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Virginia is for Oyster Lovers

Shuck ‘em! Virginia’s Governor, Terry McAuliffe, has declared November Virginia Oyster Month. So, take a seat all you mustachioed and bearded gents because this November our state has bigger (shell)fish to fry.

Bobby Jones, from our design team, is the creator of New Ravenna’s handcrafted oyster plates. Each piece, which incorporates both stone and glass, is one of a kind.

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Hand-cut pieces of Calcatta and Lavastone create the oysters in this tray, a beveled finish is applied to form an indentation for the shells to rest in. 24K gold glass accents tie together the aquatic background made up of Malachite, Aventurine, Blue Spinel, all of which is inlaid in a frame of Seagrass marble.

 

This oyster plate is made up of Imperial Dark, Calcatta, 24K gold glass, and Deep Ultramarine Serenity Glass.

This oyster plate is made up of Imperial Dark, Calcatta, 24K gold glass, and Deep Ultramarine Serenity Glass.

 

Calcatta frames out a pool of Infinity Serenity Glass with oysters made up of beveled Palomar and hand-cut Monte Video.

Calcatta frames out a pool of Infinity Serenity Glass with oysters made up of beveled Palomar and hand-cut Monte Video.

“I was inspired by antique oyster plates from the 19th century,” Bobby explains, “It became very fashionable to serve oysters during the Victorian era. These ornate plates, designed with the sole purpose of holding oysters, added an element of ceremony to the consumption of this delicacy.”

If all this talk of oysters gets your belly rumbling, come and visit us on Virginia’s Eastern Shore where it seems like there’s an oyster roast just about every other weekend. Clearly, we have a lot to celebrate living here on the water.

New Ravenna’s oyster plates are a new take on tradition. Like all of our mosaics, these plates are as utilitarian as they are decorative. They offer a kind of reverence of the past, while also serve as a representation of the present day. Designs as fresh as the oysters that will be served on them. Our oyster plates are not merely dinnerware, in the same sense that oysters are more than just food. It is a ritual celebration for special occasions. Up and down the coastline, all throughout the year, people, local or not, gather together to feast on oysters.

Not only do they reflect our past and present, here in Virginia, oysters are also are future. Not only are locals bonding over shellfish, they are simultaneously building a booming international industry. According to a study conducted in 2012 by the Shellfish Growers of Virginia, “28,100,000 individual market-size cultured oysters sold in 2012 (with a) farm gate value of $9,500,000.” In the years since, Virginia’s shellfish industry as grown along with these numbers. Yet, the beneficially impact oysters have on the environment may surpass the financial gains, “For every 1000 market-size cultured oysters harvested, 1.16 pounds of nitrogen and 0.35 pounds of phosphorus are removed from the water.” This is because oysters naturally filter the water they inhabit, leaving it cleaner than it was before the shellfish were introduced. This article from Jessica Sabbath, “Rebirth on the Bay” interviews employees from Cherrystone Aqua Farms in Cheriton, only 20 minutes south of New Ravenna’s headquarters in Exmore, VA and is definitely worth a read.

New Ravenna is a business that is local yet simultaneously caters to an international clientele. In those similarities, we celebrate the success and beneficial impact of our neighbors on the Eastern Shore and fellow Virginia natives in the booming shellfish industry. Whether you like them deep fried or on the half shell, Virginia has it.

Sources:
Oesterling, Michael. “About the Industry.” Shellfish Growers of Virginia

Quinlan, M.K.. “The Art of Oyster Plate Collecting.” Garden & Gun

Sabbath, Jessica. “Rebirth on the Bay.” Virginia Business

New Ravenna Introduces the Palazzo Collection

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August 25, 2016 (Exmore, Virginia)….New Ravenna is pleased to introduce Palazzo, a collection of mosaics by Sara Baldwin Design and Paul Schatz. The 13 patterns are handcrafted in Virginia from natural stone and were inspired by the expansive Italian palaces constructed during the Renaissance era. The Palazzo collection explores classic motifs from Roman and Byzantine design. Each piece of stone has been cut by hand, saw or waterjet and either honed, polished or left in its original organic state.

Sara Baldwin, founder and creative director of New Ravenna says of Palazzo, “Originally, I was developing a mosaic for a foyer and reflected on the purpose of the entrance to our homes. A foyer is often a small space that has the capacity to make a dramatic statement with elegant material and generous scale. Often we seek to bring outdoor elements inside a home’s design, which is why I love using natural marble. Its inherent striations are uniquely beautiful, reflecting the soul of the stone.”

