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Charleston Fashion Week

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EDITOR - IN - CHIEF Bridget Williams Associate Publisher Melissa Averitt ______________________________________________ ASSOCIATE EDITORS Kay Matton Jen Dotson ART DIRECTOR Jason Yann

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From the Editor-In-Chief

Bridget Williams with Angela Ahrendts, CEO of Burberry

For years I’ve been indoctrinated to believe that the concept of “hospitality” was a Southern hallmark; however, I’m pleased to report that I’ve been mistaken all these years as the greeting extended to us by the Greater Indianapolis community has been nothing short of gracious and welcoming! My husband and I founded Sophisticated Living in 2001 to fill what we saw as a void in the local magazine market. An avid magazine reader since my teenage years, as I got older and my taste in magazines matured, it seemed to me that what was touted as the “best” in terms of homes, parties and restaurants (as judged by these publications) were largely located on the East and West Coasts. Looking around my own hometown, I knew for certain that the area in between certainly wasn’t lacking style or substance (case in point is New Palestine native and Ball State alum Angela Ahrendts, CEO of Burberry who is profiled starting on page 46). Since our inception, we’ve defined ‘sophisticated’ as both living and giving graciously. As such, in each issue of Sophisticated Living, alongside exquisite homes and gardens, interesting travel locales and tantalizing fine dining destinations, you’ll find photographs from private parties and grand galas, along with a brief overview of the beneficiaries of their patrons’ generosity. Just like in our other markets (Louisville, Lexington and Cincinnati), we’ve assembled a crackerjack team of professionals to deliver the same high caliber of award winning content and photography. Photographer Brian Spurlock has published five photo book projects and has had work exhibited at the Smithsonian Institute and the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. An oenophile with decades of experience, Scott Harper, our wine columnist, realized his dream of joining the prestigious ranks of Master Sommeliers in 2009, of which there are just over 100 in the world. Penning our art and collectibles column is Diane Wachs, a former museum director and professor hailing from Lexington who is currently director of Fine and Decorative Art at Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati. Philanthropist, contemporary art collector and proprietor of 21cMuseum Hotel in Louisville, Steve Wilson shares with readers his unique perspective on emerging artists and genres within the contemporary art world. Food columnist Philip Ruskin possesses over 12 years of experience developing and implementing consumer marketing and public relations campaigns for clients such as: Pepsi, Beaujolais Wine Bureau, Anheuser-Busch, Champagne France, Ecce Panis, HBO, more than a dozen renowned restaurants and high-visibility consumer events. We hope you will enjoy perusing this issue as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together!

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Indy in May…spring has sprung and as the warm weather emerges I am ready to get out and enjoy this town. I’m proud to introduce Sophisticated Living to you. We get to see Indy in a new light – through the eyes of this exciting publication. I’ve traveled all over; lived in other countries, but I always came back to Indy because it is home and one vibrant community. So when Sophisticated Living decided to come to this market I had to get involved. I love a good magazine. I keep them around forever – on my coffee table, in my office, even under my bed. I savor the information and always want that one great picture or article to go back to for reference. Now I have another one to treasure and I’m so excited to be a part of it! In the pages of Sophisticated Living, you’ll see all the wonderful things this town and other cities have to offer plus learn about local philanthropic organizations – from social/charitable events to high fashion; great design to fine art; specialty services to fine automobiles and of course, homes. There is no doubt that this town is getting more and more great choices when it comes to building, remodeling or designing a home. This is one reason why Sophisticated Living worked with the Indiana Design Center to establish Sophisticated Living in the Indianapolis marketplace. The IDC is an emerging facility that offers one stop shopping and design resources in a beautiful building. I hope you will find time to visit. I also hope you’ll love reading Sophisticated Living as much as I do… and maybe even keep it around a while on your coffee table. Enjoy.

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Terra cotta Antiques ceramic objects with wonderful natural color Written by Kirby Camm, Bittners Terra cotta essentially refers to a hard, semi-fired, unglazed, claybased ceramic object. Literally meaning “baked earth” in Italian, terra cotta is easily recognizable because of its marvelous and very distinctive orange-brownish color. Prior to the Middle Ages (an historic period in Europe referred to as antiquity), every country produced terra cotta items in all shapes and forms imaginable. Although associated with antiquity, terra cotta items have remained in continual production since their inception. Terra cotta objects produced during ancient times included utilitarian items, as well as artwork. Roof tiles, storage vessels and building bricks are a few of the utilitarian examples, while artwork covers a multitude of subjects, figures and forms. Perhaps the greatest of all terra cotta artworks from antiquity is Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s terra cotta army, built in 210 B.C. China and discovered in 1974. Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s terra cotta army consists of 8,000 lifelike and life-size soldiers, 130 life-size chariots, 520 life-size horses and 150 life-size cavalry horses. The majority of the emperor’s terra cotta army is still not excavated. Not a rare material by anybody’s standards, terra cotta items are somewhat hard to find in today’s antique marketplace. Part of this can be explained by the fragileness of terra cotta. But, I believe the real reasons are that the utilitarian objects are simply not in demand and artworks produced in terra cotta were of limited quantities. Although not a relic from antiquity, the illustrated bust of a man’s head, circa 1880 in Italy, is a wonderful example of terra cotta art and utility. Rarely do you see any terra cotta objects displaying both attributes. The original use of this Italian terra cotta man’s head is a total mystery to me. Perhaps it could be the original Chia Pet? I can just envision some dense green plant growing out from this man’s head. Conceivably, and probably closer to the truth, this bust of an Italian gentleman was possibly made to display a man’s hat in a haberdasher’s shop window. Whatever the use, this terra cotta sculpture is artwork with a utilitarian application. The piece’s whimsical and zany look is partially due to it being handmade and Italian in origin. Terra cotta items are usually handmade and not from the potter’s wheel, which is part of their charm and appeal. I would love to know the history concerning this Italian terra cotta bust … if only this distinguished gentleman could talk! sl

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What a Duesy!

Photography by Neil Rashba

A pair of Duesenbergs take Best of Show honors at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance In 1995, the general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Michael Carsch, was faced with a challenge. At the time many people were not familiar with Amelia Island, so although he had a beautiful oceanfront Ritz-Carlton that was only a few years old, each year he struggled to fill rooms when warm spring weather first arrived on the island. Seeking to create a signature event that would attract a well-heeled clientele, Carsch approached Bill Warner, a local car collector, businessman, and photographer and writer for Road & Track, who was consequently being urged by other auto enthusiasts to create a classic car show in Florida. With backing from

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The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, and Mercedes-Benz as inaugural sponsors, Warner launched the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. The first car show featured 125 cars, world-famous Grand Prix driver Sir Stirling Moss as honorary chairman, and drew about 2,000 car enthusiasts. It also sold out The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. Fast forward to 2011 and the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance recorded its 16th year as the most prestigious automobile show on the East Coast, on par with such renowned shows as Pebble Beach in California, Meadow Brook in Michigan and the Louis Vuitton Classic in midtown Manhattan. Since its


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Other local and regional award winners of note included: Best in Class-American Classic Open (1937 - 1948) 1937 Packard 1508 Convertible Sedan Perin Family - Cincinnati, OH Best in Class- Sports and GT Cars (1964 – 1974) 1966 Lamborghini 350 GT Kevin Cogan - Louisville, KY The Mercedes-Benz Star of Excellence Award for the Most Elegant Mercedes-Benz 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300D Cabriolet Tom and Lynn Isgrig - Cincinnati, OH

Harry Yeaggy of Cincinnati (far right), celebrates his Concours de Sport award with fellow participants.

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The Jaguar of North America Award for the Most Historically Significant Jaguar 1955 Jaguar D-Type Gary W. Bartlett - Muncie, IN


inception, the show’s foundation has donated nearly $1.7 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other deserving charities on Florida’s First Coast.  Two very deserving Duesenbergs took both Best in Show awards this year and, according to show Chairman Bill Warner, it was one of the hardest choices to make that he can remember. The Concours d’Elegance award went to the 1933 Duesenberg SJN Arlington Torpedo Sedan from The Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, California. Dubbed the “Twenty Grand” for its unheard of price tag in the 1930s – $20,000 – the car was originally built for the Century of Progress Exposition, also known as the 1933-34 Chicago World’s Fair. Gordon Buehring, Duesenberg’s legendary stylist, was consulted on the car’s restoration when the Nethercutts purchased it back in 1978, and the car is exactly as it was when it left the factory for its World’s Fair appearance. It was the Nethercutt’s third time winning Best in Show at Amelia. The famed “Mormon Meteor,” the Concours de Sport winner, is a vehicle that requires no introduction. Now owned by Harry Yeaggy of Cincinnati, the car was making its third visit to Amelia and was restored back to its original speed record trim. Once dubbed the “fastest, most powerful car in the

world,” the 1935 Duesenberg SJ Special/Mormon Meteor is the definitive pre-war racecar, and it is still considered the ultimate Duesenberg by collectors worldwide. Yeaggy also exhibited the car at Pebble Beach in 2007 and was rewarded for his efforts with the coveted Best of Show title. “I don’t recall a tougher decision among the judging committee for Best in Show awards than this year,” Warner said. “We simply had the best of the best on the field, and I am glad the decision wasn’t mine. Both winners were stunning and very deserving. I take my hat off to the committee and congratulate them on their choices.” Nearly 20,000 hobbyists descended on Concours Sunday to look at the show’s sweeping automotive display, which included Pope Paul VI's 1965 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman Landaulet, a significant vehicle that made its way to the U.S. for the very first time in honor of the event and Mercedes-Benz’ celebration of 125 years of the automobile. Other Mercedes on display were the 1972 600 Pullman SWB limousine, which was owned by Luciano Pavarotti and was used to chauffeur him while on his many tours in the United States, and a 1972 600 Pullman first owned by Hugh Hefner as his personal daily driver when his Playboy headquarters was still in Chicago. sl

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Charleston Fashion Week

Not even a cool rain shower could quell the seriously hot crowd standing stoically in their stilettos outside the tents in Marion Square waiting for the doors to open for the finale of Charleston Fashion Week. Already an established foodie destination, a quick glance at the fashion panel seated front row center - Alexis Maybank, co-founder of Gilt Groupe; Fern Mallis, creator of Fashion Week in New York City; fashion designer Michael Knight, instantly recognizable to legions of Project Runway fans; and Janie Bryant, costume designer for Mad Men, to name a few - evidenced that the historic city also boasts some serious fashion chops. Now in its fifth year, the Tuesday through Saturday schedule of events showcased local style through runway shows produced by local boutiques, 16 emerging designers (four each night) and a finale presentation by a national-caliber

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designer. Members of the fashion panel selected one emergent designer each night to move on to the Saturday finale where they had the opportunity to show their complete collection. Complementing the first-rate fashion was an adjacent tentedstyle lounge complete with local vendors, guest DJ’s and a cocktail lounge, and a slew of after parties all over town. Whittled down from a pool of 1,000 applicants from around the globe, a group of 10 male and female models took to the runway attired in fitted black CFW t-shirts during the finale hoping to win a $1,000 grand prize for having the best package of walk, appearance and personality as judged by the featured designers, boutique owners and fashion panel. Tears streamed down the face of African native Ajang Majok when she was announced as the female winner. Her prize package and that of Ceasar Hingleton, the male model winner, was sweetened by


Opposite page: The collection of Emerging Designer winner Charlotte Hess This page: Top model winner Ajang Majok in the Michael Wiermicki show

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Opposite page L-R: Look from the Charlotte Hess collection. Look from emerging designer Michael Wiermicki. Above L-R: Look from emerging designer Veritee Hill. Look from featured designer Hunter Dixon.

a spur-of-the-moment announcement by Alexis Maybank, who offered a modeling gig for an upcoming Gilt Groupe sale. Beginning with 130 applicants from 21 states, by the Saturday evening finale, five emerging designers remained to vie for a prize package valued at over $35k. Each had vastly different styles and inspirations. Helena Bonham Carter seemed the ideal muse for the dark drama presented by Stephanie Mejia, while it was easy to picture Lady Gaga donning Michael Wiermicki’s sculpted-shoulder jacket and dresses rendered in prints inspired by crop circles and cave paintings. New York native Cody Sai’s ready-to-wear looks were clearly influenced by uptown girls in his hometown. Veritee Hill, a Varga-esque looking costume designer from Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, sent out an avant-garde collection of dresses that make women long to be brave enough to steal the show in one of her floral-embellished, corseted looks.

