Inspired by Natural Elements, New Ravenna Presents Biome
New Ravenna, America’s premier designer and manufacturer of mosaics for residential and commercial installations, is pleased to present Biome. The 15 mosaic designs in the collection are handcrafted in Virginia from stone and Glazed Basalto™ with accents of shell and iridescent and metallic glazes. Biome was inspired by the shapes, textures, and patterns found in nature. The collection as a whole was explored and connected through color palette. A biome is a naturally occurring community of flora and fauna, with the five primary biomes on earth: tundra, aquatic, forest, grassland, and desert. New Ravenna deconstructed the five biomes to explore the variety of life and terrain found in these disparate climates. Together, the collection demonstrates the connection and repetition of pattern throughout nature. Each of the five biomes has a unique color palette that captures the essence of that environment.
Cean Irminger, New Ravenna’s creative director, says of Biome, “Our natural world is a major source of inspiration and solace. When palette and pattern overlap, we can completely change the perception of a design; a pattern that was based on a fossil from the desert now reads as a meadow flower in white and green, or a falling snowflake in white and gray. On a grand scale, Biome reveals the interconnectedness of nature and design. When examined closely, Biome will illustrate the chameleon quality of mosaic and its ability to express a narrative through color.”
Biome includes multiple finishes to create textures that reflect light, wind, and time. The materials in the collection have been honed, polished, pillowed, and tumbled. Mosaic techniques range from hand cutting and chopping to water-jet. Biome can be installed on walls and floors, indoors and out.
The aquatic biome encapsulates the earth’s sources of salt and fresh water. Cool dark tones in blues and greens capture the aqueous element, with iridescent accents that emulate fins and shells. Bold pops of color capture the vivid life of tropical reefs.
The desert biome is unmistakably associated with heat, sun, and sand. This climate is captured through warm creams, browns, and tans. Tumbled and honed finishes provide the feel of cracked earth and edges that have been softened by windblown sand over thousands of years.
The forest biome is the woodlands of the world, from tropical rain forests to ancient old growth trees. To achieve a rich natural feel, the palette includes deep earth browns and reds, verdant greens, and golds.
The grassland biome represents the Great Plains, meadows, and expansive green vistas of the world. Bright tones capture the flowering abundance of these temperate climates with Glazed Basalto jewel tones and light backgrounds conveying sunshine and growth.
The tundra biome represents the coldest climates on earth. To capture the cold, crisp feel of this environment, cool tones of whites, grays, blues, and lavenders make up this palette, with speckled highlights of iridescent Moonflower and shell to capture the glint of sunlight on ice.
For more information, visit New Ravenna’s website, or call (757) 442-3379.