Where do Indy Designers go to get things fixed?

Where do Indy Designers go to get things fixed?

By Jill Mendoza:

It might not be a 15th-century Renaissance terra-cotta relief, like the Andrea della Robbia that did a back-flip off a wall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art a few years ago. But it might be something you love or use every day and would be sorry to see go. The club chair that’s lost a leg or those antique picture frames that are splitting at the seams…… When bad things happen, interior designers don’t blink, because we know the good people to go to. Anything can be repaired if you know who to call.  We just happen to have a new puppy at home who has had a few very close encounters with a very old beautiful rug in our kitchen. It may be a job for Denver’s Robert Mann, a specialist in Oriental and Southwestern rug and textile cleaning and restoration who is known to designers nationally or a local call to our friends at Royal Gallery of Rugs at Keystone at the Crossing.  Regardless of who may do the cleaning our puppy is sure to have a brighter future as a dog! Even glass can be repaired. “It depends on what’s wrong with it,” says Sara Blumberg of Glass Past, a rare-glass dealer. Internal cracks, no. Chip on the rim, yes. Internal blisters, or “oysters,” no. Re-attachments like stem to bowl, yes. The task at hand is usually an issue of craft and not period. Skills are not specific to centuries.” We recently called upon Shambles to repair caning for a restoration project.  In this case the caning was an integral part of the the chairs and it would have kill the chairs to have it done improperly.  The Artisans at Shambles were able to replicate the intricate design saving these beautiful pieces for another generation to enjoy. Most reputable tradespeople will walk you through the problem before taking the work.  People often ask, ‘Is this repairable?’  Designers must rely upon the individual artisan to carefully help a client assess the level of work required, from repair to conservation. And there is motive.  You should make sure you’re doing the repair for the right reason.  The reality here is what it will cost. If you’re throwing good money after bad, but it’s a sentimental piece—that’s a personal decision. Some things are very difficult to find. If you find it, and it has aesthetic value, then doing the repair is appropriate. If you’ve fallen in love with something that needs repair, you’ll obviously want to repair it.  So, here are a few places you can go in central Indiana.  If you don’t see what you need here, contact us, we have connections! IDO’S REPAIR ROLODEX LIGHTING  Lighting Center & Firehouse Antiques 85 East Cedar St. Zionsville, IN  46077 www.zionsvillelighting.com   Wetter Lamp Shade Company Joe Mullen 2606 N. Delaware St. Indianapolis, IN 46205 317-636-2412 MIRRORS & GLASS Der Glass Werks A custom art studio that specializes in handmade flat & sculptural art glass 6055 N. College Ave. Indianapolis, IN  46220 TMC Studios 1549 Overlook Circle Cicero, IN 46034 317-201-3616 Stained glass restoration, window conservation, stained glass repair, new stained glass panels. JA Watkins Glass Block & Repair 1627 Stonegate Drive Greenwood, IN  46142 (317) 881-3916 FRAMES  Sigman’s Gallery of Fine Art 930 Broad Ripple Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46220 FURNITURE Carmel Custom Refinishing 12292 Hancock Carmel, IN (317) 844-3551 Pronto Mike Caporale 503 N. Emerson Ave. 46219 (317) 339-4456 Commercial furniture repair and reconditioning service (They repair on location) The Shambles Furniture Refinishing & Repair 7183 West US 40 Cumberland, IN  46229 317-894-7075 www.shamblesfurniture.com   UPHOLSTERY/FABRIC   Paul Howard, Inc 1302 North Capitol Ave. Indianapolis, Indiana 46202 (317) 955-2747  R.E. Rhyne Co. Upholstering and Slip Covers 3560 Madison Ave. Indianapolis, IN  46227 317-786-4459

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