, work on your dream room project and support independently owned businesses!

“Small Business Saturday” was founded by American Express in 2010 to help small businesses get more exposure during one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year. As an incentive for “Small Business Saturday,” American Express card holders have the opportunity to get $25 back one time when they spend $25 or more at qualifying small business locations on November 24. To take advantage of this offer, card holders must enroll their cards at before November 24. Enrollments are limited so act early before enrollments run out.

Santarossa Anniversary Sale Event

In November 2011, Santarossa opened its brand new showroom doors at the Indiana Design Center.  Since then, homeowners and design professionals across central Indiana and beyond have visited the showroom to make design selections ranging from specialty tile to granite to exotic natural stones and more.

To celebrate its One Year Anniversary, Santarossa has launched an Anniversary Sale event through December 22, 2012.  Stop in soon to enjoy 20% off all in stock natural stone countertops and work with an excellent team of professionals who will guide you along the way.  Santarossa is located in suite 117 on the first floor of the Indiana Design Center and open Monday – Friday, 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm.

Check out the video from Santarossa’s Grand Opening Party in November 2011!

Sherwin Williams 4-Day Super Sale!

Have a painting project on your list?  Stock up on your essentials through the Sherwin Williams 4-Day Super Sale and start your project this month.  Find a store near you at

Remodeling Challenges: Managing the Surprises

CASE Design/Remodeling has offered to share their expertise and experience with a recent remodeling project via a guest blog post.  Enjoy!

Here at Case Design/Remodeling Indy, we talk constantly about how each one of our remodeling projects is unique. Working within an existing home is a very different animal than building new. You never know what you are going to find once demolition starts. Also, as new home design trends emerge, remodelers must figure out how to build them into existing spaces. Therefore, on-the-job creativity and experienced problem-solving are vital to the success of remodeling projects. We were particularly reminded us of this truth on one of our recent bathroom projects.

The homeowners had run across an unusual design on one of their trips to Las Vegas and wanted to incorporate it into their new Master Bath.  Of course, our designer was up for the challenge. Because the CaseIndy design process is intended to work within the unique aspects of each project, our designer was able to make the special configuration work within their space and budget limitations. Through extensive on- and off-site conversations with the homeowners, precise measurements taken by our own staff, the use of 3-D modeling tools, and a deep knowledge of design, construction, and materials, we were able to give our clients the design they were looking for.

3-D Rendering of Master Bath Design

Once the construction process began, the creativity and know-how of our carpenters was put to the test. Although our design process is very good at mitigating job site surprises, the introduction of new materials or designs is always a bit of a wild card. In this case, our very experienced tile craftsman was working with an unfamiliar tub and shower configuration. Once installation of the cement board sheets, tiles, thresholds and tub deck began, he realized some tweaks to the original design were required to ensure a water-tight and functional finish. A less-experienced craftsman may not have been savvy enough to recognize the potential problems. Just like for every CaseIndy project, our people made the difference in providing our clients with a successful remodel rather than a future nightmare.

Upcoming Event: To learn more about the Remodeling process and CaseIndy, attend an upcoming Kitchen & Bath Remodeling Seminar on October 25th or 27th at the Indiana Design Center. Click here for details.

Ducati Exhibit at IDC & Carmel Artomobilia – August 25th

All are welcome to visit the Indiana Design Center on Saturday, August 25th from 10 am to 4 pm to enjoy Ducati and other Italian motorcycles on display inside the Grand Hall of the design center and enthusiast and collector cars parked along Range Line Road as a part of the IU Health North Hospital Carmel Artomobilia Celebration of Automotive Art & Design.

Special Attractions:

  • Enjoy home theater demonstrations and cutting-edge home automation products in The Premier Group’s Electronic Lifestyles showroom while viewing the 2012 Red Bull Indianapolis GP motorcycle race from August 19, 2012.
  • Coats-Wright Art & Design, a gallery located on the first floor of the Design Center, will have a special “Rust & Renaissance” exhibit of sculpture made from recycled truck tailgates by artist Michael Kalish.
  • Walter Knabe Studio will be showcase a painted canvas version of the 2010 INDY500 program design by Knabe; all guests may enter to win an autographed poster replica of the 2010 INDY500 program in a drawing open to the public.
  • Shop first floor retail showrooms which feature resources for the home ranging from stylish drapery designs to rugs and specialty tile.

Italian Ducati motorcycles illustrate sinuous, seductive and flexible lines with a permanent, timeless quality that sets an unsurpassable standard.

Artomobilia crowds outside Indiana Design Center.


Indianapolis Design Professionals Visit NeoCon 2012

A group of Indianapolis design professionals recently returned from a one day trip to NeoCon 2012.

Sponsored by Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs, senior designer with J. Baker Interiors, Patrick Schmidt ASID, RID joined a busload of local design professionals to NeoCon to explore, experience, and educate themselves on this year’s newest products.  Featured products spanned a wide range of categories including: architectural products, artwork and accessories, building products and services, fabric, floor coverings, furnishings, kitchen and bath, lighting, outdoor furniture, stone and tile, sustainable design products, technology, textiles and wall coverings.