In the end it was Philadelphia native Charlotte Hess, a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and The Glasgow School of Art, who won over the judges and the crowd, taking the Emerging Designer title and the People’s Choice Award for her bespoke hand-knitted garments of silk, wool, mohair and cotton. Inspired by Hopi and Sioux Native Americans, her collection, including Native American-inspired warrior breastplates imagined in yarn, represented a very innovative take on an age-old technique. At her Friday night debut, Charlotte's collection elicited a raucous standing ovation. At the Saturday finale, she once again led with an ethereal crocheted bodysuit topped with a chunky cardigan and followed with a slew of pieces that invited onlookers to rethink their ideas of knitwear. Rendered speechless when announced as the winner, it is almost a given that, with her success at CFW, the fashion world will be hearing from her again in the not so distant future. sl

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Bibliotaph Commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Nevada Museum of Art, The Altered Landscape exhibition celebrates the institution’s signature photography collection that examines human interaction and intervention with the environment. This 288-page deluxe publication examines the collection’s roots in the 1970s New Topographics movement and highlights recent photographic acquisitions in this rapidly changing field. Lucy Lippard, Geoff Manaugh, W.J.T. Mitchell, Ann N. Wolfe and The Nevada Museum of Art, Reno The Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing Environment - hardcover, 288 pages. Rizzoli (available in September 2011).

This sobering pictoral essay by Pieter Hugo offers a brutally honest documentary of the devastating consequences of toxic waste on one community in Africa, where in spite of overwhelming poverty, human strength and resilience shine through. Pieter Hugo Permanent Error - hardcover, 128 pages, Prestel Publishing.

An important book for anyone interested in global issues, this book features 12 essays that take the reader to countries in crisis. Award-winning writer Martin Amis experienced firsthand the problems of gang violence in Colombia, South America; New York Times bestselling author Tracy Chevalier focuses on the abuse of women in Burundi, East Africa; Oscarwinning actor Daniel Day-Lewis writes of meeting children raised in war-torn Palestine; Booker Prize–winning author DBC Pierre addresses the unusually high incidence of mental health issues in Armenia. Awardwinning photographer Tom Craig was commissioned by the humanitarian charity Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders to document the writers in these places in trouble. Dan Crowe (Editor), Tom Craig (Photographer) - Writing on the Edge: Great Contemporary Writers on the Front Line of Crisis - hardcover, 276 pages, Rizzoli.

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bib 'li' o 'taph, [bib-lee-uhtaf, -tahf ]: a person who caches or hoards books This richly illustrated and valuable resource reaches back five centuries to document the evolution and ingenuity of house design in the British Isles. Brimming with 600 fullcolor photographs, House annotates hundreds of examples from every conceivable angle: from gables and pediments to chimneys and roofs; from bow windows and casements to fanlights and door furniture. Armed with a career’s worth of experience and research, Philippa Lewis takes readers up and down the country to feature examples of typically British building, including cottages, manor houses, castles, bungalows, and flats. She also looks at houses built from a wide variety of materials, including stone, glass, wood, brick, and even corrugated iron, in different settings such as rural, suburban, seaside, and urban. Philippa Lewis - House: Brisith Domestic Architecture - hardcover, 192 pages, Prestel Publishing.

Hamptons Gardens is an invitation into the private world that lies behind privet hedges and wrought iron gates in one of the world’s most exclusive residential areas. From the sustainable and native to the over-the-top and avant garde, the selection of gardens hand-picked for this luxury volume astound in every regard. 100% of author’s proceeds from the book are graciously provided to God’s Love We Deliver. Jack Delashmet (author), Mary Ellen Bartley and Doug Young (photographers) - Hamptons Gardens - hardcover, 268 pages, Assouline.

You won’t find the town of Elgin Park on a map, but you will find it all over the web and in the media. Called an “Internet phenomenon” by the New York Times, Michael Paul Smith’s Flickr site has received over 20 million hits since he first posted his convincing yet dreamlike photographs of an imaginary town, inspired by the small Pennsylvania one he grew up in. Viewers of all ages from across the world will respond to the memories and feelings evoked by his perfectly executed miniature street scenes with model vintage cars, which are photographed outdoors against actual backgrounds. Without digital manipulation, Smith creates wondrously realistic scenes, which are beautifully reproduced in this exquisite volume. Gail Ellison, a longtime colleague of the artist, explains Smith’s ingenious methods and also uncovers the themes of his art. Michael Paul Smith - Elgin Park: An Ideal American Town - hardcover, 144 pages, Prestel Publishing

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Checks & Balances Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts’ journey from New Palestine to London is guided by her Midwest family values. Written by Bridget Williams

Burberry Prorsum autumn/ winter 2011 womenswear show finale

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Angela Ahrendts, CEO of Burberry, in the Indianapolis store. Photo by Brian Spurlock.

The story reads like a movie script depicting the realization of the American Dream: A pretty, driven Midwestern girl from a small town pours over glossy magazines and dreams of a life in the glamorous world of fashion. She moves to New York (complete with a tear-jerking airport scene), strikes it big and becomes CEO of a world famous fashion house. And, of course, no movie would be complete if along the way she didn’t marry the man of her dreams. Only in this case, the dream is a reality for Angela Ahrendts - a native of New Palestine, Indiana, a Ball State alumna and current CEO of London-based luxury brand Burberry - whose multitude of personal and professional successes were earned the old fashion way: through hard work combined with passion, perseverance and a strong Midwestern foundation of faith and family. “As far back as I can remember, I was mesmerized by fashion,” said Ahrendts during a recent interview. While her fresh-faced yet fierce runway-worthy appearance fit the bill of a fashion executive and then some – outfitted in a form-fitting pencil skirt and covetable knee-high stiletto boots that added to her stature – her natural Midwestern friendliness sprung forth the minute she began to speak. While she credits her closely bonded family with equipping her with the “core values” that provided the building blocks of her future success, she is quick to cite her undergrad years at Ball State for allowing her to come into her own. Majoring in merchandising and marketing, a school-sponsored trip to New York City was her self-described “turning point,” where she realized her true calling. 48 slmag.net

She boarded a plane bound for New York City just one day after graduating from Ball State in 1981 and immediately set about her deliberate climb up the corporate ladder. “Accountable” and “results driven” pop up frequently when asked to describe her work ethic. “I was fortunate that my jobs were always right for my personality and skill set,” she added. Her positions of note prior to her joining Burberry Group in 2006 include president of Donna Karan International from 1989 to 1996, executive vice president of Henri Bendel from 1996 to 1998, and Liz Claiborne Inc., where she began in 1998 as vice president of corporate merchandising and design to 2005 as executive vice president responsible for both women’s and men’s wear. It would not be a stretch of the imagination to think that when the CEO of Burberry comes calling to court you as her handpicked successor, one would jump on the chance, but that was not so for Ahrendts, who initially refused Rose Marie Bravo’s request for a meeting. “Part of my core values is loyalty. I couldn’t imagine how life could be better; I had a dream job at Liz Claiborne and the perfect work/life balance,” she said. It was not until Bravo continued to press her that Ahrendts relented and agreed to have a cup of coffee. “She told me ‘You don’t understand how few women CEOs there are in the world’, and that really got my attention,” she added. The third meeting proved to be the charm. Ahrendts visited the Burberry outpost in New York City several times,


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Members of the public watch the Burberry fashion show for the autumn/winter 2011 collection as it is screened live on Piccadilly Circus in central London.

and her finely honed business sense realized the tremendous opportunity. Exploratory meetings with Christopher Bailey, Chief Creative Officer or “brand tsar” as Ahrendts has dubbed him, also helped to seal the deal. Sharing similar strong family ties and values (as well as mutual admiration for their counterpart’s achievements and skill sets), they laid out a mission to create the company of their dreams. Taking the helm at a tumultuous time, business journals around the globe laude the team of Ahrendts and Bailey for wading through the mire of the global financial crisis to emerge as one of the world’s strongest luxury brands. Bailey is credited with rejuvenating the brand’s image, while Ahrendts has streamlined the company’s supply chain to make it one of the most responsive in the industry. Her efforts have landed her on the Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women list in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010. In 2009, Financial Times ranked her 15th on its list of the Top 50 Women in World Business (she moved up to the 13th spot in 2010). 2010 proved to be a banner year as she was also named among Fortune magazine's Businesspeople of the Year and was honored as the

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European Business Leader of the Future at the CNBC European Business Leaders Awards. Burberry has also been at the forefront in the use of technology and emerging media, most notably live-streaming its spring/summer 2011 runway show online through hundreds of partner sites and to large screens in 25 of its flagship stores around the world, as well as making select pieces available for purchase immediately afterward (an innovation begun with its fall 2010 show). The fall/winter 2011 show made an even bigger splash as it was streamed live on a giant screen at London’s iconic Piccadilly Circus and to 40 other live event sites, meaning that you did not need to be a fashion insider or VIP to experience the feeling of front-row access. In fact, more than one million people watched it live online. Burberry is also the leading luxury brand on Facebook, with more than 5.5 million fans. “Digital media is all about capturing mind share, helping consumers understand the full 360 of the brand, its culture, commerce and content. The more we can connect with consumers, the more they engage with our brand and become advocates,” Ahrendts explained.


When asked what brings her the greatest feeling of professional success on a day-to-day basis, she is quick to reply: “Being able to connect, inspire and lead. Listening is a big part of that. I want to inspire young talent. The bigger we get, the closer we need to be as a team.” Anchoring her family life is Ahrendts’ husband Gregg, who she met in high school, a classic cheerleader/star basketball player matchup. She grins widely recalling their first date: a New Year’s Eve party in 1978 at a friend’s home located midway between their respective houses. After she left for New York, the couple maintained a long-distance dating relationship for 17 years before marrying. If the decision to take the job in London was difficult for Ahrendts, the decision was easier for her family, which also includes a 16-year-old son, and two daughters, ages 14 and 10. She gushes with parental pride talking about her son’s talent as a musician, greatly furthered by the “amazing” music scene in London, her middle daughter’s budding interest in public relations and her youngest, described as “full of energy.” A dilemma for working mothers worldwide, Ahrendts admits that maintaining a work/family balance is “the hardest thing in the world.” “Lots of parents are there 24/7, but not really ‘present,’” she added. “When I’m there with my children they have my full attention, and they can get in touch with me anytime.” The importance of family and core values are a motivating source of her desire to give back, not only to her hometown and alma mater, but on a global scale through the Burberry Foundation, which she and Bailey founded in 2008. Concerned with reaching young adults during their impressionable “youth space,” which Ahrendts defined as “a time in young life when insecurities set in,” the Foundation seeks to be a foundation in a literal sense by providing mentoring, job training and self-esteem building programs in 14 global communities where Burberry has a significant presence. At Ball State, Ahrendts was a leading force in helping to create a $1 million emerging media scholarship fund “to cultivate the next generation of talent in disciplines that are at the heart of digital media, marketing and merchandising." The fund is part of the Bold Celebration Scholars and Burberry Emerging Media Scholars programs, and four of the annual scholarship awards are designated as Burberry Bold Celebration scholarships. She was recently in Indianapolis to deliver an address as part of Ball State's David Letterman Distinguished Professional Lecture and Workshop Series. Her 2010 commencement address at Ball State coincided with her 50th birthday year and provided an occasion to pause and reflect on her accomplishments and what remains important to her. At the time she was asked to deliver the address, she said she was “living life at 80 miles an hour” and that it took her a full six months of reflection to prepare her remarks. Adding additional gravity to the situation was her understanding of the digital era and that her words would live

on indefinitely in cyberspace. After two months of writer’s block and 92 outlines, she stopped and realized that her words had to come from the heart to resonate. “It was like an epiphany,” she said. The central theme of her remarks - core values - became crystal clear. “Growing up in the Midwest, most of the students do not yet know what a great foundation they have. Family values are different here and it gives them an upper hand because of that foundation. I wanted them to understand the tools they already have at their discretion.” After a jet-setting career, would she ever consider a return to life in Indiana? “Absolutely!” she replied without hesitation, adding that family is her rock of life, and her sisters are her best friends. “I have a very blessed life.” sl

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WINES OF ARGENTINA

Written by Scott Harper, MS / Photo by Garcia Betancourt

Argentina is on fire. It is currently fifth in world wine production and eighth in world wine consumption, and its imports are increasing by quantum leaps, all this from the second largest South American country after Brazil. With Chile just over the massive Andes Mountains to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, as well as Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil to the north, it is in an excellent area in the southern part of South America for grape growing. The conditions are warm and sunny, with very few pests, and the Mediterranean-like climate is enhanced with the Andes snow, which melts for irrigation. For without the Andes, Argentina would be desert-like. Argentina also has the highest vineyards in the world; most vineyards are planted at 1,000 to 5,200 feet to mitigate the intense summer heat. Grapes were planted in the 16th century by conquistadores and missionaries. The grapes they planted were fruitful but not high quality grapes, such as Criolla. It was not until the 1980s that we saw premium wine emerging. Then in the 1990s, the end of political instability, economic depression and military governments, as well as French and US investments in Argentina, helps to bring about positive quality change in the

