64 interiors+sources october2016 interiorsandsources.com
By AnnMarie Martin | Photography courtesy of Creative Edge Master Shop
President of Creative Edge Master Shop, Jim Belilove, is what you would call ahead of his time. “New technology enables new artists,” he said, and that’s exactly what he has been doing for the architectural design community for the past 28
years as a pioneer in waterjet technology and fabrication. Creative Edge Master Shop
was founded in 1988 with just two
prototype waterjet machines he’d
purchased from a nearby start-up
company that went out of business. Today, Belilove
employs approximately 30-40 people who handle 40-50
projects a month. And not only does the company offer
material sourcing expertise, but its custom capabilities
are endless. With one set of machinery and one set of
programs for a wide variety of material options, customers
enjoy an unprecedented freedom.
“I love working with the most imaginative designers,”
Belilove said, as no challenge is too great for Creative Edge.
We outline the company’s process below.
A TEAM EFFORT
Creative Edge offers a full spectrum of front-end services, often resulting in a very collaborative
effort between the project manager and designer. But whether they arrive with a full AutoCAD
file in hand or a vague idea in their heads, Creative Edge can always make design dreams come
true, helping to identify the best colors, materials, and dimensions to make it happen in the
most cost-friendly way possible. It also creates installation kits, mapping, and labeling of each
piece of a project to ensure a foolproof setup.
Creative Edge can source and fabricate almost any type of material
(except real wood and woven carpets). The list goes on and on, from all
types of stone to stainless steel, aluminum, ceramics, precious stones,
carpet tile, vinyls, and much more. It also offers the forms and detailing
for pour-in-place terrazzo projects. It is ideal if field materials are provided
so that colors and materials can be sourced uniformly and match the
actual waterjet-cut piece as closely as possible.
enables new artists.
—Jim Belilove, president, Creative Edge Master Shop