Interview With Melanie Werner of Axiom Fine Art Consulting

As Miami has transformed into a truly global city in recent years, it has become a prime location for the development of world-class residential skyscrapers. One Thousand Museum, also known as the Scorpion Tower, stands in a category all its own as the city’s most prominent and prestigious residential structure. A celebration of excellence and innovation, it rises more than 60 stories into the sky and offers a limited collection of museum-quality homes. It is a bold physical statement about the essence of Miami through the eyes of Dame Zaha Hadid, the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Award in 2004.

Those fortunate enough to take residence in such an iconic structure may be challenged to create an interior experience that matches the exterior. So they call upon experts like Russell Glotfelty, Founder of Axiom Fine Art Consulting, to transform their expansive palettes into carefully curated homes. Russell and the Axiom team offer a long list of customized consulting services for private and residential collectors, designers, performing art environments and public spaces.



Melanie Werner, an integral part of the AXIOM team, and I toured the 50th floor penthouse in One Thousand Museum; where she described her work and displayed examples of the transformative results. Her team was tasked to fill the soaring walls and eternal hallways of the magnificent mansion in the sky. Melanie describes the process, “…We look at the floorplans, discuss with the designer and the end buyers and we really make the rhythm and the flow of the art curation work seamlessly, from one room to the next, so it never over powers a room.”

Because the team at Axiom is so entrenched within the New York and Florida markets, they understand where clients coming from NYC have been, and can conceptualize what those migrating South may be looking for in the future. They understand, holistically, how to find the balance between a client’s existing collection, while refreshing it to work within a new space.

Axiom was also recently invited to curate the Penthouse at 212 Fifth Avenue, a newly restored beaux arts building, circa 1912. At the time of listing, it is the most expensive penthouse listed in the United States, boasting over 10,000 sq feet over 3 floors. A once-in-lifetime-collaboration between Axiom, Luxury Living and Design Studio 15.

Whether it be dressing the walls of a 50th floor penthouse or curating sculptures within a 5th avenue triplex, the guidance of a fine art consultant is indispensable. They can help you refine your taste and save you valuable time and money by negotiating on your behalf and ensuring you do not overpay for a piece. As with any major investment, having an expert in your corner can be priceless.