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wine industry. The 1990s saw the introduction of temperaturecontrolled stainless steel tanks and new oak barrels, brought about in part by Nicolas Catena, Argentina’s wine visionary, and French and American consultants. As implied, France and Italy, not Spain, has more viticulture influence in Argentina, hence Argentina is noted for Malbec. The highest quality, most popular wine of Argentina is more popular than in its ancestral home of France. Malbec is best known from its largest region Mendoza. The wine comes in all price ranges, but even inexpensive Malbec is a pretty good drink. Every time I think of the savory flavor of the dark, purple Malbec with the flavors of lavender, spice and black fruits, it brings to mind the quintessential pairing of grilled Argentine steak with chimichurri. Argentina makes more red wine than white, and of that, Malbec makes up 26 percent. The next two important grapes are Bonarda and Cabernet Sauvignon, which make up about 18 percent each, and Syrah comes in fourth with about 13 percent. Bonarda originally hails from Italy’s northern wine region of Piedmont, where it is typically blended with Piedmont’s number one grape Nebbiolo in the wines of Gattinara and Ghemme. It is now considered a separate


SUGGESTED WINES Torrontes DONA PAULA TORRONTES 2009, Cafayate Valley (Salta) ALAMOS TORRONTES 2009, Salta DISENO TORRONTES 2010, Salta Bonarada ZOLO BONARDA 2009, Mendoza COLONIA LAS LIEBRES BONARDA 2009, Mendoza Malbec DISENO MALBEC “OLD VINE” 2009, Mendoza ENRIQUE FOSTER MALBEC “IQUE” 2008, Mendoza BODEGA TAMARI MALBEC “RESERVE” 2009, Mendoza Malbec Blends AMALAYA 2009 Calchaqui Valley (Salta) - Malbec with small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Tannat BODEGA ELENA DE MENDOZA 2010 Mendoza Malbec with Syrah and Bonarda grape, although, it is rarely seen labeled as a varietal, except in Argentina. And of course, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah originally hail from France but are now planted ubiquitously through out the world. Two white grapes stand out, Torrontes, representing about 18 percent, and the international varietal Chardonnay, making up around 14 percent. Torrontes is Argentina’s number one planted white grape and is a crossing of the Muscat family. The only place where you see this grape produced, it is a true Argentinean specialty. Originally believed to be from northwest Spain, it produces a fresh, crisp and very aromatic wine. Try Torrontes as an excellent aperitif or with seafood. Lastly much experimentation has been taking place with barrel fermentation and oak ageing of Chardonnay, and excellent wines are being produced. The number one wine region to look for is Mendoza, and the number one grape of Mendoza is Malbec. It is west of the Atlantic and east of Buenos Aires and has over 70 percent of the country’s wineries and 70 percent of Argentinean vineyards located within its boundaries. This astonishingly large wine region with most of its vineyards planted between 2,500 to 5,000 feet above sea level is obviously the center of the Argentinean wine industry. Arguably the most important

sub-region of Mendoza is Lujan De Cuyo, which is even more noted for Malbec. Other important regions outside the powerful Mendoza are Salta, La Rioja and San Juan. Salta is the most northern area and it makes two-thirds white wine and specializes in Torrontes. Salta means very beautiful and is home to Bodega Colome, owned by Hess, which are the world’s highest vineyards at 8,300 feet. San Juan is the second largest area with 23 percent of vineyards. It enjoys one of the sunniest conditions in the world with no more than 30 cloudy days a year. Syrah, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bonarda, Chardonnay and Torrontes are planted there. La Rioja, one of the oldest wine regions, is planted with Bonarda, Malbec, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, but with 40 percent of its vineyards planted to Torrontes, that remains its specialty. sl

Scott is General Manager of the Bristol Bar & GrilleJeffersonville and is Wine Director/Sommelier for the 5 Bristol Bar & Grille’s in Louisville and Indiana. He teaches wine through Bellarmine University. Scott is a Master Sommelier and a Certified Wine Educator.

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The Swag Written by Bridget Williams

It was after 10 p.m., and my eyelids were heavy after a day on the trails. Despite being one of the younger guests at The Swag, a delightful country inn in Waynesville, North Carolina, my energy seemed to pale in comparison to that of our welltraveled cohorts. Surveying the lively scene, I turned to Deener, the proprietress, and said, “You must tell me where you hide your fountain of youth.” She smiled coyly, looking some two decades younger than her stated age, and asked why. “Well, there’s a woman here celebrating her 70th birthday who hiked nine miles, another marking her 50th wedding anniversary who is presently accompanying the after dinner piano music by doing soft shoe and high kicks to rival a Rockette, and you seem to have channeled the power of the Energizer Bunny,” I replied. Her answer was something about the purity of the mountain air and the fellowship of friends and loved ones, but I know that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to recanting all that is special about The Swag.

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The Swag Deener and Dan Matthews had not intended to become innkeepers in 1969 when they purchased 250 acres of meadows and forest adjoining the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at the Cataloochee Divide fence. The name “The Swag” refers to the dip between mountain peaks and a moniker given to the place where the inn now sits by the residents of the area long ago. In 1970, a summer of blasting and bulldozing resulted in a marvel of excellent grade road construction, with the 2.5 mile road at the base of the mountain gaining more than 1000 feet of elevation until it culminates at the original homesite, remnants of which date to 1795. Careful stewards of the land, the couple avoided felling trees for utility right-of-way by having the foresight to dig a four-foot deep trench a mile long for the power and phone lines. Before long, Dan, a former rector of the historic Trinity Episcopal Church on Wall Street in New York City, began using the family’s second home as a church retreat. Understandably,

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word of this mountaintop oasis spread quickly and requests to visit grew in spades, leading them to officially open as an inn in 1982. In what seemed like the blink of an eye to the Matthews, in 1995 Andrew Harper selected The Swag as “Hideaway of the Year.” The inn persists in its pursuit of excellence, an effort rewarded again in 2010 when readers of Condé Nast Traveler voted The Swag to the magazine’s Gold List. Open from late April until mid-November (heavy winter snows make the property accessible only by four-wheel-drive vehicles), The Swag is located approximately 50 minutes west of Asheville. The 14 guest accommodations are varied and include private cabins and spacious suites, all individually outfitted with handmade quilts, woven rugs, early American rustic antiques and original artwork, befitting its rural environs. The flexibility of room configurations makes The Swag ideal for group or extended family travel, as evidenced by the several generations of more than one


family present during our stay. Children under the age of seven are welcome in the three cabins. After checking in at the main house, we were instructed to select a walking stick and mark it as our own by tying a wood disc with our name inscribed on it to the top. The handsome stick, decorated with a medallion bearing the logo of the inn, was ours to use on subsequent hikes and to take home as a souvenir. We were delighted to stay in the Woodshed Suite, located across from the main house and sited directly on the fence line that marked the park boundary. The original one-room cabin has been tripled in size to create one of the property’s most desirable suites. The space was expectedly rustic, but with luxurious amenities, such as Wi-Fi; a wet bar outfitted with a copper sink, stoneware mugs, and a selection of coffee, teas, soft drinks and fresh trail mix; a walk-in closet with a safe; XM-equipped radios in each room; a spa-like bathroom suite with L‘Occitane toiletries, a deep hammered copper soaking tub, steam shower, dry sauna and double basin vanity; and a rear deck overlooking the park with an open-air shower, a towel

warmer and comfortable lounge chairs complete with cozy blankets to ward off the evening or early morning chill. I loved the combination of natural materials and richly hued fabrics throughout, such as the headboard, whose frame was fashioned from logs with a padded toile fabric center, or the window box cornices made of tree bark with paisley drapery beneath. I could not wait to select a book from the many scattered throughout shelving in the room, light a fire in the sitting room and settle into the inviting wing back chair. One notable absence in the room was a television, but believe me, after a day on the trails and a full stomach from the bounteous meals (more on that later), television will be the furthest thing on your mind. For those who cannot go without, there is a television room in the main house. After taking a moment to settle in, we were off to “high” tea, a reference made not to the formality of the occasion but the altitude at which the tea and pastries were being served. Guests who had already been there a few days warned me not to overindulge, as dinner was an experience I would want to come hungry for.

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At 6 p.m. guests gather at the “Dogtrot,” a covered breezeway outside the entrance to the dining room and the inn’s living room. The spread could have been a meal in itself. There was a selection of gourmet cheeses, veal wontons, mushroom cheesecakes, fresh hummus and olive tapenade, and feta and watermelon stacks to name a few. The Swag is located in a dry county, but guests are free to bring their own wine and liqueurs, making for interesting pairings when oenophiles start conversing. The chiming of the dinner bell at 7 p.m. summons guests inside, where place cards mark each person’s spot, personally selected by Deener, who spends a good portion of each day organizing the seating arrangement based on guests' interests and personalities.To be honest, my husband was not too keen on sitting with strangers, but by the end of the meal, we were convinced by Deener’s keen intuition and lingered well after the last bite of dessert to converse with our tablemates, who included a Methodist minister and his wife (a widely published author of racy romance novels) and a prominent divorce attorney from New York City, whose passion was his renowned rose gardens. Prior to the meal being served, Deener greeted everyone gathered and said a little something about each group or couple. There were birthdays and anniversaries, and one couple even

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announced they were to be parents for the first time, eliciting shrieks of joy from the grandmother-to-be. The four-course meal was nothing short of divine, with the ingredients sourced locally from places like Sunburst Trout Farms in Pisgah Valley, heirloom tomatoes from a grower down the street, and asparagus and greens from The Swag’s own farm. Meals for vegetarians and those with restricted diets can be made upon special request. After dinner the group retired to the living room, where Dan led a sing-along to the tinkling ivories of the player piano. Each season, Deener and Dan host storytellers, naturalists, photographers and the like to entertain guests. During our stay we were treated to the storytelling of naturalist Charles Maynard, a true bastion of the art who had our sides hurting with laughter with tales of encounters with black bears and country life in the valley. Before heading off to bed we were given a form to fill out to select how we wanted our lunch prepared the next day (a not so easy task on an incredibly full stomach). We could choose to have it packed in a wooden picnic basket to take to nearby Gooseberry Knob or in a backpack if we were planning to hit the trails. We chose the latter as well as the time we would be picking it up and then headed off to bed, excited about exploring the trails the next morning. Guests staying on


Wednesdays are treated to a gourmet meal served picnic-style atop Gooseberry Knob. Those unable to make the 15-minute hike can be transported to the site via Land Rover shuttle. One thing is for certain: you will not go hungry while at The Swag. I love breakfast food, and while I wanted to try everything laid out before me, from the cider-simmer oatmeal, bacon, waffles, fresh fruit, made-to-order omelets and the like spread out as part of the country breakfast buffet, I had learned from dinner to pace myself. My husband is not too keen on hiking, so while my overindulgence at breakfast made me wish we were going double the distance, I chose one of the shortest trails for our day's adventure: a three-mile roundtrip route with a 600-foot gain in elevation. After hearing Charles the night before say that it is pretty likely there are always black bears watching, I was hoping to get a glimpse (albeit a far away one), since my last sighting in the wild came as a young child. No bears were to be found, but the views afforded at the crest of the mountain at the turnaround point were enough to take our breath away. A fenced area with picnic tables and a map of the surrounding peaks provided the perfect spot to break for a gourmet lunch, topped off with a Swag Bar. We returned from our hike and explored the grounds, taking time to make ourselves feel like kids again by trying out the rope swing over the pond and the nearby swinging bridge

and capping off the afternoon by playing (rather badly) a round of badminton on a grassy court surrounded by a thicket of rhododendron. Those seeking active recreation during inclement weather can take advantage of the underground racquetball court, while more passive activities can be pursued via the books, games and videos in the well-stocked library. There is also a small but well curated gift shop with books of local interest, jewelry and crafts by local artisans and clothing. Returning to our cabin to dress for dinner, we saw the kitchen staff rolling out large grills in preparation for an overthe-top barbeque that takes place every Thursday. The selection of meats and fish were savory; the salads and side dishes were as colorful as they were tasty; and the desserts were to die for. It was easy to see why so many of our fellow guests were repeat visitors and why, while packing to leave the next morning, I was already making plans to return. sl Details: The closest commercial airport is in Asheville. Room rates range from $490-$785 (for the Two-Story Cabin) per day and include three meals for two people. A 15 percent service charge and taxes are additional. A few outside dinner guests can be accommodated by reservation only. For more information or to make a reservation, visit theswag.com or call 800.789.7672..

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Highlights from the Geneva Motor Show Written by Kirby Camm, Bittners The 81st Geneva International Motor Show, held in March, presented an extensive overview of automotive technology and design. All the major manufacturers, renowned bodywork designers, and top preparation specialists dazzled visitors with nearly 170 World and European Premieres. The trend toward "green" was evident, as 40 premieres utilized alternative and ecological technologies.

