by Christy Heitger-Ewing | photos by Adam Gibson 

Last year Amer Karim and his wife Muniza, traveled from Bangladesh to visit their college aged son, who was studying in Indiana. The couple, who started Legacy Furniture 26 years ago, fell in love with the Carmel community, the lush green spaces that the Hoosier state offered and the myriad shopping opportunities in the area. After stumbling upon an empty 2,500 sq. ft. showroom in the Indiana Design Center, they decided to lease the space and open a flagship furniture store, which they named PAIR’D Furnishings. In May 2019, the couple hired Stephanie Riwitis to create the collection and open up the showroom.

Over the past year, Riwitis and her lead designer Evan Courter have stayed busy as they prepared for the grand opening, which was scheduled for May, complete with a fancy dinner, live music and dynamite guest speakers who are national designers. However, the pandemic caused them to press pause on the party and now they plan to host their grand opening in conjunction with the Haven summer cover party.

“The collection has been designed specifically for us so there’s a lot of variation in styling,” says Riwitis, noting that customers can expect to see a lot of classic designs but with a modern twist as they take inspiration from classic pieces & modern trends, then merge together. “You’ll see Mid-Century pieces but with modern fabrics and finishes and different lines – all customizable.”