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New Ravenna Uses Bird Feathers to Create Hyperrealistic Mosaic Panels


August 28, 2018  (Exmore, Virginia) ….New Ravenna, America’s premier designer and manufacturer of mosaics for both residential and commercial installations, is pleased to introduce Plume, a series of three custom feather mosaic panels – first displayed at Coverings 2018 in Atlanta, GA.

The artists at New Ravenna, located on the serene Eastern Shore of Virginia, are inspired daily by the beauty of their natural surroundings. The remarkable composition of found bird feathers reveal the intricate patterns that lend themselves to the creation of mosaics.

The complex details of the Plume mosaic panels depict pheasant and guinea hen feathers. Set against pitch-black matte Obsidian glass, organic colors emerge, creating a unique mosaic, which replicates each feather. There are 18 colors of glass in each glossy plume, which merge into a hand crafted hyperrealistic portrait. Grouted in eight different colors, the elegant details are a testament to the art of mosaic and the beauty of nature.

Creative director, Cean Irminger, says, “When we began work on this series, the idea was to create an image of many overlapping feathers with a chiaroscuro effect for depth. However, once we reviewed the photographs, we realized that each feather was a natural work of art in and of itself and deserved to be treated as such. We instead decided to create separate specimen studies rendered in monumental scale to magnify the nuanced complexities and drama found in a single feather. The Plume panels blend the beauty of the natural world with the astonishing talent of our master mosaicists.”

The three 4 ft. x 7 ft. feather panels took one month to create. The feathers include hand-cut pieces of jewel glass in Jasper, Lavastone, Schist, Tourmaline, Tortoiseshell, Tiger’s Eye, Amber, Agate, Quartz, Labradorite, Pearl, Opal, Moonstone, Alabaster, Sardonyx, Ruby, Garnet, and Carnelian. The background is Obsidian with a matte Sea Glass finish.

The Plume series and all other New Ravenna mosaics are available at New Ravenna showrooms throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, and Dubai. www.newravenna.com #757.442.3379


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: Architectural Digest Russia

Architectural Digest knows no boundaries! Architectural Digest Russia did a bath story earlier this summer and featured three different mosaics from three different New Ravenna collections! We love that they were all over the map with the mosaics that they used, as the patterns, colors, textures and materials cater to a wide variety of fans.

First up is Living Wall, a waterjet mosaic shown below in varying shades of green Serenity glass. It is part of New Ravenna’s Broad Street Collection, a collection of nine glass mosaics inspired by nature – lush greens, interlacing patterns of snakeskin, light reflecting on a pool of water, gentle gradations of a misty morning, etc. Broad Street (an homage to the street on which New Ravenna is located) is a collaboration by New Ravenna’s own creative team and artists/designers from around the country. See more Living Wall here.

Next is Astronomy, another waterjet mosaic shown below in Venetian honed Nero Marquina for that soft, pillowed look and Brass for those pops of shimmer that mimic the night sky. Astronomy is one of six mosaics in the Trove Collection from New Ravenna. Inspired by the layered colors, patterns, shapes, and illusions of texture found in the clear night sky, the mosaics portray stars illuminated against the matte edges of darkness and abstract patterns accentuated by gleaming metallics. See Astronomy in both white and black here. Which one sends you over the moon?

The last mosaic featured in this piece by Architectural Digest Russia and arguably the most fun, is What’s In the Box, a glass mosaic shown below in Labradorite, Pearl, Absolute White, Sardonyx, Citrine, Peridot, and Peacock Topaz. This pattern is perfect for a nursery, playroom, or child’s bathroom and is from Cean Irminger’s first KIDDO Collection. Irminger, New Ravenna’s creative director, released seven designs in her first stab at KIDDO. More recently, she followed up with KIDDO: Wunderkammer Edition. The whimsical designs found in both KIDDO editions explore the essence of childhood and are all made by hand from a myriad of elements, including stone, brass, aluminum, shell, 24k gold, antiqued mirror, and jewel glass.

The mosaics you see above and all other New Ravenna products are available at our showrooms throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, and Dubai. Find the one closest to you here.

Trending Now: The Cosmos

We often find ourselves checking out the “Daily Style Fix” from Livingetc.com. So, you can imagine the excitement when we discovered that Living etc. had done a trending piece on “the cosmos” and included “Astronomy,” a waterjet stone mosaic in honed Cloud Nine and Brass (see below)! As of late, interior designers have been incorporating more and more astronomy and zodiac patterns into their projects. This includes star-strewn plates, galaxy murals, galactic surfaces and cosmic tile work. From twinkly lights, journals and cutlery to mugs, lampshades and tile, Living etc. put together a list of fourteen of their favorite celestial motifs that they’ve seen in design and fashion and we are over the moon to be included!


“Astronomy,” seen above, is part of the Trove Collection from New Ravenna. The six mosaics in this collection capture the layered colors, patterns, shapes, and illusions of texture, found in the night sky. The mosaics portray stars illuminated against the matte edges of darkness and abstract patterns accentuated by gleaming metallics.

But our tile wasn’t the only shining star in this list from Living etc.!

We love this royal blue marble (and we love the gold cutlery, too!). It reminds us of the night sky – or perhaps looking down on earth from the heavens?

This shadow shade is so adorable! The colors are reminiscent of a galaxy far far away but the tiny little dots and stars would be the perfect addition to any room in your home.

See the full article and get celestially-inspired here. Each mosaic from New Ravenna can be fully customized to fit the scope of any commercial or residential project 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.

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