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Alfa Romeo To entice buyers in advance of the brand’s 2012 re-launch in the US, Alfa Romeo unveiled its 4C Concept: a 200HP, 1.75-liter turbo four-cylinder two-seater coupe. Born from the experience acquired through the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione and 8C Spider models, the new concept car shares its rear-wheel drive with the exclusive supercars as well as its philosophy based on achieving maximum driving pleasure and the proverbial Alfa Romeo road handling. The powerful 1750 Turbo petrol engine allows the 4C Concept to reach a top speed of over 150 mph and to accelerate from 0 to 60 in under five seconds. Aston Martin Aston Martin celebrated the 50th anniversary of the iconic DB4GT Zagato by displaying one of the original cars alongside the company’s world-renowned line-up of sports cars. In his remarks made during the show, Dr. Ulrich Bez, the company’s chief executive, alluded to the company’s lack of an alternative fuel model by stating “Our innovations have more substance in the car business than lots of the short term fireworks.” He referenced a paradigm change with the new Cygnet luxury city car from ‘Small is Cheap’ to ‘Small is precious’. “Cygnet is exclusive and perfectly complements our other models. It is our hybrid concept,” he added.

Audi (above) Audi unveiled the A3, a four-seater notchback sedan, the design of which represents the typical Audi language of sporty elegance. The four-seat notchback sedan integrates the full breadth of the brand’s technological expertise – from the improved MMI operating system, to the high-tech infotainment system, to the drivetrain. A fivecylinder turbo developing 408 hp, a seven-speed S tronic and quattro permanent all-wheel drive ensure thrilling dynamics along with high fuel efficiency. At 8.63 ft, the long wheelbase is a best-in-class figure in the premium compact segment. Bentley The company celebrated its early 2011 attainment of the world ice speed record in a Bentley Continental Supersports convertible driven by Finland’s four-time world rally champion Juha Kankkunen. Driving the all-wheel drive, biofuel-powered 6-litre, 12-cylinder Continental Supersports convertible on the perilous frozen Baltic Sea, off the coast of Finland, Kankkunen achieved a speed of 205.48 mph eclipsing his own ice speed record of 199.83 62 slmag.net

mph set in 2007 in the Continental GT. Just 100 examples of this dramatically styled new model will be built at Bentley’s Crewe factory. The Supersports ‘Ice Speed Record’ is distinguished by its vibrant and muscular styling cues that reinforce the uncompromising performance credentials of this extreme Bentley convertible.  Wolfgang Duerheimer, Bentley’s new Chairman and Chief Executive, said: “Juha Kankkunen’s drive was a remarkable achievement and worthy of a very special car. The Continental Supersports ‘Ice Speed Record’ is a true driver’s car that captures that unique Bentley spirit. It offers extreme performance, agility and an extrovert personality, while retaining the refinement, handcrafted luxury and comfort our customers expect.”

BMW (above) BMW debuted its Vision ConnectedDrive concept car. The concept embodies the dynamic BMW design language with its long wheelbase, set back seating position and long bonnet but combines it with taut surfaces and distinctive flowing lines. The sliding doors, inspired by those on the BMW Z1, disappear into the body of the car. This allows the BMW Vision ConnectedDrive to be driven with the doors open, emphasizing the link between the vehicle and its environment. Advanced Head-Up Display takes the technology currently available in production BMWs even further, placing a three-dimensional display of key information in the direct sight line of the driver, eliminating the need for the driver’s eyes to refocus. The three-dimensional display allows the real view to be overlaid with virtual information, highlighting hazards allowing the driver to assimilate all of the information quickly and take appropriate action. For the first time passengers get their own information display, out of the driver’s field of vision, allowing them to evaluate information, music or navigation details and pass them onto the driver with a simple touch of a finger. DeTomaso Returning to the show after a nine-year absence, DeTomaso showed its all-new four-door, five-passenger model, the Deauville, a name resurrected from their 1970s lineup. The sedan features a 300hp, 2.8-liter turbocharged V6 engine with a top speed of 155MPH. Although weighing in at a portly the Deauville can accelerate from 0-60MPH in 6.7 seconds.


Ferrari Already sold out for the next year’s worth of production (800 units) the reveal of Ferrari FF indicated that the Italian automaker is forging ahead in a new direction. The replacement for the 612 Scaglietti, the FF takes design cues from the 458 Italia and is the first Ferrari to have power channeled to each wheel. Under the hood is a 6.25-litre V12 engine capable of 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 208mph. Gumpert The German supercar company Gumpert unveiled their second model, the Tornante, characterized by gullwing doors and a 4.2-litre, biturbo V8 engine cradled within a lightweight spaceframe chassis constructed from chromemolybdenum steel, promising 700HP in its standard form, with a further, ‘alternative-powered’ Tornante planned for 2012. Jaguar Jaguar’s new Jaguar XKR-S expresses the company's long held duality of purpose: GT luxury with incredible performance via a higher output supercharged V8 engine, revised suspension, and a new aerodynamically-driven design. The Jaguar XKR-S produces 550 hp with 502 lb/ft of torque, offers a top speed of 186mph, and can accelerate from 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds. In addition to this debut, Jaguar marked the 50th anniversar y of the E-Type with a celebration at the

Restaurant Hotel du Parc des Eaux-Vives in Geneva, where the original car was introduced by the marque’s founder Sir William Lyons half a century ago. Koenigsegg “Quicker than lighting” is how Koenigsegg described their brand new Agera R. It was shown at Geneva with a Lightning Roof Box System, their first lifestyle package that enables the driver to use the Agera for longer trips with massive luggage. Made completely from carbon fiber, it has been through several iterations of CFD simulation to ensure it is safe up to 186mph, making it the fastest roof box in the world. Lamborghini According to its tradition, Lamborghini’s new flagship bears the name of a bull – naturally, a particularly courageous specimen from the world of the Spanish Corrida. Aventador was the name of a bull that entered into battle in October 1993 at the Saragossa Arena, earning the “Trofeo de la Peña La Madroñera” for its outstanding courage. The fantastic 0-62 mph acceleration figure of just 2.9 seconds and the top speed of 217 mph do not fully describe the Aventador’s extreme performance. Lamborghini has already sold more than 12 months production of its new V12 model, deliveries of which will start in the second half of 2011

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Land Rover Land Rover's stand at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show served as a hybrid technology showcase with the exhibition of the new Range Rover Evoque in both coupe and 5-door derivatives, and exciting Discovery 4 and Range Rover Limited Editions. Making its motor show debut was the 'Range_e': Land Rover's diesel hybrid plug-in prototype. 'Range_e' is based on a Range Rover Sport and features a 3.0-litre TDV6 diesel with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. Matched with a plug-in parallel diesel hybrid system it offers a premium SUV that can run as a pure electric vehicle. The 'Range_e' is the first capable 4WD model from Land Rover to achieve 89g of CO2. It has an EV range of 20 miles, a top speed of around 120mph and a range of 690 miles. Maserati (preceding page) After stunning the world with the GranCabrio at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, Maserati used the 2011 Geneva Motor Show to take its grand-touring convertible to a new level of performance and handling with the introduction of the GranCabrio Sport. Conceived to give the GranCabrio a harder-edged model to sit alongside the GranTurismo S and the Quattroporte Sport GT S, the GranCabrio Sport uses a more powerful and fuel-efficient version of Maserati's all-alloy 4.7-litre V8. Pagani (top) Fans of unbridled horsepower breathlessly awaited the reveal of the Pagani Huayra, whose aggressive and futuristic exterior carbon-titanium styling seemed to create a “love it” or “hate it” division among onlookers. The vehicle can modify the properties of this wing by varying the front ride height, which 64 slmag.net

can be adjusted dynamically, and by adjusting the 4 control flaps on each of the four corners of the car. Those on the fence were convinced by the sumptuous interior and the 700hp twinturbocharged 6.-liter V-12 Mercedes-AMG engine.

Porsche (above) Porsche will unveil its second production hybrid model, the Panamera S Hybrid, adding another chapter to its Porsche Intelligent Performance development philosophy. It accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds and has a top track speed of 167 mph. Its range in purely electric mode is approximately one mile, with electric-only acceleration possible up to just over 50 mph. Rolls Royce Living up to its ghostly moniker, the all-electric Rolls-Royce Phantom 102EX quietly appeared on the stage in front of attendees. The company plans to test it on public roads in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America during the year, in order to gather a bank of research data that will be crucial in informing future decisions on alternative drivetrains for the storied luxury automaker. sl


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Deborah Dorman 317.432.1216 7290 Oak Cove Lane Noblesville, Indiana Breathtaking views, prestigious location, flawless estate. Enjoy an expansive floor plan with soaring cathedral ceilings in the great room, an award-winning kitchen and a deck leading to pool and boat dock. The upper haven showcases a true master suite with a private deck and spa-sized master bath. With this waterfront home, enjoy all Morse Reservoir has to offer. $924,900

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Going for Baroque Interior Designer Jul ie O’ Brien transforms a spacious, but nondescript home on Geist R eser voir into an artf ul show place f ul l of joie de vivre Written by Bridget Williams Photography by Eric Williams

Homes of distinction line the shore of Geist Reservoir. The one that caught the eye of Steve Cage, founder and chairman of Stratosphere Quality and RPMcollection.com, was certainly enviable for its spacious lot and wooded view across the water, but architecturally it was in need of emphasis and detail. Enter interior designer Julie O’Brien of the Julie O’Brien Design Group, who was tasked with creating a feeling of greater architectural prominence, as well as adding rooms to suit the need for casual family space. In French Baroque architecture, the corps de logis of a manor house contains the entry and the grandest and finest rooms. O’Brien employed this principal to rework the approach and entrance to the home. Whereas one previously entered through an ordinary front door and directly into a cavernous formal living room, one is now greeted with landscaped planting beds leading to a balustraded front verandah and an impressive limestone frontspiece topped with a mansard-style roof. Spiral topiaries in front of round windows are placed on either side of the archway leading to the front door.

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A plaster goin vault ceiling dotted with a trio of bronze lanterns from Dennis & Leen delineates the gallery style entry hall from the formal living room. Laura Gordon faux painted the wall at the far end that extends down to the wine tasting room in the lower level. The chandelier at the top of the staircase is also Dennis & Leen. The console table is from Dessinfournir.

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Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork is responsible for the fine cabinetry in the study. The partner’s desk is from Ebanista; the desk lamp is from Baker; the wing chairs are by Dessinfournir; and the coffee table is from Dennis & Leen.

A plaster groin vault ceiling dotted with a trio of bronze lanterns from Dennis & Leen delineates a long gallery style hall from the formal living room. Underfoot is a unique application of stone with glass mosaic tile inlay. “We had to make the living room a bit smaller, but now the home has the feeling of entering something special,” said O’Brien. The room has a subtle circular theme, played out via the custom-made, ornate overmantle piece on one end of the room and a trio of circular windows with backlit alabaster above the entrance to the dining room on the opposite side. Additional architectural intent was added with ceiling beams and coving, which are further enhanced with hand-stenciled details. One is quick to note the abundance of art – both traditional and contemporary – found in every room. While featured artists hail from around the globe, O’Brien tries to source most items from local galleries, such as Ruschman Fine Art and Editions Limited. Also evident is O’Brien’s use of myriad patterns within the same room. A hallmark of her style, she is quick to admit that many clients are apprehensive when presented with so much stylistic diversity, but that they become quick converts following the install. In the living room, varied patterns in unifying colorways are played out in fine silk, velvet and bouclé.

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The kitchen is a gourmand’s dream, with double islands, a trio of colored wood finishes and topnotch appliances.

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Left and above: The newly added recreation rooms serve as a repository for an impressive collection of sports memorabilia – all neatly organized by O’Brien on custom shelving. Slate tiles accented by mosaic glass insets adorn the walls.

Silk rugs over original cypress flooring adorn the floor in both the living and dining rooms. The latter was purchased in New York City. Simultaneously traditional and forward-looking, the wallpaper in the dining room from the Etched Damask Collection by David Goldberg Design Corporation was prepared by abrading a tinted aluminum veneer through a pattern framework. A hand-rubbed translucent stain further enhances the large-scale print. Both the dining table and chandelier are from Niermann Weeks. The kitchen is a gourmand’s dream, with double islands, a trio of colored wood finishes and topnotch appliances. The kitchen is open to a comfortable hearth room and eat-in area with million dollar views of the pool, lawn and lake. Stairs lead to a pair of guest rooms in the lower level. At the opposite end of the gallery hall from the kitchen, a small vestibule with an inlaid medallion in the wood floor separates the entrance to the master suite from a newly added wing. The open arms of “Lyric,” a five-foot limited edition polished bronze sculpture by Corbin Bronze, provides a welcoming entrée to the restful space.

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The formal living room has a subtle circular theme, played out via the custom-made, ornate overmantle piece on one end of the room and a trio of circular windows with backlit alabaster above the entrance to the dining room on the opposite side. The sofas are Donghia; matching armchairs are from Marge Carson; Nancy Corzine and A. Rudin lounge chairs; Nancy Corzine floor lamps; and, Dessinfournir painted armoire. The painting to the left of the fireplace is by Polish artist, Emil Polit.

