Ben Solomon came to Indianapolis as Curator of Decorative Arts for the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1968. His first challenge was to edit each room of the Josiah K Lilly home ‘Oldfields’ to prepare it to be opened to the public. There he continued to build the museums decorative arts collection and to create the Decorative Arts Society. While with the museum, Mr. Solomon attended the highly acclaimed National Trust School at Attingham Park in England.
In 1972, Ben joined the prestigious Carriage Trade Studio interior design firm. Then in 1973, Solomon/Jones Antiques & Interiors was founded and continues to operate some forty years later, now under the new partnership known as Solomon-Paris Antiques & Interiors.
Mr. Solomon taught classes on the ‘History of Furniture’ and ‘History of Interior Design’ at IUPUI from 1978-1989. Ben has numerous times guided museum and private groups thorugh the great English Country Homes. Providing these groups with not only the history of the homes but all the furnishings within and how that shows the lifestyle of the day.
Ben Solomon has over 40 years of interior design experience. He is well known for his ability to work in all traditional design styles, brining a scholarly knowledge to classical design. His work has graced many of Indianapolis’s finest homes. Above all, Ben enjoys making his clients happy in their surroundings and having his work reflect his client’s dreams and desires.
Ryan Paris has had an appreciation for antiques and interior design for many many years. On an annual outing with his grandmother to the Indianapolis Museum of Art (for his 14th birthday), they passed Solomon Jones antique store, then at the corner of 29th and Meridian, and made a stop that forever changed Ryan’s life.
At this time Ryan had been going to auctions, antique shows and even working working at a local antique store in Franklin, Indiana for a couple of years. When he walked through the doors of Solomon Jones that cold January day, he saw things unlike anything Franklin had to offer.
While leaving the shop that day, Ryan said to his grandmother, “I am gonna work there some day.” Fast forward to June 2013, not only had he worked there for over 12 years but he became a partner in a business that he loves.
With Ryan’s passion for interior design and his own unique vision he has emerged, under the tutelage of Ben Solomon, as an excellent designer in his own right and adds another layer of texture and excitement to the Solomon Paris signature.
Ryan holds a degree in interior design and merchandising.