Art

Art Lovers, Unite

One question that we get a lot these days is, "when did you decide to start selling artwork?" Well, we decided to sit down and really answer that question for you!

The very short answer is, we have always fancied ourselves art lovers and collectors, and the passion to not only find unique artists and styles, but to share them with our clients is really what drove us. In general, we really feel that Arizona and specifically, the Phoenix area, has an untapped market of local art and artists, just waiting to be featured!

Additionally, we are finding that original art in general is something that is always desired by our clients. As we looked for pieces for our clients, we were surprised that what is represented in the marketplace has a very large margin of median-priced artwork that is not available! So we decided that this was an area we wanted to dive into - unique and amazing pieces at attainable prices.

Because we feel that art and interior design pair so well together, we wanted to feature a couple of our pieces and talk a little bit about how you could work each one into your overall design ideas and space plan! We're taking each one and creating a mood board for a certain space of the home. See below:

Arizona Modern

This piece, called Horizon, was completed by a local Phoenix artist. The piece itself is perfect for any client looking to bring the Arizona culture into their space. We love the way that the bright colors exemplify the traditional colors of the desert but in a modern, updated way. 

This piece would be the perfect addition to a modern space seeking a bold pop of color. We'd pair it with modern decor and accessories with pops of color but neutral tones overall! That way this piece could really shine and be a focal point for the space. Try it over a fireplace or in a walkway that is easily seen!

Or, as we've styled it above, we love the idea of this piece in an office space. Pair some mid-century modern elements and bold colors together and this piece really comes to life. We love the way that the teal and yellow rug comes together to create harmony and bring out the bold tones of the piece. The retro design concept really comes together!

(Additionally, to see photos of this piece in a living room space, click here.)

Modern Portraiture

This piece is one of our favorites. Called Queenie 500, she is a total show stopper that will attract any eye from the minute they walk in your home. Not only do the bright and bold colors make for a fun addition to any space, we love anything that makes people ask questions... A total conversation starter is never something that we refuse!

We see this piece being perfect in a modern yet glamorous dining room. We would pair this piece with sleek and modern furniture, and bold geometric prints. Because of the stripes and patterns in both the background and foreground of the piece, we think a nice linear hexagon or trellis pattern would be the perfect compliment to the piece! This is a perfect example of how we don't think that the interior design has to match the art piece, but they can complement one another nicely in tone, style or color! For example, we love how the modern lines and combination of navy velvet and brass brings out the bright colors in the art.

(Click here to see how we styled a similar piece over a bar!)

Glam Geometric

This piece, created by the wonderful Angie Crabtree, is a showstopping, modern art piece that adds impact to any space, bright or monochromatic. We love how the close up of the diamond painting turns very graphic and bold when studied - so we decided to style a bold and graphic living room to go with it!

Because it's a very glamorous piece of artwork, our design scheme for this space involves tons of texture and movement, with pops of black and white for high contrast and style. We loved the way that the recurring diamond pattern in this moodboard reflects the geometric shapes in the painting, and the way that the mirrored textures reflect light, much like a diamond would!

 Of course, this space has a slightly feminine edge, but we think that with less mirrored texture and more pops of geometric and black and white, it could be transformed into a space that is completely gender neutral!

(To see this piece come alive in a nursery perfect for your little one, visit our gallery here.)

So, there you have it! For more information on these pieces and to check out the rest of our art collection, visit it here or email us at: andrea@redeggdesingroup.com.

Behind the Art: V. Madruga

Last year, as you may or may not already know, Andrea of Red Egg visited Brazil for the first time! We loved the way that the urban city life contrasts with the lush and tropical forest of Rio, it truly made the city feel so unique. One thing that we also really appreciated most about Rio, and all of Brazil for that matter, was the amazing art scene found throughout the city.

 If you have never been to Brazil, and specifically, Rio de Janeiro, you may not know that it is one of the greatest art destinations. According to Design Week, “Brazilian graffiti art is considered among the most significant strand[s] of a global urban art movement, and its diversity defies the increasing homogeneity of world graffiti.”  (source

This is partly because, in 2009, the law 706/07 was passed which officially decriminalized street art in the city of Rio. While the street art culture was already very much in existence in the city long before then, the passing of this law helped to solidify the importance of art to the city's overall culture and vibe, not only for tourists, but for the artists and residents of Rio! (source

Leblon Gestural, V Madruga.