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A delicate silk Fortuny pendant is centered in the soaring ceilings of the renovated master bath. O’Brien gave emphasis to an existing header by adding columns to create a vignette for the new freestanding tub.

Whereas physical modifications to the master bedroom were limited to the addition of built-ins on either side of the fireplace, the master bath was completely overhauled. O’Brien pointed out that the original space was very “choppy,” with a run-of-the-mill tub and shower combo. “We ‘dolled up’ the existing header over the tub and added columns to create a vignette for the new freestanding tub,” she explained. A unique curved door that nearly reaches the apex of the groin vault ceiling gives prominence to the double shower. A delicate Fortuny silk pendant lamp casts a flattering glow. A similar light fixture can be found above the sitting area in the bedroom. The vanities were custom-made with a hand-leafed finish; natural shell tiles frame the mirrors. An enviable amount of closet space – meticulously constructed of cherry wood – was gained during the renovation and is separated from the bath by a vestibule with a mirrored Niermann Weeks chandelier. A “secret” door in the closet leads directly to the new study, which is gradually becoming a repository of treasured personal and professional mementoes. Crafted by Conceptual

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The vanities in the master bath were custom-made with a hand-leafed finish; natural shell tiles frame the mirrors. A unique curved door that nearly reaches the apex of the groin vault ceiling gives prominence to the double shower.

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Donghia chairs surround a Niermann Weeks table in the dining room. A painting by Emil Polit is framed by silver-leafed columns. The silk rug was purchased in New York City.

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A wine tasting room is tucked under the base of the floating staircase in the lower level.

Kitchens & Millwork, the built-in cabinetry includes seeded glass in the upper cabinets to match that on the French doors that lead to the room. A gallery finished with antique mirrors from Niermann Weeks inset into wood paneling marks the transition point between the original home and the new addition. Built-in shelving on one wall holds a collection of books and collectibles. O’Brien is a master at selecting functional pieces that do double duty as works of art, such as theatrical Rose Tarlow Grisaille side chairs on either side of a chinoiserie-style Rose Tarlow console. Limestone and polished travertine laid in a zigzag pattern à la Missoni is found at the base of the newly built stair hall. Overhead is an iron orb chandelier from Iron Works. Stairs lead up to a guest suite and a large playroom and down directly into the three-room spa. Laura Gordon faux painted the wall that spans from the main floor to the lower level in the stair hall. “I gave her a basic idea of what I was looking for, and she created something that looks like a giant fine art canvas,” said O’Brien. Tucked under the base of the gently curving staircase is a cozy wine tasting area, O’Brien’s favorite “room” and reminiscent of a VIP hideaway in a chic

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O’Brien designed a columned vignette to define the climate-controlled wine cellar. Klismos chairs from Wicker Works Klismos surround a Murray’s Ironworks tabl

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he open floorplan of the spacious recreation room in the lower level makes the area a favorite among family and friends. Windows provide views of the pool, lawn and Geist lake.

nightclub. The area is distinguished by a contemporary sectional and a pair of glass baluster tables by Wicker Works in the style of iconic Eames stools. O’Brien designed a columned vignette to define the climate-controlled wine cellar. The style of the adjacent formal bar was designed around a preexisting mirror. The focal point of the comfortable seating area is a quatrefoil armoire with antique mirror insets from Niermann Weeks. Circular ceiling detail and a mosaic tile floor medallion define the entrance to the newly added recreation rooms. Stacked stone disguises utilitarian support columns. The game room serves as a repository for an impressive collection of sports memorabilia – all neatly organized by O’Brien on custom shelving. Slate tiles accented by mosaic glass insets adorn the walls. Stairs lead down into a large theatre room, which also encompasses a casual bar and seating area. The screen is centered within a paneled wall; a large kidneyshaped sofa is positioned in front for optimal viewing. At the push of a button, shades in the adjacent game room can be lowered to enhance the picture. Design influences in each of the rooms represent a Grand Tour of sorts, pulling from Asian, European and contemporary influences. Common among them is a luminosity applied by O’Brien using a deft hand. From the obvious – silver and gold leaf accents on trim work and antique mirrors – to the subtle – iridescent threads woven into the upholstery on the dining chairs and tiny silver sequins sewn into the simple linen drapery in the bedroom – no detail was left unattended in this French-inspired home. sl

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Recess

A culinary playground

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Written by Bridget Williams Photography by Eric Williams

“I’m a heavy metal and beer kind of guy and wanted a restaurant that reflected my personality,” said Greg Hardesty, chef/proprietor of Recess, his third restaurant venture in Indianapolis. He greeted us one recent afternoon at the door with a craft beer in hand, looking more like a rockabilly hipster than someone most recently known for the more rarefied environment at the now defunct Elements. After a quick glance around the industrial chic dining room, it all made sense. Hardesty “went through the motions” to obtain a public affairs degree from IU in 1991 and after trying his hand at a sales job, he followed his gut and decided to do what he had wanted to try for years – working as a chef. He traded in his tie for tongs, taking a $6 an hour job as a salad chef. While his dad hoped it was a phase, Hardesty quickly realized that he had found his calling. He eschewed formal culinary training for on the job experience, putting in long hours of sweat equity working up the ranks at various local establishments. After marrying, he and his wife - an occupational therapist - decided to indulge in a bit of California dreamin’ by living in Los Angeles. It took him more than a month to find his first job in California, but it was a good one working under Joaquim Splichal, owner of the highly regarded Patina restaurant. He followed that with a stint at Rubicon, which had a 14-year run as one of San Francisco’s finest dining establishments.

Left: Sous Chef Abbi Merriss, Chef/Owner Greg Hardesty, Chef Daniel Diaz & Chef Jon Brooks

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Wanting to be closer to family following the birth of their first child, the couple returned to Indianapolis in 1998. “Our adventure had run its course, and I got great experience working in a big time atmosphere,” said Hardesty. In 2000 he opened H20 sushi, inspired by his time in San Francisco. “My wife and I had fallen in love – infatuated really – with that style of cooking. Sushi fit the mold of what I was all about: using what’s fresh and available and serving it ‘clean,’ meaning no overdressing or heavy sauces,” he explained. That style of cooking also helped him strike a balance between family and work, something of paramount importance to him. Inspired by the success of H20, he opened Elements in 2004. While it quickly garnered critical praise, overseeing two restaurants took its toll. “I spent most of my day driving back and forth between the two,” he said. H20 was sold to former employees with whom he remains friends. Recess, Hardesty’s 40-seat dinner-only venture in the Meridian Kessler neighborhood, offers fans of his cooking the next best thing to being invited to his house for dinner (which incidentally is only about a mile from the restaurant). Hardesty does all of the deciding for you, offering only a pre fixe menu (no à la carte selections), that changes daily and is available with or without wine pairings. When asked how far in advance he plans, Hardesty admits that sometimes the menu for that evening’s dinner gets written up around noon the same day (menus for the evening are also posted on their Web site, recessindy.com).

Left: Pork tenderloin sandwich with double Gloucester cheese and Room Four fries

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The menu incorporates all local proteins outside of the fish selections, which are sourced daily from his contact in Chicago. To devise the evening’s offerings, Hardesty said he takes stock of what’s on hand and “plugs it into the menu.” The word recess calls to mind a break from the rules and a time to express oneself outside the conventions of the day’s rigors, and similar sentiments could be used to express Hardesty’s approach. “I always wanted a restaurant where I could focus on four or five dishes, rather than 12 to 14 different items. That way I can put the best of the farmer’s market into a single meal,” he explained. As the menu reflects what is available seasonally, Hardesty is looking forward to the gradual “greening” of the menu brought about by the spring harvests and a productive outing to hunt for ramps (wild leeks) in Bloomington. Not wanting to box in his particular penchant with a label, he does admit to eschewing “fusion-style” cooking in favor of classic cuisine, to which he applies a Midwestern spin and ingredients. He cited the corned

Right: Fischer Farms beef tenderloin with scallion polenta, wilted young swiss chard and pickled onions

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short ribs rather than the traditional brisket he offered on St. Patrick’s Day as an example. While Hardesty presents some seriously good food, the vibe at Recess is definitely relaxed, with wait staff attired in street clothes of their choosing. “I want my staff to express their personality,” he said, adding that half of his current staff had worked with him at his other establishments. The walls are exposed block that has been sandblasted. The concrete floors have a urethane finish, and the Herman Miller molded fiberglass chairs were purchased at auction from the Elkhart Public Library (and remind those of us of a certain age of fidgeting in similar chairs, perhaps dreaming of recess, during our school-aged years). At press time, Hardesty was putting the finishing touches on Room 4, a second restaurant immediately adjacent to Recess and whose name commemorates his fourth Indianapolis establishment. Like its sibling, Room 4 will offer a continually changing menu, but patrons will have the opportunity to order à la carte. Desiring an “underground-style,” there will be no signage for Room 4 on the façade of the building, rather a plaque, reminiscent of what one would find in a school, will mark the entrance to the annex of Hardesty’s original culinary playground. Deciding to eat at a restaurant where you have absolutely no idea what will be on the menu can be a little intimidating, admits Hardesty, but he has won over legions of fans who pack the place each evening to see where their culinary journey will lead. “Dining out should be fun and approachable,” he said. “I cook for people who want reasonable portions and food that is healthy and sustainable.” sl Recess is located at 4907 N. College Ave. Open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday, reservations can be made by calling 317.925.7529.

Left: Capriole goat cheese and vanilla bean tart with bittersweet chocolate sauce

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Above: Photo by Brian Spurlock Opposite page: Victory in Scofield, Screenprint on Paper

Modern Histor y Artist Walter Knabe Written by Bridget Williams At the tender age of 14 – when boys of similar age are typically consumed with attending to the minutiae of adolescence – Walter Knabe had an epiphany. “I realized what I wanted to be and it made things really simple for me,” he said. Drawn in part to abstraction, but more so to the use of strong, contemporary colors, his current repertoire under the umbrella of Walter Knabe Studios includes fine artwork, fabrics and wallpaper. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1979 with an MFA, Knabe set out for New York City, where various apprenticeships - including acclaimed silkscreen printer and designer Rupert Jason Smith - taught him how to silkscreen on a professional level. Extremely personable and modest, Knabe isn’t one who will readily spout off his list of accomplishments, but when pressed, he 98 slmag.net

cites a 1997 exhibition at the Felissimo Design House in New York City as one of his professional high water marks. “The exhibition was spread out over several floors and it was notable because I was able to do everything, from dinnerware to scarves and notebooks. Capping it off was a show of my paintings on the top floor of the brownstone,” he recalled. Knabe’s list of select private projects and collections of note includes Michael Jordan, Caroline Kennedy, Mr. & Mrs. George Bush, Andre Agassi, Richard Gere, Bill Cosby, Madonna, Neil Simon, Spike Lee and Dyan Cannon. Among the public spaces exhibiting his work are Harrods, Bloomingdales, Chanel and Trump Plaza in New York City, Tangs in Singapore, Walt Disney World, the Indianapolis ArtsGarden and The White House.


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Above left; Spiritual Awakening - Morgan, Acrylic on Canvas, 72” x 64”, Year: 2010 Above right; Spirituel De’claration, Acrylic on Canvas, 64” x 52”, Year: 2009 Opposite page: Girls to Women, Screenprint on Paper

In recognition of his many achievements, including his selection in 2010 as the Official Artist for the Indy 500 (the first Indiana-based artist to be given such a commendation), the Indiana Interior Design Coalition, a non-profit organization founded in 2003 to serve as a unified voice for qualified interior designers and associated design principles throughout the state of Indiana, recently presented him with its Legends IN Design award during a presentation at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. An intricate layering of jaunty colors infuses Knabe’s pieces with palpable energy. Also common among his diverse offerings in fine art, fabric and wallpaper is a hearkening from antiquity. Historical icons and classic patterns reinterpreted with whimsy are, in his words, “an important component of nurturing mankind”. A diversion from his incorporation of classic motifs that have included the likeness of Aphrodite, Buddha and Queen Elizabeth, is a series of portraits of young people meant to capture the essence of how they view themselves via their postings on social networking sites. Using submitted or loosely composed photographs he’s taken of his subject, Knabe employs techniques common with his other fine art pieces: an initial hand painting or staining a raw canvas on the floor, followed by working in the silkscreened image, and then adding additional paint and silkscreen elements until the

work conveys its desired message. The finished pieces represent his examination of current events facing society. “These pieces give gravity to current events,” he added. Having recently moved into a new studio in the Indiana Design Center, Knabe is enjoying the benefits of working within a larger design community, which has already resulted in a partnership with neighboring tenant Outré, a family-owned and Indiana-based furniture manufacturer. The result has married Knabe’s one-of-a-kind fabrics with classic Outré furniture personalities. Knabe is excited about the simple, streamlined designs with minimal hardware that showcase his lively use of pattern and color. sl Those interested in seeing Knabe’s pieces in person or learning more about his screen-printing techniques should plan to attend one of his upcoming in-studio demos and exhibitions: May 26, exhibit 6-8pm, demo 7-7:30pm / May 27, exhibit 5-8pm, demo 6:30-7pm / May 28, exhibit 10am-4pm, demo 2-2:30pm. RSVP for demos should be directed to Rachel Coy, rachel@modernmastersfab.com. Walter Knabe Studios is located at 200 S. Rangeline Road, Suite 217 in Carmel, IN. For more information, call 317.574.9800 or email info@walterknabe.com.

