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New Ravenna Introduces Bright Young Things

Lytton, a waterjet and hand-cut stone mosaic, shown in honed Orpheus Black, polished Thassos, Shell, and 24k Gold glass.

April 2, 2019  (Exmore, Virginia) – New Ravenna, America’s premier designer and manufacturer of mosaics for both residential and commercial installations, is pleased to introduce Bright Young Things, a collection of 26 mosaics in stone and glass with shell, brass, aluminum, and zinc accents. The Bright Young Things collection was inspired by the exuberant and glamourous British aristocrats and socialites of the 1920’s. It was a time that saw the emergence of art deco, jazz, and a bohemian spirit in literature, photography, and theatre. The collection introduces two new finishes; the leather worn surface of Orpheus Black stone seen in BeatonLya, and Lytton. And the hand sanded metals in Huxley, which create a velvet texture with brilliant shine. The honed Orchid glazed Basalto of Evelyn reveals sparkling geode inclusions. Cubist influences are found in BismarckEliot, and Harper, while the organic floral textiles of the period inspired ChloeEleanorRosamondSybil, and Zita. Geometric rivets, tufting, beading, prisms, and facets are characteristics of style moderne embellishments and have been replicated in ByronEssexLawrenceBelen, and YorkeQuintin is a Jazz Age interpretation of subway tile with brass or zinc liners. TennantLombard and Lucet are a geometric Deco pottery motifs. Whistler and Loelia are reminiscent of softer textile patterns, that flow with the elegance of a brushstroke.

Beaton shown in polished Cirrus, Calcatta Gold, tumbled Thassos, brushed Brass.

Bismarck shown in honed Orpheus Black and polished Nero Marquina.

Belen shown in polished Calacatta and brushed Brass.

Byron shown in polished Nero Marquina and brushed Brass.

Eleanor shown in honed Argent Blue, Palomar, and brushed Brass.

Chloe shown in honed Calacatta Tia, polished Nero Marquina, and Iris Basalto.

Eliot shown in tumbled Dolomite, Lagos Gold, Nero Marquina, and brushed Brass.

Essex shown in Ivy Basalto.

Evelyn shown in honed Orchid Basalto and polished Nero Marquina.

Harper shown in honed Orpheus Black.

Tennant shown in polished White Onyx, Nero Marquina, and brushed Brass.

Huxley shown in honed Nero Marquina with brushed and velvet finish brass.

Lawrence shown in honed White Onyx and Dolomite.

Loelia shown in Orchid Basalto, polished Carrara, and Cirrus.

Lucet shown in honed Angora, honed Afyon White, and tumbled Thassos.

Lya shown in honed Orpheus Black, Allure, polished Argent Blue, and Brass liners.

Rosamond shown in Orchid Basalto and Brass.

Quintin shown in honed Argent Blue with Brass liners.

Lombard in polished Nero Marquina and Shell.

Sybil shown in honed Bianco Antico, polished Red Lake, Saint Laurent, Zinnia Basalto, and brushed Aluminum.

Whistler shown in polished Nero Marquina, Dolomite, Cirrus, and Gold Glass

Cean Irminger, creative director of New Ravenna, says of the collection, “It’s been almost 100 years since the Bright Young Things Charleston-ed their way into the media and eventually history books, living life to the fullest as England’s “it crowd” and contributing one of the most glamorous eras of the design pantheon. It feels like we are once again on the brink of a giant cultural and aesthetic shift with the youth of today poised to shake things up and rewrite all of the norms. Inspired by the brilliant bohemian spirit of those 1920’s darlings, we created our Bright Young Things collection. We referenced Art Deco style, while creating something totally unexpected and modern. Our design team visited all of the aspects of the era, from fashion to lighting, architecture to illustration. Patterns are named after a “Bright Young” person, and each has a distinct personality, brimming with possibility and brio.

These colorful characters gave us the perfect opportunity to introduce our gorgeous new and exclusive stone, Glazed Basalto. The basalt’s natural geode inclusions show through a hand applied glaze, giving a textured, shifting jewel-hued range reminiscent of dyed velvets. When honed, the material has an organic raw edge while holding onto its color, and the geodes add a flash of diamond-like sparkle from within a matte field. It truly is a versatile, unique, and stunning addition to our material family, and a perfect way to capture the bon vivant spirit of this collection.”

