EDGE Collections presents...
Design collaborations on wallpaper and new works by contemporary artists:
Cristina Lei Rodriguez
atelier oÏ x L' Atelier Casablanca
Island Gardens Deep Harbour Marina
888 MacArthur Cswy, Miami FL
Preview: Monday, November 30th 4-7PM
Open Daily throughout Art Basel Miami Beach, November 28 - December 4
EDGE brings together a select group of international artists and designers for an exhibition of original works in multiple mediums with a key tie - collaborative wallpapers.
The exhibition is a visual journey of tropical, nautical and visceral themes brought fourththrough mixed media, painting, furniture, sculpture, scent, and site specific installation.
Miami native Cristina Lei Rodriguez unveils functional sculptures, new works on wallpaper and an 18 foot multi paneled textile mural in the exhibitions living room area. Fossilized Mussels (Silver) is the result of hand worked layers of epoxy resin, paint, concrete and gold to evoke a harmonious and oceanic mood.
The collaboration of Swiss design trio, atelier oï and Moroccan luxury crafters L’ Atelier Casablanca presents handmade leather trunks housing the suspended mobile and scented origami installation Honminoshi Garden as well as a retro-futuristic bar trunk which houses exclusive wine, champagne and spirits.
Brooklyn transplant Eric Bear, who's paintings extend to the collections of Martha Stewart and Isaac Mizrahi sets the tone for tropical modern at the exhibition entrance with his painting titled Nocturnal Emissions. The work is accompanied by a newly released wallcovering that includes highly detailed sections of foliage that were landscaped and manicured by the artist at his home in Little Haiti.
Los Angeles native and tape art wunderkind, Flëkz, creates a site specific ceiling and floor installation in the dining room of the marina lounge that will transform throughout the week. Flëkz works with Nitto tape to produce exceptional geometry without the use of rulers or measuring tools. Other works from Flekz include a collaboration piece titled Ritmo with Londubh Studio and a texturized wallcovering inspired by the work.
Istanbul artist Mert Özgen’s hyperrealistic portraits draw inspiration from the endless beauty of women described in classic literature. Juxtaposing notions of cosmetics with the use of wounds painted on the subjects skin. The two paintings are accompanied by a wallpaper mural of sharp blood corals and lavish gold metallic.
The exterior facade of the building has been transformed by EDGE Collections co-founders and exhibition curators Carl Pascuzzi and Phoebe St. Germain Fellows. White Petal Forest (Philodendron), first shown at the Wolfsonian Museum in 2015 has been repurposed to fit the grand scale of the marina lounge creating a tropical camouflage within the waterfront setting.
Hong Kong based Pigro Felice provides seating in the outdoor areas which overlook Biscayne bay and Downtown Miami’s skyline. Guests are invited to seek refuge throughout the week as the location is a perfect halfway point between art fairs on South Beach and Midtown and Wynwood areas in the mainland.
Bios and accolades:
Cristina Lei Rodriguez lives and works in Miami, FL. The objects Rodriguez creates are abstract sculptures, made from common materials that are given a new intangible life. The sculptures are organic and minimalist, yet finished in a pristine and polished manner; Her sculptures have been exhibited nationally and internationally at museums and galleries such as the Astrup Fearnely Museum of Modern Art, The Neuberger Museum of Art, The Perez Art Museum Miami, Serpentine Gallery, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin (Paris, Miami), Team Gallery, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Guccivuitton.
atelier oï: Founded in 1991 in La Neuveville, Switzerland, by Aurel Aebi, Armand Louis and Patrick Reymond. The 3 founders are architects/designers and members of the Swiss Federation of Architects FAS as well as of the Swiss Federation of Interior Architects/ Designers. Born of an intuitive and emotional affinity with the act of shaping different materials, their projects have been recognized the world over. Between experimentation, cultural exchanges and events devoted to their creations, they design for Wogg, Roethlisberger, USM, B&B Italia, Foscarini, Bulgari, Breguet, Swatch and Louis Vuitton.
L’Atelier Casablanca: Founded in 1995 in Casablanca Morocco, this luxury wood and leather production facility has worked for some of the finest Luxury brands of the world. With product placement from Place Vendôme in Paris, Bond Street in London and 5th Avenue in New York, L’Atelier Casablanca offers a variety of exceptional offerings. In collaboration with design firm atelier oï, the boundaries of design and craftsmanship are pushed with it’s exclusive line of specialty trunks that will become the next generation of L’Atelier Casablanca luxury goods.
Eric Beare is an artist whose work spans a wide variety of styles and genres. The majority of his artwork is commissioned by decorators and designers with whom he collaborates toachieve unique artistic creations. His specialities range from large scale scenic murals to traditional botanical painting, hand crafted accessories and objet d'art, as well as surface design including textiles and wallpaper. His work has appeared in the pages of House and Garden, Architectural Digest, New York Times Style, Martha Stewart Living, Food and Wine, Florida Design, Deco Home, and House and Garden Magazine, walked the runway of several Isaac Mizrahi fashion shows, and been displayed in The Cooper Hewitt Museum and American Museum of Natural History.
Flëkz Gustavo Fuentes is a 22 year old self taught artist whose primary medium is tape. His murals can be found in exterior spaces throughout Los Angeles and his works on board are becoming widely collected worldwide by designers and celebrities alike. In his own words, “With all my pieces I try to not use any form of measuring tools. I think this gives more room for creativity and movement within my work. Every new piece I create is a challenge for myself to make it better than the last.”
Mert Özgen Born in 1988, graduated from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Painting Department, Neş’e Erdok and Nedret Sekban Studio in 2010. In 2008-2009 he studied in Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna, in Italy as an Erasmus student. He continues MA in Cultural Studies, Istanbul Bilgi University, Institute of Social Sciences and currently writing his thesis. Özgen regularly participates in leading art fairs in Turkey, Italy and abroad.
EDGE Collections, established in 2009, is a Miami-based design and manufacturing house that specializes in large-format production of custom wallpapers, tiles, and textiles. Founded by Carl Pascuzzi and Phoebe St. Germain Fellows, EDGE works to create projects for upscale residences, hospitality, museum, exhibition, public art and private collections. St.Germain & Pascuzzi’s work fuses multiple layers of original imagery that create narratives of a fantasy life; one in which elegance, symmetry, objets d’art and nostalgia go hand in hand. Their large scale installations have recently been included in Venice Design 2016, during the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale.
Their list of collaborations includes Hotel Shangri-La, Rockwell Group, Van Cleef & Arpels, Neiman Marcus, Google, Fiat North America, and various architects, designers, and tastemakers. In addition to the ongoing collaboration of Cristina Lei Rodriguez x EDGE, the team debuts a curated group of wallpaper collaborations in early 2017.