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Discover the Indiana Design Center

Photography by Angela Talley and Tony Valainis

Dear Friends: I am pleased to invite you to explore the Indiana Design Center, the anchor of Carmel’s Arts & Design District. The Indiana Design Center offers residents of Central Indiana and visitors to the area access to high quality interior design resources in showroom settings within a single building. Indiana is now one of fewer than 20 states with a dedicated Design Center! When the decision was made to redevelop Old Town Carmel into the Arts & Design District, a key component of that plan was to create the Indiana Design Center as a resource to serve the needs of both consumers and designers. It is exciting to have the Indiana Design Center in the heart of the Carmel Arts & Design District, which is quickly becoming one of the Midwest’s premier settings for the arts and design industry. The Indiana Design Center can spur your creativity while answering the needs of your home interior’s projects and just outside its doors you’ll find an array of boutiques, art galleries, antique dealers, and restaurants. I hope you’ll enjoy this one-stop-shop and the many amenities within the Carmel Arts & Design District. Very truly yours, Photo by Lois Wyant

James Brainard Mayor Greetings: Welcome to the state of Indiana’s premier crossroads of design resources! At the Indiana Design Center you can discover, learn and connect with all facets of the design industry. Whether you are looking to discover the latest furnishings, fabrics, art, accoutrements for the kitchen, bath or other rooms in your home, or need the expertise of a designer to pull it all together, the Indiana Design Center is the place for you! 200 South Rangeline Road is the address where all are invited to see and buy the most recent offerings from the nation’s leading design markets and learn from those instrumental in steering the direction of today’s design trends. As well as being the location to connect with the world of design, the IDC exists to be a robust voice for Indiana’s design community through these four goals: Championing Design Excellence in the state of Indiana Being a Resource for design industry trends and happenings Facilitating Connections between the agendas of the State’s professional design organizations, their members and the public Generating Economic Growth through business development opportunities and continuing education It is my sincere hope that you will return again and again to be inspired by our ever changing wealth of design resources!

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Premier Collection of Design Resources

Consumers in central Indiana no longer have to travel to cities like Chicago, New York or Miami to have access to the best that interior design has to offer. The Indiana Design Center offers a single destination shopping experience for everything one could ask for in residential and commercial interiors. Located in the heart of Carmel’s Arts & Design District, this stylish new Design Center is much more than a beautiful façade. Inside you’ll find innovative and inspirational surprises sure to impress even those with the most discriminating taste.

Whether you’re searching for a complete kitchen remodel, new furniture or some accent pieces for your home, the Indiana Design Center has it covered and much more. There is much to explore throughout the showrooms and studios. Leading national brands like Kravet and Ralph Lauren Home are represented and you can also find several options that are family-owned and based in Indiana. The first floor retail showrooms are open to the public, including J. Baker Interiors, Drapery Street, Ferguson, and Holder Mattress – Home Collection. In addition, Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork, Eckert-Wright Art & Design, Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs, Premier and Santarossa will open this spring and summer.

Access to National Brands Showrooms feature hundreds of national brands like Kravet, Kohler, Ralph Lauren, Sub-Zero, Brizo, Henredon, Masland, Fabrica, Kindel, Schonbek, & Wm Ohs.

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Discover the Indiana Design Center Premier Collection of Design Resources The Indiana Design Center prides itself on being the state’s design resource. It maintains one master calendar of design events and opportunities statewide, and is home to more than 2500 design professionals and their six trade organizations. Design professionals enjoy having access to the Indiana Design Center’s design resource library and reading room, conference rooms and workspace, business center, and light lab.

To access the second floor showrooms, Outré, The Trade Connection and The Trade Source, visitors can shop with their designer or use the designer-on-call services through the Indiana Design Center. The second floor is also home to some of the state’s most renowned artists and their work. Walter Knabe, Constance Edwards Scopelitis and April Willy all have studios here, fulfilling the same balance of art and design offerings in the Design Center that many enjoy in their home or workplace. The mix of designers, ar tists, manufacturers and showroom professionals in the building has led to some very interesting collaborations. Home technology firm, OneTouch Automation has built a full “experience” studio on the second floor that was designed by Julie O’Brien Design Group and will incorporate artwork by April Willy and furniture from the Outré and Trade Connection showrooms, which are all located within the Design Center. If a break is needed from shopping or a design project, visitors can enjoy a gourmet coffee beverage and specialty sandwich or salad from Blu Moon Café also located on the first floor. With its ultra-fresh ingredients and creative recipes, Blu Moon is quickly becoming a favorite breakfast and lunch destination for designers and locals alike. A nice lunch can be topped off with dessert – Blu Moon has a pastry chef on staff and promises you won’t be disappointed.

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You could say for some showroomS, their business is in their DNA Holder Mattress – Home Collection – 3rd generation family-owned and operated Outré – 3rd generation family-owned and operated Santarossa – 3rd generation family-owned and operated Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs – 2nd generation family-owned and operated

Inside the Indiana Design Center RETAIL SHOWROOMS Conceptual Kitchens & Millwork Rob Klein is the award-winning designer and owner of Conceptual Kitchens and Millwork. He and his team know how to take the important ingredients in creating a custom-built kitchen- hand-crafted fixtures, stunning cabinetry, unique countertops- and complete the recipe that gives clients exactly what they want. 317-846-2090, www.conceptualkitchens.com Drapery Street Drapery Street is a design boutique that offers a beautifully curated assortment of one-of-a-kind fabrics and custom design resources. This creative workshop engages the customer in a personal design process that is organized to deliver beautiful interiors that suit each unique taste and lifestyle. By focusing on design expertise, friendly and personal creative consultation and curated style inspiration, Drapery Street appeals to shoppers with different tastes, incomes and styles of living. 317-816-9774, www.draperystreet.com Eckert-Wright Art & Design Eckert-Wright Art & Design is a gallery with an eclectic mix of paintings and sculpture 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, Michael Kalish, Eric Forstmann and Carolyn Plochmann and internationally recognized Robert Rauschenberg, to name a few. The gallery will offer and showcase antiques, oriental rugs, and provide interior design services. 317-569-5980, www.indianadesigncenter.com/p/eckertwright Ferguson Kitchen, Bath & Lighting Gallery Ferguson specializes in selling a wide range of kitchen and bath plumbing supplies, lighting, and appliances to homeowners, builders, and design trade professionals. The Ferguson design team works with customers to create spaces ranging from dream kitchens to outdoor grilling havens. 317-705-0794, www.ferguson.com Holder Mattress - Home Collection Holder Mattress Company was founded in 1947. The Holder family built a tradition of excellence by using the finest materials to custom make their own mattresses and box springs. Attention to detail and craftsmanship assures the Holder Mattress Factory standard of quality that has become notable throughout central Indiana. For the past twenty years, Holder Mattress has focused on furnishing more than the bedroom with unique furniture and accessories. 317-848-2939, www.holdermattress.com J. Baker Interiors J. Baker Interiors was founded in 1955 as a full-service design firm, specializing in consultation and management of every aspect of the design. As professional members of ASID, NCIDQ certificate holders, Registered Interior Designers with the State of Indiana, and with participation in continuing education, designers Jim Baker and Patrick Schmidt exceed standards to provide clients with exemplary service. The J. Baker Interiors showroom offers a mix of home accessories, case goods, fixtures, furniture and more. 317-569-1301, www.jbakerinteriors.com

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Indiana Design Center Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs offers everything you need to transform your flooring selections into a statement about yourself, or your client! With thousands of samples from all the best manufacturers, you will find the showroom to be a comfortable and creative environment in which to make your selections. Their experienced sales consultants are true professionals who will direct you to the products that best fit your lifestyle. 317-569-2095, www.jacklauriegroup.com/home Premier The Premier Experience showroom features exciting Home Electronics Solutions that enhance any lifestyle. These include home entertainment systems, controlled lighting, shades, climate, networks, and security. Whether you desire to “do-ityourself,” or require certified installation, Premier Product Specialists have the knowledge and support you need to provide a complete and easy-to-use solution. For larger scale projects, Premier has a separate Design Team that is available to collaborate with interior designers, builders, architects or other trade contractors to provide Integrated Whole-Home Electronic Solutions with proper design, engineering, project management, and implementation services. 317-580-1032, www.premier-group.com Santarossa Santarossa is the state’s premier natural stone and hard surfaces provider and works with residential and commercial design professionals, builders and homeowners on a variety of hard surfaces applications that range from marble countertops to natural stone mosaics. Quality product and unsurpassed craftsmanship was Domenic Santarossa’s focus when he opened his doors in 1921 and remains the firm’s mantra over 85 years later. 317-632-9494, www.santarossa.com To-the-Trade Showrooms Albert Square Ltd. Albert Square Ltd. is the premier resource for designers and their clients who appreciate a personal and professional relationship and a valued partner in the successful achievement of all of their design needs. They provide merchandise and service that aid Interior Designers with their projects; they continually seek and maintain sources that Albert Square Ltd. represents in a professional manner and with an image that is a complement to the design community. 317-571-1450, www.albertsquareltd.com ESP Business Furnishings ESP specializes in Environmentally Sound Products including the Jasper Desk Company for wood case goods, Eurotrend for cafe, restaurant and home furnishings. Concord for architectural and glass walls, and Design Source International for laminate case goods, ergonomic chairs and lounge seating. The showroom is open to professional designers and by appointment. 812-639-3265, www.jasperdesk.com & www.eurotrendusa.com

Outré Outré is a family-owned and Indiana-based furniture manufacturer that pushes the limits of form and function while meeting the needs of their clients and pushing their creativity. Outré carries over 50 original designs and hundreds of fabric selections and also features the only display for Metric Cabinetry a custom cabinetry line for all rooms of the home. Metric is designed and manufactured in Indiana by local artist Jason Myers of Myers Design Inc. 317-632-3328, www.itstheniche.com The Trade Connection The Trade Connection showroom features national and specialty lines of furniture, case goods, upholstery, fine lighting, mirrors and outdoor furnishings. To add to the diversity of products represented in his showroom owner, Mark Chestnut, travels to furniture markets throughout the year to find specialty and boutique product lines to offer his professional design clientele. 317-575-6122, www.indianadesigncenter.com/p/tradeconnection The Trade Source The Trade Source, an interior design showroom for over 26 years, specializes in selling decorative fabrics, drapery hardware, furniture and specialty wall coverings to design trade professionals; top-selling lines include, Kravet, Lee Jofa, Brunschwig & Fils, Duralee, Robert Allen, Schumacher and many others. The Trade Source offers over 100 lines of fabric and attracts over 400 of central Indiana’s design professionals.   317-818-8250, www.thetradesource.net Design Professionals Angie Fischer Studio With an eclectic chic style, Angie Fischer Studio is described as one stop shop for not only design and home staging advice but also vintage furniture–both modern and rustic, lighting, upholstery, and rare, whimsy home accent pieces. Angie embraces the individuality in each new client and works closely with them to bring both beauty and function into their lives. 317-452-3839, www.indianadesigncenter.com/p/angiefischer Case Design & Remodeling Case Design/Remodeling is your full-service remodeling expert with a proven process that combines design and construction all under one roof. Their experienced staff is passionate about helping homeowners make good remodeling decisions. The Case Team includes experienced architects, designers, project managers and skilled carpenters that have created numerous award-winning projects. 317-846-2600 , www.carmel.caseremodeling.com Deborah Marr Interiors Debbie Marr is an Allied Member of ASID and makes sure that each component of her design is chosen carefully to meet a client’s style and budget. Her reputation as a “designer who listens” is shown in her work; Debbie truly loves to have her clients be an integral part of the design process, and she enjoys intermixing existing furnishings with new furnishings to help meet budget guidelines. 317-660-3441, www.dmarrinteriors.com Design Studio Vriesman For more than twenty years, Tom Vriesman has been creating classically modern interiors of timeless simplicity. His award winning projects have been featured in House Beautiful, Indianapolis Monthly, House Trends and The Indianapolis Star. When not working with his clients, Tom serves on the boards of many arts and cultural organizations and is a frequent guest lecturer and design critic at area design universities and professional organizations. 317-519-1785, www.designstudiovriesman.com

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All are Welcome Building is open to the public Monday – Friday 8 am to 6 pm and Saturday 8 am to 3 pm (showroom hours vary).