Bright Young Things and all other New Ravenna products are available at New Ravenna showrooms throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, and Dubai. www.newravenna.com  #757.442.3379


Yorke shown in honed Orpheus Black and Brass studs.


Zita shown in honed Orpheus Black, honed & polished Ivy Basalto, honed Chartreuse, and polished Aloe Basalto.

New Ravenna is America’s premier designer and manufacturer of stone and glass mosaics for both residential and commercial installations. The hand crafted mosaics are fashioned into decorative borders, murals, fields, and medallions. Mosaic materials are polished, tumbled, honed and cut 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.

As Seen In: Kitchen + Bath Business

Kitchen and Bath Business magazine, the official publication of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), caters to kitchen and bath designers, architects, custom builders and remodelers. The magazine delivers exclusive features on cutting-edge design installations, new products, business developments, industry personalities, best practices and solid market research. Kitchen and Bath Business provides progressive and insightful coverage of the industry’s products, trends and services, with a sophisticated visual style befitting a design-oriented readership.

We have received so much positive feedback on our 12 new Delft mosaic designs and are grateful to K&B Business for helping to spread the word by naming them their “Product of the Day.” View the full article here. Inspired by early 17th-century Dutch porcelain, the mosaics are handcrafted using four colors of blue and white glass. The background is Opal Sea Glass, and the distinctive iconography is a combination of three colors of jewel glass: Lapis Lazuli, Iolite and Covelite. Each piece of glass is cut and shaped by hand and arranged to create a mosaic interpretation of the decorative motifs found in traditional Dutch delftware as well as the marine life native to the Eastern Shore of Virginia, where our factory is located.

Shown as 8-by-8-in. designs, the square mosaics can be assembled in any combination and sized to suit a vertical area. The initial twelve designs portray birds, flowers, shells, fish, dogs and more. Of course, we can customize the designs to reflect anything the end user desires – family themes, pets, etc. The Delft mosaics can be installed on walls, indoors or out. To find a New Ravenna showroom near you, click here.

Express Your Passion for Pastel | As Seen In: Utopia

We love Utopia Kitchen & Bathroom and are always so honored to snag a spot in their issues. Their newest feature, “Express Your Passion for Pastels with Mosaic Tiles,” is featured on their homepage with the two cutest little tile models we ever did see! Fun fact: they’re the daughters of Cean Irminger, New Ravenna creative director!

According to Utopia, the challenge in using pastel colors in design is to achieve delicacy without fragility, nostalgia without sentimentality, and innocence without being insipid. There are several considerations that make pastel palettes in kitchens and bathrooms a captivating choice: texture, pattern, and mixed materials.

Using texture to create compelling surfaces is one of the primary ways to keep gentle pastel colors from becoming too bland.  The slight change in elevation between the stone and grout creates a texture that is heaven on bare feet and impossible not to reach out and touch when on walls! Utopia used our “Maya” mosaic (below) in Desert Pink, Afyon White, Cloud Nine, Italian Rose, and Emperador Light as an example. For more patterns that provide a textural sophistication like Maya, view our Tissé collection.

Patterns in pastel create visual stimuli, and many of ours are a direct inspiration from nature.  Of her Caroushell mosaic, pictured below, Cean Irminger says, “I used the tone on tone Opal and Moonstone jewel glass to create a type of pattern camouflage. I wanted it to read as a texture from a distance, but as you get close, the pattern of seahorses, coral, and shells becomes visible for a happy surprise.”

Finally, Utopia mentions a mixed-media approach to nailing pastels. They show one of our favorites, Cascade, as their example. Cascade, in Tropical White, Infinity, Island Fog Serenity glass, and polished Snow White, creates texture through the natural colors and qualities of the material.

 Read Utopia’s full feature on pastel tile here.

The mosaics pictured above (and many others) are available through our network of designer showrooms around the world. Find the showroom nearest you for pricing, availability and any other information.

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