Herman Miller ® Eames Aluminum Group Executive Chair

Schmidt was sure to check out the first floor of the Merchandise Mart, featuring the Herman Miller Lounge in the South Lobby. Herman Miller, Inc. celebrated multiple honors during the annual event.  The annual Best of NeoCon awards for product, juried by interior design and facility management professionals who reviewed more than 350 entries, acknowledged Geiger’s Clamshell Chair Collection with the Gold award in the Conference Seating category, and Herman Miller’s Setu Conference Stool with the Silver award. Herman Miller also earned an Innovation award for their complete re-engineering of the Eames Aluminum Group chairs with new materials and finish options suitable for the outdoors.

A hot topic floating around the Merchandise Mart at this year’s NeoCon was that Skyline Design was previewing its newest collection of architectural glass, designed by Dorothy Cosonas and KnollTextiles. Skyline Design is the premier producer of sustainable architectural glass, mirrors, and children’s furniture in North America.  The KnollTextiles Glass Collection is an iconic collection of seven patterns that rediscover the nonchalant luxury of classic textiles. Linear, undulating, textural, playful, and organic designs translate textile weaves onto glass with a range of scales and opacities.

The KnollTextiles® Glass Collection

The KnollTextiles® Glass Collection

Two of the five patterns in the collection, Divineand Enchantment, were designed by Dorothy Cosonas, Creative Director at KnollTextiles. Known for combining clean, clear color with modern, elegant patterns and textures in her textile designs, Dorothy Cosonas is influenced by her passion for fine art and international fashion. “Inspiration for the KnollTextiles line comes from a range of sources, from nature and travel to fashion and art,” said Ms. Cosonas. Cosonas was the recipient of numerous awards, including Gold at Best of NeoCon.

An official product launch of The KnollTextiles Glass Collection will occur in the Fall of 2012.

Floor coverings and outdoor furniture weren’t the only featured items at this year’s attraction. The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) was excited to announce Style Your Sole at NeoCon’s three day event. Schmidt, an ASID member, was able to participate in the community outreach event that invited conference attendees to style more than 200 pairs of TOMS shoes.  The decorated shoes were distributed to children at Channing’s Child Care in Chicago on June 13th.

For more information about what was unveiled at NeoCon 2012, visit



About NeoCon
The National Exposition of Contract Furnishings and North America’s largest contract furnishings trade show, returned June 11-13 to Chicago’s Merchandise Mart for its 44th year with an expertly crafted line-up of show components developed to educate, inspire and engage the design world. With approximately more than 40,000 attendees, 120 CEU-accredited seminars, thousands of new products from more than 700 of the world’s top manufacturers, and perhaps the most impressive line-up of keynote speakers to date, NeoCon 2012 delivered three days of pure energy bursting with new innovations, resources and networking opportunities.

CASE Design/Remodeling offers free kitchen and bath remodeling seminars

Summer is home remodeling time in Greater Indianapolis, which leads to many homeowner questions about the nuts and bolts of these complicated projects. CASE Design/Remodeling is hosting free, informative 90-minute seminars, providing homeowners with the basic building blocks, plus tried and true advice on what to expect from a remodeling experience.

Larry Greene, president and owner of Case, will explore the latest design trends, show examples of what others in our area are doing, explain how to prepare for a remodel, and discuss the ins and outs of project timelines and budgeting.

The first weekday seminar will be held at the beautiful Indiana Design Center at 200 South Rangeline Road in Carmel on Thursday, June 7 from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Complimentary appetizers will be served. The second opportunity is a Saturday morning seminar on June 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., also held at the Indiana Design Center. This event features a complimentary breakfast. Space is limited, so reservations are being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

CASE Design/Remodeling owner Larry Greene will provide expert advice on how to prepare for a remodeling project. You will learn about:

∙     The latest kitchen & bath design trends
∙     Three levels of remodeling 
                    (cosmetic, pull and replace and custom)
∙     Timelines & Budgeting
∙     Living through a remodeling project

Each seminar offers special discounts and a door prize drawing in which one lucky winner will receive two free hours of home maintenance and repair services. Since 2009, Case has offered popular monthly seminars relating to home remodeling and renovation.

Please RSVP to reserve your space for the seminar of your choice. Please register at or by calling (317) 846-2600.


CASE Design/Remodeling is continuously offering free seminars throughout the year.  Check out our  events calendar to see when you would like to attend.

2012 Indianapolis Monthly Dream Home

Exterior of Home


The 2012 Indianapolis Monthly Dream Home, built by Scott B. Campbell Custom Homes, Remodeling & Developments with interior design by the Savvy Decor team,  is the ultimate collaboration of designers from all around Indianapolis contributing their talents to the 10,000-square-foot blank canvas waiting for them in Laurel Ridge, an Encore Sotheby’s International Realty development.  The project benefits the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana.

Linda Mordoh

Linda Mordoh, owner of Savvy Decor, led the design team.