Gradison Design-Build Family-owned and operated since 1986, Gradison Design-Build has experienced staff ready to help their clients create the quality home they deserve. With each project they use a process that brings together imagination and unique ideas to build a home that exemplifies the individuality and tastes of each client. Gradison Design-Build has built hundreds of homes – all uniquely different in personality, style and ambience. 317-594-7575 ext224, www.gradisonbuilding.com

Artists April Willy Fine Art April Willy has been illustrating and creating art professionally for over 25 years. She has illustrated extensively for advertising agencies, corporate art departments and the publishing industry. April has shown her fine art in galleries in Atlanta, Chicago, Flagstaff and Santa Fe and at several venues and galleries throughout Indiana. 317-362-9656, www.aprilwilly.com

Julie O’Brien Design Group Julie O’Brien, honored by the international design magazine, Design Times, as one of its 10 Designers to Watch is owner and principal designer of Julie O’Brien Design Group. Her refined sense of design has inspired clients in Arizona, California, Florida, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana and North Carolina. The International Interior Design Association, IIDA, has awarded Julie O’Brien Design Group the top IDEA awards and the company has won over 20 ASID Excellence in Design Awards since its founding year. 317-706-0772, www.julieobriendesign.com Mitsch Design Mitsch Design is an award-winning interior/architecture firm serving regional, national and international clients from its Midwest headquarters in Indianapolis, IN. Their diverse areas of expertise include: Corporate, Hospitality, MultiFamily, Higher Education, Museum, Healthcare, Government and Residential. Mitsch Design is known for their ability to balance aesthetics with workspace efficiencies in order to maximize ROI for their clients. 317-573-2222, www.mitschdesign.com One-Touch Automation One-Touch Automation provides high-quality, affordable automated systems that you can control from anywhere. They design, sell, install and service all of your home technology needs including: Lighting Control, Audio/Video, Security/Surveillance, Home Theaters and Networking. 317-896-1393, www.one-touchautomation.com OEG | Outdoor Environments Group Outdoor Environments Group is an unprecedented landscape architecture, construction, and maintenance firm with a unique scope of services and innovative design solutions. OEG excels when challenged with complex site conditions and intricate site amenities; from an ornate english knot garden to a vanishing edge swimming pool OEG posses the staff to design, construct, and maintain your outdoor environment. 317-517-5760, www.outdoorenvironmentsgroup.com

Constance Edwards Scopelitis Constance has made a career in the world of Fine Art Oil Portraiture. She approaches her subjects from the inside out, meaning she senses the inner personality and the essence of a person before she begins to armour the portrait with flesh and bones. Constance strives for an end result that depicts the vivid life energy emmanating from her subject. 317-414-1925, www.constanceart.com Walter Knabe Studios Walter’s studio produces wallcoverings, fabrics and other home décor utilizing some of the same screen-printing techniques he developed while making fine art screen prints as a painter in New York City. He finds that his relationship with his family continues to offer the foundation for creating a beautiful sanctuary at home and wanting to bring peace to the world through his art. 317-574-9800, www.walterknabe.com Services Silver Square This creative, trusted marketing and design firm based in Carmel is known for hitting it out of the park, using funny as a business tactic, being brutally honest and reveling in clients’ successes. 317-569-5977, www.silversquareinc.com Stream Three Creative Stream Three specializes in bringing innovative video technology, strategies, and services to small and medium sized businesses. They offer innovative video technologies such as Livestream web streaming and iRecord video archiving systems. 317-489-9195, www.streamthreecreative.com DINING Blu Moon Café Blu Moon Café was opened by owners Brian and Shelley Jordan in June of 2010. The couple saw a need for an eatery that offered fresh fare such as paninis, deli sandwiches, soups, homemade prepared salads and fabulous desserts. 317-844-8310, www.blumooneats.com

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The Indiana Design Center is located at 200 S. Range Line Road in the Carmel Arts & Design District. Covered parking is available in the underground garage. For more information about the Indiana Design Center, please call 317-569-5975 or visit www.indianadesigncenter.com.


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No Bull - The very serious market in Chinese 

Polychrome Chinese Figures

We shoulda seen it coming, this crazy boom in the Chinese market. Signs and records starting to occur in 2007, but like other boom markets, some that don’t get mention without eliciting pain (real estate, oil, tech stocks…) we tend to ignore it until it has becomes white hot, and then we (WHAT?) want to jump in and buy. WHOA - if anything, it is time to take deeps breaths, ask important questions, and perhaps sit on the sidelines. If we own any white hot material, the hour has come to sell, but buy? This bull market is not for the faint of pocket.  A strong Chinese economy has allowed a huge Chinese middle class to acquire all the attributes of success. After the companies, the huge houses, the limo-like autos and the ivyleague schools, the Chinese, like the rest of the world, see art as status and investment. In the last five or six years, art has become both an attribute and investment. It is a smart choice. The Chinese are investing in their future, as well as in their past, repatriating the things of their heritage. The boom in Chinese buying is for things Chinese, and not for items made for the “China Trade” - those of European tastes and markets of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The Chinese are buying things made for the Chinese people, both humble and imperial, items of their past and Chinese contemporary art.  Authenticity/Originality is the most important value feature. However, as far as the Chinese are concerned, sometimes the value of a fine reproduction of an original

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Chinese Cinnabar Wedding Box, Qing Period or Earlier

work, by a good old hand, may far exceed the value of an original new work by a less talented soul. Authenticity is also paramount - auction houses and dealers who sell to the Chinese have to be absolutely rock steady in their pronouncements. If it isn’t what they say it is, a reputable house has to/will take it back. Nevertheless, there is still a minefield of fakes to toe through, and no one can fake better than the Chinese. For this reason, most Chinese buyers of important pieces are having their prospective treasurers found and vetted by knowledgeable dealers. Did I say there’s a boom in Chinese art consulting as well?  The press has a profusion of stories of every major, secondand third-tier auction house, selling small porcelains, rhino cups or jadeite pieces for millions, when they were only estimated in the hundreds or thousands. No one feels shame here, as this is an unpredictable market. No one really knows where this market can go, or for how long, and whether this buying rampage is real or, like the all-too-brief surge in things Russian, just an attractive blip on auction sales screen. The Chinese government has a stake in its continuance, as a ‘buying’ Chinese public is a stable public and this is good. The moral of this tale is to sell, even if you have no idea what you have. Go and find out; it is that important.  If the allure and charm of this frenzy in things Chinese has put visions of Peking glass on the mind, then it is time to learn


Late 19th-century Chinese Gilt-decorated Armchair

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Group of 18th-century Chinese Export tablewares, from the Collection of Elizabeth and Arlyn Wagner, Lexington, Kentucky

Mid-19th century Chinese Louis XV-style Console Table

a thing or two. It should be said that all the books on Amazon’s Kindle, or for us retarditaires, all the books in the library, will not help. Works need to be seen and handled. As the Chinese Marcie Simms says, “a smart consumer is our best customer”.  Go where fine things are - a must see is the Chinese collection at the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada. They have a collection second to none outside of China and are undergoing a millions-of-

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Canadian-dollars renovation. If one intends to buy, it is critical to start with seeing the best and then the next tier down. Find good dealers. Handle what you can afford to buy - or break. One needs to feels the lightness of Chinese potted ceramics over that of heavier Japanese pieces. Please avoid the Look - you are not fooling anyone with those blue and white ginger jars with Chinese character, “Happiness,” ornamentation. They are so Pier One, and cliché.


19th-century Flambe Glazed Chinese Vase

Buyers should also avoid less than perfect items, but I digress…why even discuss buying great Chinese things when most buyers will be competing with the Chinese new money - let them have it! They are going to outspend you!  If the urge persists, you can have your Chinese and eat off of it too. Fabulous Chinese export pieces from the 18th and 19th centuries abound, and table wares can be purchased inexpensively and in abundance, and the learning curve for them is minute. Look for the blue and White Canton wares stoneware and porcelain shipped to the West from China from the 17th through the 19th centuries. It is charming, it can be formal or casual and it is comparatively cheap.   Another available Chinese export is Rose Medallion ware. A profusion of Rose Medallion has been for sale in the last five years, perhaps because the generations that collected it are dying out. It is rather ‘fancy’ and not to everyone’s taste, but it is available en mass.  Exquisite armorial porcelain, made for the Western market, primarily the English market, is sincerely inexpensive (cheap), compared to what collectors paid in the 1970s through 1990s. Most of it is timeless design, hand-painted by the Chinese in the European taste. Vestiges of Meissen and Sevres design can be found on some Chinese export, as the Chinese were emulating the high end tastes of Europe, hungry for the status of porcelains in the 18th century.

Chinese Qianlong Period Enameled Vase

Still slightly undervalued are Chinese women artists. Buying Chinese Paintings by female artists has potential and can be an attractive market for new collectors and collectors with a smaller budget. Chinese paintings by Chinese woman artists of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) were first auctioned as a group in Beijing, 2006. Works were by female artists Li Ying, Ma Quan, Qian Yuling, and Liao Jiahui, Subject matter matters - for female artists, focus on flowers, bird, and female figures. In 2004, a Chinese flower painting by Yan Yan of the Song dynasty (918-960) sold for $34,375 in Shanghai. The painting of “Five Hundred Arhats” by Liao Jiahui reached $8,250 in 2006 in Beijing. Another painting by the same artist was sold for $4,600 in Hong Kong in 2005. Rising statistics suggest that the value of Classical Chinese paintings by female Chinese artists has room for improvement in coming years. Regretably, falling hammers and price tags gets the attention of the public far more quickly than anything else. Maybe it is time to ‘own’ an appreciation of things Chinese - we can all afford to do that!  sl

Diane C. Wachs is Director of Fine and Decorative Art at Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati, OH. A former museum director and professor hailing from Lexington, KY, Diane holds a Masters in the History of Decorative Art from the Cooper-Hewitt Museum/ Parsons School of Design, New York, NY. Diane has led the Fine and Decorative Art Department at Cowan’s for over four years, overseeing auctions of over $8 million in fine art and antiques.

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Written by Bridget Williams Photography by Eric Williams Homo erectus is said to have mastered the use of fire around 500,000 B.C. In subsequent millennia, the primitive act of roasting meat over an open fire has evolved into a culinary art form uniquely expressed among cultures the world over. In the United States, the sizzle of meat on the grill is a quintessential component of a steamy summer afternoon.

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For nearly a century, USDA Prime and USDA Choice beef, lamb, pork, poultry, bison and veal from Robinson’s Prime Reserve has been served at award-winning restaurants both locally and abroad, flown to remote venues for events hosted by world-renowned chefs, and served to six U.S. Presidents and even a few royal families. In 2010 the company set grillmeisters’ tongues wagging with news that their hand-carved, hand-selected meats can be ordered on-line (robinsonsprimereserve.com). Robinson’s beef ribeye steaks and lamb chops served as the focal point of a grill-centric garden party dinner. Arrangements of white hydrangeas, peonies and lilies displayed in mason jars atop a weathered table fashioned from remnants of an old tobacco barn complemented the casually elegant menu, which was served on rustic Match Convivo tableware. sl

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Traditional Peasant Tomato and Garlic Bruschetta Serves 4

4 large ripe tomatoes 4 thick slices of country bread, preferably sourdough 2 garlic cloves, halved Extra virgin olive oil for sprinkling Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Roughly chop the tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. To make the bruschetta, grill the bread on both sides until lightly toasted. Rub the top of each slice with the cut garlic and then sprinkle with olive oil. Spoon the tomatoes over the bruschetta and sprinkle with additional olive oil. Serve immediately. Adapted from Maxine Clark’s Italian Kitchen, 192 pages, Ryland Peters & Small.

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Grilled Lamb with Herbes de Provence Serves 4

12 1” thick rib lamp chops, each 3-4 oz. 1/4c extra virgin olive oil 2 lemons 3tbs Herbes de Provence Salt and freshly ground black pepper Arrange the chops in a nonreactive baking dish just large enough to hold them in a single layer. Combine the olive oil and the juice of one lemon and whisk to blend. Set half aside for basting and brush the chops on both sides with the remaining mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle the chops with 2tbs of the Herbes de Provence and marinate for 10 minutes. Set up the grill for direct grilling and preheat to high. When ready to cook, brush and oil the grill grate. Arrange the chops on the hot grate and grill, turning with tongs, about 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Baste with remaining marinade as they cook. Transfer the chops to a platter and season with the remaining Herbes de Provence. Serve at once, accompanied by the remaining lemon, cut into wedges. Adapted from The Barbeque Bible by Steven Raichlen, 556 pages, Workman Publishing Company.