Leblon Gestural, V Madruga.

One of the major artists that has contributed to the art scene in Rio is V. Madruga. Born in 1951, Madruga attended the School of Architecture in Porto Alegre. He then studied drawing and painting at the School of Fine Arts in Rio de Janeiro. (source)

He began his career in the 1980's when he created public art installations in the local subway stations of Rio, and gained notoriety from this, as many people per day would see his work as they took their daily transit. (source)

Bicicleta em Vermelhos, V. Madruga

Bicicleta em Vermelhos, V. Madruga

When we were in Rio, Madruga's artwork truly stood out to us as super unique and modern, and we just loved his overall vibe and style. The bold, bright colors and abstract modern subject matter were all elements that helped us see his work in so many different types of spaces and we knew the pieces would make a huge statement wherever they went.

We are lucky enough to get to represent Madruga here at Red Egg Design Group and have the opportunity to bring a bit of Brazil to our clients here! You can check out some of his pieces on our site, and we've highlighted some of them below.

Bike Sobre Cinzas,  here

Bike Sobre Cinzas, here

We love this piece - the charcoal gray background with accents of yellow and pink are the perfect backdrop for the bicycle silhouette. We think this piece would be perfectly suited to any modern space.

Rio en Negro,  here

Rio en Negro, here

This piece is super special to us because it reminds us of the awesome view we had in Rio, looking at the mountains and enjoying the beautiful landscape of Rio de Janeiro. The bold purple, black and turquoise tones in the piece, along with the texture created by the paint splatter effects make it truly unique and easy to see how Madruga has become a household name in Rio when it comes to his artwork.

Bike en Negro Sobre Gestos,  here

Bike en Negro Sobre Gestos, here

This piece is absolutely eye-catching and modern, which is why we are totally obsessed. The silhouette of a bicycle stands out from the brightly colored, paint-splattered background that it sits on. This piece is also large - roughly 4'W by 5'H, thus making it the perfect statement piece for any feature wall!

Madruga is extremely inspirational and we are glad to get to enjoy his works and share them with all of you! We love how well his style works with the modern style that we at Red Egg love so much, and we can see his pieces in any space.

That being said, we found an article that you should definitely check out, where his pieces were commissioned in this swimsuit designer's San Diego home! Click here for the tour and to see his pieces.

For more information about V. Madruga, comment below! Or email us here. What do you guys think of his work?

 

Sources:

http://untappedcities.com/2012/02/13/the-legalization-of-street-art-in-rio-de-janeiro-brazil/

http://buzios-artesplasticasegalerias.blogspot.com/2015/04/vilmar-madruga_22.html

 

I left my heart in Puerto Rico...

When deciding to take our recent trip to Puerto Rico I didn't expect to fall in love with it the way I did.
I fell hard.

There is so much to love on this Isla del Encanto. Sunshine and tropical flowers, of course, but also food, music, people, atmosphere, diversity, nature, beaches........and history. More than 500 years of it.

Vibrant Architecture in Old San Juan

Old San Juan has it all – on top of the name: gorgeous colonial buildings, narrow cobblestone streets, forts with thick walls (2 of them!!), long and winding roads, charming promenades, delightful plazas and a story waiting for you at each corner. The whole thing is not really big geographically but it takes time to suck it all in and unravel all its richness.

Spanish Forte built around the city.

We stayed right in the heart of the commotion at the Hotel El Convento located across the street from The Cathedral of San Juan Bautista (the second-oldest building in San Juan). Hotel El Conventoused to be the Convent to the church and housed Nuns for decades. Now it is the most fabulous and unique boutique hotel that I have ever stayed in.

Hotel El Convento

Lobby at Hotel El Convento

Old World luxury with Modern World necessities was what this hotel did best. We enjoyed our accommodations, dining experience and the close proximity to what Old San Juan has to offer.

Our room - so charming!

Our room - so charming!

Old San Juan was by far my favorite stop on this trip. A week on this beautiful island wasn’t enough. I can’t wait to visit again!