A summer refresh at the Miller House
One of our favorite indicators of seasonal change here at the Indianapolis Museum of Art is the biannual “flipping of the pit” at the Miller House, which was completed last week. This is when the heavier winter pillow textiles in the conversation pit are rotated out for the lighter spring and summer ones. When the Millers still lived in the home, this process also included switching out the textile covers on the pit seat and back cushions. In the winter, the pit seats were a deep red, while in the summer, they were covered in the beige Boris Kroll fabric pictured above. Since the IMA has taken ownership of the Miller House (three years as of last week!), the beige has become permanent, with the pillows and carpet being the only parts of the feature that change seasonally. The IMA’s Historic Properties department captured the finished result of the “flipping of the pit” in the bottom photo, and you can read a post about this process on the Indianapolis Museum of Art Blog: Pillow Talk.
Noted architectural photographer Balthazar Korab captured the conversation pit over the years in both the summer and winter iterations. If you look closely in Korab’s photos from the Library of Congress, you will see some of the textile samples from the IMA Archives as they look on the pillows in the Miller House living area.
White, blue, black stripe textile; blue, blue-green textured striping textile; black, white stripe textile; striped brown and black textile, samples all measuring 11.5 x 11.5 in. and sourced by Alexander Girard from Pan American Shop, Box 94, Folders 96-97. Miller House and Garden Collection, IMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN. (MHG_IVi_B094_f096_001-002, 006-008, MHG_IVi_B094_f097_001)
Bors Kroll fabric sample “K3022-004” in Sandstone (2.5 x 2”), Box 12 Folder 121, Miller House and Garden Collection, IMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN. (MHG_Ib_B012_F121_001-002)