If you love mosaics, New Ravenna Mosaics has a magnificent collection of handcrafted luxury mosaics in glass and stone for residential and commercial installations.
Sarah Baldwin, the owner and visionary behind New Ravenna, was inspired to create mosaics after a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art in 1990, where she admired an ancient Roman mosaic design which was installed on the floor, with a repeating black-and-white pattern of marble and thought, “Why isn’t anyone making these beautiful things anymore?” At the time she was studying for her masters in fine art painting at the University of Pennsylvania. She wanted to create mosaics using the tesserae as paint to create designs and texture that would work in any style architecture or decor. She has definitely created her vision. That is what makes her mosaics stand out. They are timeless and elegant. I just love to see artists, artisans and masters in the field of the decorative arts take an ancient art form and create today’s masterpieces.
The company offers decorative borders, murals, field tile and medallions.
The inspiration for the company name was the ancient Byzantine city of Ravenna in Italy, known for its mosaics. New Ravenna, a combination of honoring the ancient art of mosaic and making it American. Today New Ravenna has 100 employees and is represented in over 200 designer showrooms across the country and internationally.
The website has easy to use design tools to assist you in designing your mosaic. The concept boards are great close ups that show you the colors and placement.
The Miraflores Collection – A collaboration with Interior Designer, Paul Schatz, the ’Miraflores Collection’ offers 19 complex infinite patterns inspired by his travels throughout Spain, Portugal, Mexico and a passion for Morocco and studies of islamic geometric art.
My sister just saw The International Mosaiculture event at the Montreal Botanical Gardens. Incredible! The show is back in Montréal after a ten-year absence. Around 50 stunning works created by horticulturist-artists from 25 countries are displayed from June 22 to September 29, 2013.