Indianapolis artist Walter Knabe has agreed to lease space at the Indiana Design Center, part of Carmel’s efforts to establish its Arts & Design District.
Knabe served as the official artist of this year's Indianapolis 500 and was the first Hoosier to land the gig.
He has worked with Andy Warhol and Keith Haring and has been a staple on the Indianapolis art scene the past 15 years. Knabe's handcrafted artwork and designs include wallcoverings, fabric and other home-decor items. His work is featured in the private collections of Neil Simon, Spike Lee, Bill Cosby, Madonna, Michael Jordan and Caroline Kennedy. It also has been publicly presented at Trump Plaza, the Paris Casino in Las Vegas, Walt Disney World and the White House.
His second-level showroom will serve as a gallery, meeting space and production studio where projects will include the screen-printing technique he developed while working with Warhol. Knabe will move from his Walter Knabe Studios at 1060 N. Capital Ave. in the Stutz building.
The two-story design center, which will open in the summer, is a $14 million, 82,000-square-foot project developed by Carmel-based Pedcor Cos., which also is developing the nearby City Centre.
The Trade Source, J. Baker/Albert Square Ltd., Outré LLC and Julie O’Brien Design Group are also tenants in the building.
The center is on the west side of Range Line Road, south of Main Street between First and Third streets.