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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”