Exmore, Va.-based New Ravenna has introduced a collection of stone, glass, and metal mosaic tiles inspired by the designer’s memories of summers spent on the French Riviera.
Designed by Paris-born Caroline Beaupère, the eight mosaics of the Liliane Collection are handcrafted in natural stone and glass with metal accents. The company says the enchanting gardens, architecture, and culture of the Côte d'Azur are represented in design, color, and texture.
"Growing up in the South of France, I spent all my summers on the French Riviera,” designer Caroline Beaupère says of the collection. “The Liliane collection is named after my grandmother who had a house in Cannes overlooking the Mediterranean. It is a journey through the French Riviera's most beautiful gardens and an homage to its spectacular light and lush vegetation."
Caroline, a hand-cut and waterjet mosaic shown in tumbled Thassos and polished Calacatta Gold.
The collection consists of Beatrice, Beatrice Grandiose, Caroline, Caroline Medallion, Massena, Eze, Monaco, and Monaco Floral.
- Béatrice is an Art Nouveau lily, inspired by the verdant gardens of Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. It features vivid blue jewel glass that reflects the brilliance of the Mediterranean Sea and sky.
- The range of taupe stones in Béatrice Grandiose indicates the fertile organic soil, where the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild gardens have thrived for over a century.
- The small village of Èze is renowned for its botanical garden. The namesake mosaic is a stylized interpretation of the abundant cacti planted in the garden, with brass and aluminum accents creating glints of shine.
- The Masséna mosaic in stone captures the belle époche style of Villa Masséna in Nice, with its grand entrance of stately palm trees.
Monaco Floral, a waterjet mosaic shown in honed and polished Nero Marquina.
- Moving east on the coast is Monaco, the second smallest country in the world. The eponymous mosaic replicates the top portion of the Coat of Arms of the Grimaldi House in Thassos stone combined with brass or aluminum and glass accents. Elongated decorative leaves cradle the regal crowns.
- Monaco Floral is the adaptation of the leaves independent of the royal symbolism.
- The Caroline mosaic in tumbled Thassos and polished Calacatta Gold is a deconstructed representation of the Princess Grace Rose Garden in Monaco. Conceived by Prince Rainier III in memory of his wife, the garden has 6,000 rose bushes.
- The Caroline Medallion is available in either glass or stone, with butterflies and roses animating their oval frame.
Èze, a waterjet mosaic shown in polished Nero Marquina and brushed aluminum.