Rogue Décor opens in Design Center

Rogue Décor designer Adam Graef turned an old trunk into a unique coffee table. (Submitted photo)

Rogue Décor designer Adam Graef turned an old trunk into a unique coffee table. (Submitted photo)

By Debra Sigel

Rogue Decor Company is the latest addition to the Indiana Design Center in Carmel’s Arts & Design District.

The company’s retail showroom, which opens March 8, will feature the work of owner and designer Adam Graef, who specializes in custom, repurposed furniture and lighting.

His one-of-a-kind works stand out for their exceptional craftsmanship, along with his impeccable taste in design.

His career path began at an early age, but his love of décor was something that slowly developed over time.

“It’s a little bit of a family affair,” Graef said. “Although it was not a passion from the start. When I was younger, they would drag me to all the flea markets, antique sales and home tours.”

Now, he welcomes their help with the business and seeks their guidance and expertise. Mom does some painting, and dad does his own architectural projects .

He enjoys finding odd things, whether it’s an antique pop-corn machine or a glide-scope path light (used for landing airplanes) that was picked up from a garage sale.

And then comes the fun part – turning them into either a table or floor lamp.

“Basically, I am more interested in making stuff for people here in Carmel who are looking to find that one-of-a-kind piece that completes a room,” Graef said. “Imagine a vintage score board that lights up with big illuminated numbers – for the man cave. Or, think about a large kitchen timer, where you can put your child in a  time out, and you’re good to go.”

But lighting is also a passion.

“When I go design shopping, I try to find things that are well-made and affordable, and then pass that value onto the customer,” he said.

“I don’t like how everybody has to have a name for their art – I like taking things from the past that have outlived their use and re-inventing them,” Graef said.

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