Q&A with Annemarie Pankratz 

Original furniture designer

Original furniture designer

Q: What are you reading now?

A: I just began Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins. After finishing Skinny Legs and All, I became obsessed with Robbins and plan to read everything he has written.

Q: What do you like about the Indianapolis art scene?

A: I enjoy how humble the artists in Indy are. When you visit larger cities, the artists tend to be pompous asses, when many of them don’t have a right to be in the first place. Also, there has been a rapid growth recently with the creation of IMOCA, LAMP and other galleries working extremely hard to blend art into the mainstream.

Q: What don’t you like?

A: There isn’t much I really don’t like about the scene. I do wish, however, that there was more of a demand for innovative, truly original art that takes risks. Many people just aren’t ready for it. Without the interest and demand, the supply won’t be at the volume and quality that it should.

Q: What inspires you?

A: I am inspired by everything from the De Stijl movement to the honesty and playfulness of children to my snake Homer, who never fails to provide me with beautiful and curvy forms that inspire some of the furniture that I make.

Q: Drug of choice?

A: I’m not sure that I can go in depth about my drug of choice; however, I did see that Circle Centre Mall has an oxygen bar now with a sign about getting a “natural high.” It’s just so stupid, I have to try it once.

Q: What’s the hardest thing about what you do?

A: The hardest thing about what I do is that even though the response to my furniture is positive, it is limited. Because studio furniture is so expensive and time consuming to make, most people don’t have the money to buy a custom or one-of-a-kind piece. The people who do have money in Indy generally prefer to buy traditional furniture instead of modern.

Q: What’s your favorite TV commercial now?

A: That would have to be the Peter Francis Geraci commercial because I always crack up when he says, “Mash them into one low payment.” The guy is either from Chicago or needs some nasal spray.

Q: Can love be pornographic?

A: Of course! Is there even a line between the two when you are truly in love with someone?

Check out Annemarie’s furniture, including pieces like her Sleigh Bench and Wiggle Chair, at www.annemarie.pankratz.com.

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