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Germination | Parterre

Located on the hidden gem that is Virginia’s Eastern Shore, we are surrounded by plentiful natural beauties of open landscapes and all the benefits that come with life between two vast bodies of water.  As inspiring as our nautical surroundings might often be (the best place to develop a line of “Sea Glass™” mosaics is definitely the beach), Sara, New Ravenna’s founder and creative director, didn’t strike inspirational gold until her visit to the parterre gardens of Château de Villandry. Pedaling through the hillsides and stopping along the way to envelop herself in the culture, Sara was able to experience firsthand the beauties of a place plentiful with lush, pristine gardens that was far from the comforts of home.

Several hundred years prior, in 1532, Jean Le Breton arrived to the same grounds and replaced the ancient fortress that once housed the signing of the peace treaty, “La Paix de Colombiers” of 1189, with the great chateau that still stands to this very day. Although he did not carry a status with royalty, Le Breton, the architect and resident of Château de Villandry, did hold a number of esteemed titles including the Minister of Finance for François I and the French Ambassador to Rome. His desire for architectural order branched beyond the building itself. The lush gardens, inspired by trips to Italy, offered a smooth transition between the chateau and the untamed landscape surrounding it. Keeping up with the current ideology of the Renaissance, symmetry was (and still is) key.      

Amidst the rich history of grandeur and the refined beauty of the royal gardens, Sara submerged into design-mode. “Everywhere I turned I was surrounded by elegant design,” Sara recalled of her walk through the gardens, “Everything was just as it should be. Not a leaf out of place. As if each bud carried its very own intention.” After returning home, she reaffirmed her alliance with friend and fellow designer, Paul Schatz. Alongside the team of designers at New Ravenna, Sara translated her memories of the cultivated French landscape into yet another line of cutting edge (pun intended) mosaics.

The outcome became New Ravenna’s Parterre Collection, eighteen innovative patterns with European roots, all designed and manufactured on American soil. Paul Schatz’s pattern, Jardin, a stone waterjet mosaic, is perhaps this collection’s most literal interpretation of a royal garden. The earthy greens of Verde Luna call to mind perfectly trimmed shrubbery that are contrasted by neutral tones of Calacatta and Cararra which outline the “shrubbery” as pathways for the eyes to follow. This gorgeous combination looks just like an aerial view of a perfectly manicured estate. To have this design in one’s home would evoke similar feelings of scanning the ground from the terrace of Kensington Palace in London,  or looking out the window from an extravagant château, like the Palace of Versailles.

Although the foliage and shrubbery receive due credibility, the deliberate lines created by gravel pathways that separate a garden’s flower beds are of equal significance. If not for the space in between, a place to rest and regroup, the gardens would be just as overgrown and unmanaged as the wild plants in a forest. In Abigail, the hand-nipped Calacatta pieces create a smooth stone pathway that weaves through the waterjet cut pieces of the vibrant blue Aquaberyl Serenity glass. The final result is a graceful design that eludes to a delicate footpath winding between pools of clear water.  

Throughout the germinating process of New Ravenna’s Parterre Collection, efforts of trial and error unearthed the parallels between the act of gardening and the creation of mosaics. In a sense, both practices are an effort to tame and systematically organize elements of nature. To think of the process with a sense of romance, we, the workers at New Ravenna, toil away the hours weeding and pruning. We hand-pick, select, add, then eliminate, until we have our perfectly manicured mosaics. Perhaps it is just the human mind trying to turn that which we perceive as chaos into order, to find the rhythms and patterns in our natural world. We elaborate as a means to simplify in the mind’s eye. Whether or not the preferred medium is organic matter or a mineral, inspired design still requires artisans who carry the same attributes: a good eye, wandering feet, and a willingness to get one’s hands dirty. 

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.

Hospitality Design | Altimetry

Hospitality Design magazine included our Fletcher pattern in their Surfaces feature! Click here to read the full article and explore the many textures available in the world of surfaces!

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Fletcher, a waterjet mosaic, shown in Ironwood ceramic, Gold glass, and Island Fog glass, is part of the Altimetry Collection for New Ravenna.

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

House Beautiful | Kiddo

Cean Irminger’s Kiddo collection of mosaics pops up all over May’s House Beautiful Magazine! Congratulations, Cean, and thank you to House Beautiful for this wonderful feature.

View all the mosaics in this collection: bit.ly/NRKIDDO

Read the HB latest article online: www.housebeautiful.com

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Fleet, shown in Lapis Lazuli, Iolite, Absolute White, and Moonstone jewel glass, is part of the Kiddo Collection by Cean Irminger for New Ravenna.

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Hare Apparent, a water jet glass mosaic, shown in Labradorite honed and Alabaster jewel glass.

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Loop De Loop, shown in tumbled Calacatta, polished Nero Marquina, and Carmen Red glass. Part of the Kiddo Collection by Cean Irminger for New Ravenna.

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Otomi, a jewel glass mosaic, shown in Agate and Marcasite, is part of the Kiddo Collection by Cean Irminger for New Ravenna.

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

Boutique Design | Altimetry

Boutique Design magazine features our Altimetry collection in its April issue. Shown on page 65 is Cascade, a waterjet mosaic pattern that uses glass and stone to create a dimensional, ombre pattern.

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Cascade, a stone waterjet mosaic, shown in Tropical White, Infinity, Island Fog glass, and polished Snow White stone, is part of the Altimetry Collection for New Ravenna.

 

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

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