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Grilled Pears, Spiced Honey, Walnuts & Blue Cheese Serves 4

6.5oz bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped 1.5 sticks unsalted butter 1 2/3c sugar 1c all-purpose flour 3 eggs Confectioners’ sugar, to decorate

1/2c shelled walnut halves 2tbs clear honey 1/4tsp cardamom 4 ripe but firm pears 2tbs sugar, for dusting 4oz blue cheese

Preheat the oven to 325º F. Put the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (do not let the base of the bowl touch the water). Cook until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Add the sugar and stir until well incorporated. Add the flour and stir. Beat in eggs and mix until thick and smooth. Spoon the batter into a prepared baking pan and bake for approx. 30-35 minutes until flaky on top but still soft in the center. Be careful not to over bake. Let cool completely before dusting with confectioners’ sugar to decorate. Adapted from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook, 144 pages, Ryland Peters & Small.

Place the walnuts in a skillet, add the honey and cardamom and cook over high heat until the honey bubbles furiously and starts to darken. Immediately pour the mixture onto a sheet of waxed paper and let cool. Once cool, peel from the paper and set aside. Preheat the grill. Using a sharp knife, cut the pears into quarters and remove and discard the cores. Cut the pear quarters into thick wedges. Dust lightly with sugar and cook over medium-hot coals for about 1 ½ minutes on each side. Pile the pears onto a plate, sprinkle with the walnut mixture and serve with the blue cheese and a glass of dessert wine. Adapted from Lazy Days and Beach Blankets: Simple alfresco dining with family and friends, 176 pages, Ryland Peters & Small.

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Musical Masterpiece

Written by Bridget Williams

The Palladium Concert Hall Referred to by Carmel Mayor James Brainard as “the most significant building to be constructed in Indiana this century,” The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel celebrated the opening of the $126 million, 1,600-seat Palladium concert hall with a week-long series of events in January. Designed and described as a “landmark for listening”, the limestone-clad building was designed by David Schwarz, who took aesthetic clues from Italian architect Andrea Palladio (1508-1580), and his most famous work, the Villa Rotunda in Vincenza, Italy. Three floors of balconies line the sides of the domed ‘shoe box’ shape concert hall. Gently sloping floors of Brazilian cherry on the main floor ensures optimal viewing from every seat.

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Said to be the most acoustically sound building in the world on the day it opened, the building boasts an “acoustic canopy”– a 63-foot-wide set of glass panels of varying thicknesses that can be lowered from 60 to 34 feet as needed to enhance sound quality. The celebration culminated in a star-studded gala opening where celebrity guests Chris Botti, Dionne Warwick, Neil Sedaka and Cheyenne Jackson joined Michael Feinstein, Artistic Director for The Center for the Performing Arts and the Carmel Symphony Orchestra by demonstrating the acoustic capabilities with varied musical performances produced by acclaimed Hollywood producer Gordon Hunt.


In addition to the Palladium other facilities for the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel City Center will include the Tarkington proscenium theater, scheduled to open in August, and the 200-seat Studio Theater, which opened in February. “The Studio Theater is a flexible theatrical space intended to nurture local and national artists. In addition to the Center’s resident companies and their productions, the Center will present national performers,” said Steven B. Libman, President/ CEO of the Center for the Performing Arts.

The Palladium will also be home to Michael Feinstein’s Great American Songbook Collection, acting as a museum and education center by day and a concert venue by night. Original sheet music art from “Porgy and Bess”; Fred Astaire’s dancing shoes; and the player piano roll from George Gershwin’s 1925 “Rhapsody in Blue” are among the items currently on display. sl For more information visit - Thecenterfortheperformingarts.org

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Palladium Opening

Jeryl and Larry Mitsch

Katrina and Frank Basile

Leo and Jennifer Dierckman, Tigon and Jeff Dausman

Maxwell and Jacqueline Anderson

Steven and Sally Greenberg

Kristie and A.J. Smith

R. Kent Baker and Gloria Novotney

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Raxton and Rosemary Waters

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Matt Worthley and Dawn Terhorst


Rollie and Cheri Dick

Dick and Mary Beth Oakes

Brad Meyer, Jeremy Hath, and Rick Marshall

Donna Phelan and Donna Clary

Michael Feinstein

Dottie Hancock

Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard with his daughter Martha and wife Liz

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Gala Bel Canto

Held at Historic Union Station, guests at the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir’s Broadway Gala Bel Canto were treated to “A Night on Broadway” along with dinner and dancing. Proceeds from the event will further the Symphonic Choir’s mission of creating and performing new choral masterworks, and to community outreach and education.

Matt and Candace Nelson

Frank and Katrina Basile

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Emily and Joe Mahurin

Peter and Meg Johnstone, Richard and Jan Helspur

Jim and Judy Hoban

Kristin Peoples and Kierra Brooks

Marie Horning and Ryan Thueuer

Anthem Quartet- Daniel Grant, Andrew Myer, Larry Klein, and Duane Henry

Indianapolis Symphonic Choir performs with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

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A Taste of Elegance

Chaired by Christy Nill and Lisa Breall, the preview party for the 24th annual Indianapolis Art & Antiques Show and Sale featured food from more than 20 of Indy’s top restaurants and caterers and live music by Henle and the Loops to complement the coveted early shopping privileges.

Lisa Breall and Christy Null

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Marilyn and Dan Evans, Sarah Lechleiter

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Sam and Alexis Odle

Jeff Breall, Dr. Mike Niemeier

Gary Thrapp, Lisa Breall, Deborah Simon, Betty Stilwell

Dr. Eric and Christa Knoll

Scott and Marcina Langdon

Bob and Ellen Frist

Joan and Peter Tinkler

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Discovery Ball

“We won’t cure cancer overnight, but we’ll stay up late trying” was the resounding sentiment of nearly 650 guests at the 2nd annual American Cancer Society Discovery Ball at the new JW Marriott hotel. The event raised more than $236,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society. Mistress of ceremonies, Deanna Dewberry of WISH-TV 8 was joined on stage by musicians from the American Pianists Association, offering guests a thrilling dueling piano experience. The audience was inspired by guest speaker Dr. Emil Freireich, who helped discover the cure for childhood leukemia. This year’s Discovery Ball was lead by volunteer co-chairs, Cindi Koplow, civic volunteer and Lisa McKinney.

Les Miller, Amy Clifford

Eugene Bednurek, Carol Slone, Sandy Brocking, Donna Poppe, Anna Weiser, Nelson Martin

David and Shelley Ponader

Michael and Keli Myers

Mike and Karrie Wozniak

Doug Talley and Diana Zagarzhevskiy

Jim and Connie Speer

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Tia and T. Ray Phillips

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Ron and Hilary Saluthich


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Evening with Heroes

The 11th annual An Evening With Heroes Gala was an enormous success, raising just over $143,000 to further the Heroes Foundation’s mission of o serving the cancer community through the funding of support, education, and awareness programs, as well as through funding for medical and scientific research. 

Mindy Krol, Kristin Sheets, Amy Strausburger, Amy Upp, Sue Hall, Nikki Smith, Anne Irwin, Beth Grant, Kelly Canade, Erin Weesner, Jessica Irish

Beth Grant, Erin Weesner, Amy Upp

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Dan Yates, Susan Kozlowski

Dipere Smith, Susan Hall, Kristin Sheets, Anne Irwin, Jessica Haun, Amy Strausburger

Tony and Diane Carini

Chris and Allison Cappella

Vince and Cindy Todd

Sean and Lisa O’Connor

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Scott and Molly Tittle

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Yellow Ribbon of Love Gala

Fishers resident Autumn Letendre became a widow when her husband, Marine Capt. Brian Letendre, was killed in Iraq in 2006. In the years since she has become a passionate and tireless advocate for military families. She organized the Yellow Ribbon of Love Gala, a first-time event held held at the Omni Severin Hotel, to raise funds for the Golden Star USA Foundation and its efforts to provide marriage retreats to active and honorably discharged military and their dependants.

Photography by Brian Spurlock

Denise Soots, Jaimee Mitchel

Michael Peterson, Autumn Letendre, Marine Captain Brian Kerg

Rob Meier, Sharon Smith

Eric and Holly Griffith

Wendy Maddy, Michelle Lauer

Elaine and Nate Hull

Gretchen Fox, Amber Gettum, Nickie Andrews

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Oscar Night

The Murat Shrine transformed into an Indian oasis during United Way’s Oscar Night America presents A Night in Bollywood. With 450 people in attendance, this year’s event sold out, raising more than $64,000 towards United Way of Central Indiana’s (UWCI) education priority to help ensure kids have the skills they need to succeed in school and in life. Rupal Thanawala served as a cultural consultant for the gala, having brought back authentic decor, dress and jewelry from India for the occasion. Guests also enjoyed family style hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a gift bag containing an official Academy Awards program.

(front, l-r): Lindsay Cornelius, Robbin Nunley, Shelly Langona; (back, l-r): Katie Hammer, Ashlie Jonte, Beth Cedoz, Linh Preston, Rupal Thanawala, Adriann Barger, Tatum Macleod; Shannon Judkins, Lisa Tellus, Jackie Bolles.

Youth volunteers Pari Revanka and Natasha Bohra

Henna artists paint a floral design on a guest’s hand.

Benefit volunteers

The youth volunteers place a bindi on women as they entered the Murat Shrine.

Sarah Bradbury, Cristin Myers and Kristin Sartor

Student Korey Reaves the microphone as he tells his ReadUp success story.

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Erica, Michael and Angela Dabney

More than 450 people attended the Fifth Annual Oscar Night. This year’s event had the highest number of guests in attendance.

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April in Paris

“April in Paris� was the theme of the Star Gala, an evening benefitting the programs of Assistance League Indianapolis, a not-for-profit, all-volunteer organization whose members identify, develop, implement, manage and raise funds for ongoing philanthropic programs to serve specific needs of children and adults in the greater Indianapolis area.

Scott Donham, Kjerstin Ramsing

Paula Roeder, Karla Kern

Deanne and Tim Dall

Juanita and Jerry Klavon, Jerry and Pat Fritts

Gary and Debbie Calrson

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Ralph Taylor, Beth Luther

Keith and Carol Gambrel

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Debbie and Daniel Yuska

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Susan and Eric Groen


Grand Opening

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Light Gallery unveiled its new showroom in the Indiana Design Center with a festive cocktail reception. Guests perused luxury offerings from the likes of Kohler, Dornbracht, Phylrich, Grohe, Hansgrohe, Delta, Brizo, Moen, Showhouse, Santec, Subzero, Wolf, Miele, Bosch, Thermador, JennAir, KitchenAid, Whirlpool, Shonbek, Hinkley, Minka, Murray Feiss, Savoy House, ELK, Lutron, Maxim, Progress, Seagull and Nulco.

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Melissa Averitt, Andrea Kleymeyer, Karen Corsaro

Mary Lou and Rick Williams

Jim Kennedy, Andrew Jewell

Mindy and Todd Ketchum

Mary Sue Klinkose, Debbie Marr

Andrea Kleymeyer, Cynthia Walker, Jeremy Konechne

Mark Gradison, Bob Danielson, Brian Winkelmann

John McDaniel, Jeremy Konechne, Debbie Harrison, Joey Tharp, Shea Foreman, Laura Rolka, Diana Dingess, Brian Winkelmann, Natalie Whitmer

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Promise Gala

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Indiana State Chapter hosted their 14th annual Promise Gala at the JW Marriott Indianapolis. The Koch family was recognized as the 2011 Promise Light Honoree. Bob Koch, II and Pat Koch accepted the award on the family’s behalf. Proceeds from the event will go directly to JDRF to support our mission of finding a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications through the support of research.

Sydney Cornwell,Tori Dennis, Abigail Mattingly, Jamie Dilk, Lauren Cornwell

Andi and Craig Anderson

Photography by Brian Spurlock

Nicole Lambert and Shirley Wagner

Amarilis Haredia, Carlos Velez, Mr. and Mrs. Nestor Argentina

Jim and Kelly Ratliff

Courtney and Adam Kasper

Dr. John and Therese Lopshire

Paul and Rene Holle

Nicholas George, Adam George, Pat Koch, Leah Koch, Alexa Koch, David Koch, and Erin Koch

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Changing Africa: Helping Orphans Gala

The music of beating drums filled the Fountain Square Theatre during the Changing Africa: Helping Orphans Gala presented by Anchor of Hope Charities. Costumed Zambian drummers and dancers kept the crowd entranced throughout the evening. Anchor of Hope is a charity dedicated to providing education and youth development to orphaned and abandoned children in developing countries, with current projects focused in Zambia, Africa.

Heidi Tumbarello, Ann Seefeldt, Judy Kendall, Becky Pfeifer, Sara Allen

Michelle Bruns, Sula Mazind, Judy Kendall

Photography by Brian Spurlock

Kirk Daniels, Elizabeth Gyimali Daniels

Bridget Bolles, Michelle Bruns, Judy Kendall, Ashley Kendall, Cindy Dixon

Stephanie Clark, Jackie Miller

Lehticia and Damian Kendall

Peter and Isabella Ngcobo

Soweto Street Beat Dancers

Jerry Lewis, Rosalind Wooten, Little Oscar (in front), Bill Shaw

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