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Local artist Knabe lands in Indiana Design Center

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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.

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  • Deals
    There must be some really sweet (subsidized?) deals for rent being offered. The Carmel location is wrong for many of these Design Center "tenants." If there was a demand up there for any of what is being pushed by the local government, places like the Design Center would have been constructed long ago when the area was developing.
  • Good for Walter, bad for economic development
    Who can blame Walter Knabbe to take the lucrative rent offer he was given. But when does someone question the legitimate economic development of "reshuffling the regional deck" to shift one business to another county. This is not an economic incremental gain for central Indiana but merely using taxpayer dollars to shift from one region within the region to another. No gain. It appears that the only attraction strategy Carmel seems to have is based upon replicating or extricating what is already in Indianapolis. That isn't a net sum gain for anyone - except Walter. Good for Walter, bad for Indiana.

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