Each pattern can be fully customized with the client’s material preferences to fit the scope of any commercial or residential project. Every mosaic in the Palazzo collection is made by hand in Virginia and can be installed indoors or out, on floors or walls. The collection is available at New Ravenna showrooms throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, and Dubai. www.newravenna.com 757-442-3379

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New Ravenna is America’s premier designer and manufacturer of stone and glass mosaics for both residential and commercial installations. The handcrafted mosaics are fashioned into decorative borders, murals, fields, and medallions. Mosaic materials are tumbled, honed or treated to create distinctive styles, subtle shade variations and textures. The installations are custom works of art in mosaic tile, which often incorporate the designs of architects, interior designers, and their clients.

New Ravenna products are available for purchase through designer showrooms across the country and internationally. The company provides design services along with on-site supervision of installations. New Ravenna mosaics are found in homes, restaurants, hotels, casinos, and businesses around the world.
Top image: Lucius, shown in polished Calacatta Tia and honed Thassos.

Palazzo & Making an Entrance

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Talk about a grand entrance. When dreaming up our most recent collection, Palazzo, the Sara Baldwin Design team and Paul Schatz decided to combine forces and go big or go home. The thirteen large-format patterns the designers released are the epitome of elegance.

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Arbus, a hand-cut stone mosaic, shown in polished Soccoro Grey, Nero Marquina, Carrara, and honed Cavern.

For this series, our team of designers chose to focus on the spaces where we gather. The main objective while creating this collection was to get inspired by spaces that are not merely welcoming but also bold and extravagant. Because by constructing the right atmosphere, a space, whether it be public or private, can say, “Hello,” while also silently making a statement that is far more powerful.

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Delaunay, a hand-cut stone mosaic, shown in polished Cloud Nine and Dolomite.

Once again, we find ourselves returning to the classics. But, really, the Renaissance was the epitome of perfect symmetry, so you cannot blame us for being swayed by the flawless order of this enlightened period while creating our patterns in the current century. With that said, although entirely our own, the oh-so-satisfying symmetry of Lucius and Hadrian both include elements of perfectly repeating squares. The subtly emerging circles within Zazen are all in reference to the perfect order that was always a consistent theme within Renaissance and Byzantine art. We modernist humans, carrying an iEverything, still get all warm and tingly over the foreseeable order found within the consistency of circles and squares. Go figure.

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Zazen Grande, a waterjet stone mosaic, shown in Venetian honed Cavern by Paul Schatz.

The Palazzo Collection as a whole is undeniably lavish. Yet, mosaics that are substantial in scale can still harness intimacy and be soothingly inviting. There is no better example of this than in our plush design, Cableknit. We harness so much inspiration from fabrics and stitching, and this woven pattern, although constructed entirely from natural marble, gives off the cozy vibe of your favorite snuggly winter blanket. Our Venetian honing technique is responsible for the “soft-to-the-touch” appearance of this braided design.

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Cable Knit Large, a waterjet stone mosaic, shown in Venetian honed Dolomite.

First impressions are significant. A grand foyer or extravagant entryway needs to be inviting and memorable. Our incentive for the Palazzo Collection is to create floors, as well as walls, that draw in its guests and inhabitants. To house and welcome those who enter the space and offer a setting that unfolds future memories that will sustain, like marble, throughout the ages.

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Heathrow Grande, a hand-cut and waterjet mosaic, shown in honed Cloud Nine and tumbled Ming Green by Paul Schatz for New Ravenna.

If you’ve stuck with us this far – you deserve your own Palazzo floor, but for now, we’ll leave you with a quote from Sara Baldwin, founder and creative director of New Ravenna, who says of the collection: “Originally, I was developing a mosaic for a foyer and reflected on the purpose of the entrance to our homes. A foyer is often a small space that has the capacity to make a dramatic statement with elegant material and generous scale. Often we seek to bring outdoor elements inside a home’s design, which is why I love using natural marble. Its inherent striations are uniquely beautiful, reflecting the soul of the stone.”

Lucius stone mosaic

Lucius, a hand-cut stone mosaic, shown in polished Calacatta Tia and honed Thassos.

