Gary Nance Collection

Indianapolis Star, 2016

Indianapolis designer Gary Nance has unveiled his first collection of designer hardware, stairway spindles and lighting for the home.

Nance, who has been designing in and around Indiana for years, does architectural design. “I design the house itself from the ground up,” he explains.

“I have designed homes and cottages all over the country, Indiana, Montana, Texas, South Carolina and Northern Michigan. I have designed 24 cottages at Lake Maxinkuckee in Culver and 10 at Lake Wawasee.”

Add to that Northern Michigan’s Charlevoix, Bay Harbor and Lake Walloon, where Hemmingway’s family is still entrenched. Clients there are based in New York City, Washington D.C., and Florida.

Over that time, he’s designed custom fixtures and lighting for clients and had them fabricated. Now he has introduced those designs as the Gary Nance Collection, made in Indianapolis.

“There is so much product out there, but it’s never in the right scale or the right design,” he says.

His new collection, which he introduced at the High Point Furniture Market in April, is to the scale that is hard to find and high-end like the statement coach lamps he designed for last year’s Indianapolis Monthly Dream Home.

“The coach lamps needed to be a certain scale and design” as well as the key fixture in the Club Room which were sketched by Gary then custom made.

Hardware finishes include matte black, raw, grained and an antique brass. The look tends toward high-tech industrial. The collection includes unique items such as barn door hardware, thick metal straps, cupolas and unusual turned spindles.

His daughter Taylor Nance is in charge of coordinating the business. Also working with the team are Tiffany McCorkle, a client who saw the vision to expand marketing into the Gary Nance Collection who helps organizations manage the digital transformation that is reshaping our economy and is a mentor to new, high-growth companies. Prior to her current role, she led Customer Relationship Management at Finish Line. Jenni Dillon, a strategist for a supply chain company who previously was Vice President of merchandise planning at Finish Line. “It is an incredible team I have behind me!” says Nance.

In the first two hours of showing the collection at High Point Market he had his first sale. Nance plans to go the NAHB International Builders’ Show in January in Orlando. Recently the Gary Nance Collection premiered to the Indianapolis market at the Indiana Design Center with over 250 guests including clients, builders & local designers who came to show support for the line. The event benefitted the Make-a-Wish foundation which Tiffany McCorkle serves on the board of directors and Southside Animal Shelter where Gary and his family rescued their dog.

Press Release, 2016

Architectural Designer To Launch Gary Nance Collection
During World's Largest Furnishings Trade Show

Line of products brings scale to design

While designing custom homes throughout the country, Gary Nance saw a void in the market for easy-to-obtain, high quality and affordable products. The struggle to find the perfect piece resulted in Gary sketching his design and having the items custom made. Clients, designers, even friends would ask Gary where he found certain hardware or light fixtures and each time he would send a sketch to get it custom made. "I know several designers and homeowners who wait months sometimes even a year plus to get the products they want and now they can get high quality, American made products in six to eight weeks," said Gary Nance.

Initially, the Gary Nance Collection will include:

  • Interior and exterior light fixtures with a variety of finishes
  • Hardware handles, straps & fasteners
  • Stairway spindles in wood and metal

"I've found many situations where stair spindles haven't been updated in 30 years. I want to take the headache away for all of us including interior designers and homeowners," said Nance.

After the debut of the Gary Nance Collection, Nance plans to add a variety of other products.