This year, the designers of the Dream Home took an uncommon approach to designing the home by painting all of the walls a simple white. “The architecture in the house is so beautiful. The white walls help accentuate all of the beautiful arches and detailing in the home,” said Linda Mordoh, owner of Savvy Decor, in an interview with Indianapolis Monthly.

However, there is no lack of color to be found in the home. “Even though the walls are white, we wanted to show that you could throw in the color. You can still have lots of color with white walls,” Mordoh said in the interview.  While white walls and cream trim dominate the home, every surface in the home is natural stone or wood. Additionally, the white walls create the perfect display for a variety of art pieces showcased throughout the home, including work by Walter Knabe*.

Some of the most notable portions of the home include the kitchen, an open floor design by Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork*, as well as the owner’s suite and the art studio. The suite’s accessories and furniture make the room a luxurious retreat for any owner, while the baths are split between ‘his’ and ‘hers’ providing an elegant bath with majestic chandeliers and heated floors. The art studio features a gallery of cheerful and colorful paintings by local fine artist Barry Lantz*.

Lighting throughout home was provided by Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery*, while bedrooms were furnished with bed frames and mattresses by Holder Mattress Co*. On the exterior of the home, the Outdoor Environments Group* contributed to landscaping while Architectural Brick & Tile designed the stonework around the house both inside and outside.

Overall, the home provides an elegant balance of vibrancy, warmth and simplicity and thousands are expected to visit the newly designed home during the 16-day tour. Learn more about the home and reserve your tickets online today!

Tour Details

June 2nd – June 17th
12 pm to 6 pm Sunday – Thursday | 11 am to 7 pm Friday – Saturday
$10 in advance via | $12 at the door

*denote businesses located at Indiana Design Center

A Look Inside this Year’s Decorators’ Show House & Gardens

The 2012 Decorators’ Show House & Gardens is now open and runs through May 13th, 2012!

The annual project, sponsored by St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild, features work by several local designers and landscape architects – with the help of financial sponsors and donors of in-kind services – who completely restore classic homes in order to raise funds for Wishard Health Services. The homes are introduced to the public for tours and viewing before and after the restoration. Over the past 50 years, the Guild has raised more than $10 million dollars for Wishard Health Services.

Please enjoy this video which provides a preview of the Tobias home, story behind the 51 years of the Show House and impact the project has on the Indianapolis community.

Visits and tours begin on April 28th and last through May 13th.
The hours on Tuesdays through Saturdays will be from 11am to 5pm, and Sundays from 12pm to 5 pm, while the house will remain closed on Mondays. Visit to learn more.

Coats-Wright Art & Design Joins Arts & Design District Gallery Association

This month, the Carmel Arts & Design District IU Health North Hospital Second Saturday Gallery Walk will include Coats-Wright Art & Design Gallery, located at Indiana Design Center, as one of the featured stops among downtown Carmel’s art galleries. The Gallery Walk is Saturday, April 14th and Coats-Wright will be open from 5 pm to 8 pm. To view  a map of a typical gallery walk, click here.

Coats-Wright Art & Design opened their doors for the first time in May 2011 on the first floor of the Indiana Design Center, open to both the public and trade professionals. It is managed by Jane Coats-Eckert and Dianne Wright.

The gallery features an eclectic mix of paintings and sculptures by regionally and nationally known artists, both traditional and modern, whose works span the 19th century to present. Among those are T.C. Steele, C. W. Mundy, Janet Scudder, Boaz Vaadia and internationally recognized Robert Rauschenberg.  Coats-Wright Art & Design also introduced two artists, painter Eric Forstmann and sculptor Michael Kalish, who are gaining national and international recognition. Their space also showcases antiques from R. Beauchamp Antiques and oriental rugs by Sarver’s.

Additionally, the business features interior design services by Dianne Wright. Wright takes a uniquely art-focused approach to her design; “we want art to drive the design project, not be an afterthought,” Wright said.

“I hope we can make everyone feel welcome,” Wright said, “I’ve been in galleries that are so stale and unapproachable.  I didn’t want that to happen here and I don’t think it has.  People come in and aren’t afraid to poke around.”

Dianne Wright, Coats-Wright Art & Design

The Carmel Arts & Design District Gallery Association features local, regional, national, and international artists that work in the styles of impressionism, abstract impressionism, Italian-Baroque, plein air, realism, neo-realism, and a range of contemporary art. The gallery walks allow visitors to the District to enjoy a weekend activity filled with merchant events, entertainment, culture, and shopping – often with guest appearances by international and local artists. Other galleries included in the walk include ArtSplash Gallery, Renaissance Fine Art & Design Gallery, Atlas Fantasy Art House, Evan Lurie Gallery, Eye on Art Gallery, Soori Gallery, Trilridge Fine Art, and French Bleu Gallery. For more information, visit the District’s website.

2012 Legends IN Design Award Recipient Announced

 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).

Indianapolis Art & Antiques Show Shines in its 25th Year

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 for more information about this year’s 25th Anniversary Indianapolis Art & Antiques Show.

An Inside Look at the 25th 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

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 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!

Top Items to be Premiered at Swanky Sale

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.comTo 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.