Tansu

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Introducing Tansu, a contemporary design 500 million years in the making. This woven stone mosaic is made from one of Asia’s most precious stones, Muyu Jade, or wooden fish stone. Formed from marine deposits during the early Palaeozoic Era, this stone manifests a timeless beauty. Yet, this material is more than pretty, it is rich in health-boosting minerals. As it turns out, the Fountain of Youth petrified years ago. To tap into its revitalizing properties, the Chinese have been shaping Muyu into elegant teaware and decorative carvings since the era of the Ming Dynasty. Legend has it that tea stays fresh in a Muyu Jade vessel for a week while alkalizing liquids and imparting all its 26 mineral benefits – you know we’re busy looking for the best Muyu tea mugs out there.

Now, we are reawakening this ageless stone in Tansu, our latest addition to the Studio Line. Named for the traditional storage cabinetry of Japan, the wood-like quality of Muyu takes center stage in this design. Tansu carpentry oftentimes has a dry finish, a technique applied by rubbing clay or chalk into the wooden surface before being burnished with an Eulalia root whisk. By honing the wood-like jade, this same effect is achieved within our own design. At the same time, the woven pattern calls to mind the elegance of Ikebana wedding baskets. Although inspired by vessels that contain, our Asian inspired design, Tansu, is meant to open your space and to invite others into the richness and history of Muyu jade.

As part of our ready-to-ship Studio Line, Tansu ships from our studio in Virginia within 48 hours. For pricing and design assistance, visit a New Ravenna retailer near you.

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Traditional Home | Coliseum

Traditional Home magazine features our Coliseum design in Nero Marquina in the June “curated spotlight” feature!

Coliseum, a mosaic from our Altimetry Collection by Sara Baldwin Design, uses raised and Venetian honed marble stalks to accentuate luxuriously smooth large-scale Nero Marquina hexagons. This pattern would make a wall irresistible to touch and can be used with almost any marble you prefer. Check out the feature below!

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Coliseum, a stone waterjet mosaic, shown in honed Nero Marquina and Venetian honed Nero Marquina, is part of the Altimetry Collection for New Ravenna.

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Coliseum, a stone waterjet mosaic, shown in honed Calacatta and Venetian honed Calacatta, is part of the Altimetry Collection for New Ravenna.

 

HGTV Magazine | Blue Macauba Bricks

Inspired by HGTV’s exciting and entertaining programming, HGTV Magazine offers the value of insider advice from trusted experts, as well as the enjoyment of taking a look inside real people’s homes. We are thrilled to have our product featured in the May issue!

With help from designer Andrew Howard, homeowners Whitney and Bob Maremba chose the exotic Blue Macauba marble in 3cm x 6cm bricks for their kitchen backsplash. This rare stone is recognized for its electric blue veining and soft blue background with occasional turmeric yellow veins.

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Blue Macauba, a premium stone available in New Ravenna’s material profile, can be used in many mosaics in our custom design and product portfolio.

 

Southwest Style magazine

Four New Ravenna mosaics are featured in this season’s Southwest Style magazine. If you’re designing or redesigning a space in Scottsdale, be sure to visit our partner showroom Craftsman Court! Keep reading to learn more about the products mentioned in the article.

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Coliseum, a stone waterjet mosaic, shown in honed Calacatta and Venetian honed Calacatta, is part of the Altimetry Collection for New Ravenna.

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Jardin, a handmade mosaic shown in polished Verde Luna, Calacatta and Carrara. Designed by Sara Baldwin Designs for New Ravenna.

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Waverly, a handcut and waterjet stone mosaic shown in polished Calacatta Tia and honed Thassos, is part of the Silk Road Collection by Sara Baldwin for New Ravenna.

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Jacqueline, a waterjet stone mosaic, shown in tumbled Thassos, is part of the Silk Road Collection by Sara Baldwin for New Ravenna.20  i

Utopia K&B | Royal Palace

The lovely Utopia Kitchen & Bath Magazine features Royal Palace by Paul Schatz from the Altimetry collection in their June publication.Utopia K&B_June-Royal Palace

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Royal Palace, a waterjet and hand-cut stone mosaic, shown in honed Palomar and polished Calacatta, is part of the Altimetry collection design by Paul Schatz for New Ravenna.

Traditional Home | Seine

Our Seine mosaic was used in this gorgeous Detroit renovation featured in Traditional Home. The geometric floor gives this master bath a symmetrical and sophisticated feel. Click here to tour the home.

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Seine, a waterjet stone mosaic, shown in polished Nero Marquina and Calacatta Tia, is part of the Silk Road Collection by Sara Baldwin for New Ravenna.

 

For pricing, samples, and design services, click here to locate your nearest New Ravenna partner showroom.

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