LUXE 2018 Celebrates the Best in Design

The Indiana Design Center recently presented its annual two-day home design event to celebrate the best in luxury design, sponsored by Victory Surfaces, on February 9 and 10, 2018.

The Friday evening event, “Setting the Table for Good Design”, kicked off the weekend, showcasing over 20 tabletop displays decorated by the state’s leading interior designers. The special guest speaker was designer and artist, Barry Lantz.

Barry Lantz and his daughter and business partner, Amanda Lantz.

Party attendees with Barry Lantz prints.

Barry, in a lively exchange with WTHR’s Julia Moffitt, shared his story of creative inspiration which started in small town Indiana. Inspired by his mother’s style and with his roots in furniture, design and art, he has built an impressive career that has led to a business partnership with his daughter, Amanda Lantz, and most recently, licensing partnerships with prominent design industry manufacturers like Kravet Inc.

The money raised in this ticketed event benefitted the Indiana Blind Children’s Foundation (IBCF), whose mission is to invest in children with visual impairments, so each child will thrive in school and daily life. The event also featured a pop-up art gallery, exhibiting student work from the School for the Blind as well as honoree Barry Lantz, with its proceeds also going toward the IBCF.

Tablescape design by David Jackson & Co.

Tablescape by Julie O’Brien Design Group

Tabletop design by Interior Design Therapy’s Angie Wilson.

The second day of the LUXE Design Showcase saw the IDC welcome celebrity designer, TV personality and author Thom Filicia. The program began with an informative kitchen design panel discussion featuring Adam Gibson of Adam Gibson Design, Rob Klein and Amy Kreutz of Conceptual Kitchens and Millwork and Jason Barth of Premier Home Electronics.

Kravet Inc.’s Beth Greene chats with Thom Filicia.

Jason Barth of Premier Home Electronics, Adam Gibson of Adam Gibson Design and Amy Kreutz and Rob Klein of Conceptual Kitchens and Millwork all speak on kitchen topics and design.

Following the kitchen panel, an entertaining and informative conversation with Thom Filicia was moderated by Beth Greene, Kravet, Inc. Executive V.P. and Director of Strategic Branding & Marketing. On his first visit to the Indianapolis area, Thom shared his design philosophy. He also told stories about his broad career in design, spanning television shows, retail and creating fabric and furniture collections, to approximately 120 attendees in the Indiana Design Center’s Grand Hall.

As promised, both days provided inspiration and expertise for attendees to carry through to their 2018 design projects. New ideas and event plans are already underway for LUXE 2019. For more photos of this year’s event, please go to our Facebook page.

Beth Greene, Amanda Lantz, Thom Filicia, Barry Lantz, Andrea Kleymeyer, Laura Beck LaFrenais and Tom Vriesman commemorate LUXE 2018.

Event photography by Jamie Carey Sangar.

A special thank you to the Event Sponsors:

How to Design a Healthy Home for the Mind + Body

A well-designed space should be beneficial to your health and wellness and make a positive impact on your life. Adam Gibson, principal of Adam Gibson Design, located at the Indiana Design Center, speaks across the country about how to design a healthy home. Gibson suggests the following design tips to help improve your overall well-being.

Healthy Home Tip #1: Bring Nature Inside

Being outdoors offers a sense of reprieve from our everyday, technologically over-connected lives, so using natural elements in your home helps achieve a calming design scheme. Accessorizing with greenery like a succulent garden or using materials from the earth, like natural stone or a grasscloth wallcovering, will heighten your connection to the outdoors.

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An orchid lends a tranquil feel to this spa-like bathroom. From the portfolio of Adam Gibson Design.

Healthy Home Tip #2: Improve Indoor Air Quality

The industry term “off-gassing” is used to describe the release of chemicals known as VOCs (volatile organic compounds) by household products and is linked to serious health concerns. To reduce your exposure to VOCs and improve indoor air quality, always choose paint that qualifies as zero-VOC and be mindful of flooring selections, because carpet and hardwoods produce the most VOCs in the home. In the construction or remodeling phase of design, you can add air filter systems to provide cleaner “makeup air” which pulls air in your home from outside when using an exhaust fan, rather than pulling it from an attic or crawl space. When in doubt, ask a professional to guide you in making safer product and design selections.

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Make careful product selections with zero or low VOC emissions to promote a healthy home environment. From the portfolio of Adam Gibson Design.

Healthy Home Tip #3: Embrace Natural Light

Nearly 50 percent of people in the U.S. are vitamin D deficient, which can trigger low serotonin levels related to depression and anxiety. Just as athletes achieve the “runners high” that results from serotonin released through exercise, serotonin levels can increase with exposure to natural sunlight. Consider window treatments such as sheers or adjustable shades that allow privacy but do not completely block sunlight. Well-appointed skylights, whether conventional or tubular, are also great options, and the infusion of natural light will cut down on your electricity bill.

Want to learn more? Contact Gibson with questions and visit the Indiana Design Center showrooms to see the products and resources that can help you to achieve a healthy home. The Indiana Design Center is located at 200 S. Rangeline Road in Carmel ( and Adam Gibson Design can be reached at [email protected] (

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Allow natural light to infuse your living space for exposure to vitamin D. From the portfolio of Adam Gibson Design.

Ths article was originally written for Indianapolis’ Active Life Magazine.

About Adam Gibson Design: Warmth, Simplicity & Clarity in Design

Adam GibsonAdam Gibson is a design professional specializing in luxury home additions, kitchens and bathrooms, entertainments spaces, and commercial suites. Known for an infusion of clean lines, natural light, warmth, and efficient use of space, Adam brings an outside-the-box imagination, an ear attuned to his clients’ needs, eco-friendly technologies and the desire to create a healthy indoor environment to each of his designs.

Comprehensive construction documents along with color renderings, contractor-client liaison and construction management are all services available to clients. Adam is a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer as designated by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).

VIDEO: See Inside the Indiana Design Center

The showrooms and professionals located at the Indiana Design Center bring together a premier collection of resources and experts to help you build, remodel, or redecorate your home. The IDC is Open to the Public and showrooms feature national brands and products made locally by Indiana-based companies.

Watch the video below for a tour inside the IDC and introduction to the resources available to the public and design professionals. Call the IDC Concierge desk at 317-569-5976 to schedule your personal tour or send your questions to [email protected]. See you at the IDC!