The 300,000-square-foot show floor at this year's Coverings (held April 17–20th at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida) was filled with many stunning designs, but an offshoot in an annex at the nearby Peabody Hotel proved to be a cache of creativity. There, a handful of artisans from Virginia-based New Ravenna Mosaics exhibited wares ranging from the midcentury-inspired to the distinctly Moroccan influenced. Click through the slideshow for a look at the designs.
Erin Adams created the Cityscape pattern as part of her first collection for New Ravenna.
A longtime tile designer, Erin Adams began to work on a collection for New Ravenna in 2011. She seeks to develop patterns not usually seen in tile, like her abstract "Bottles" design.
The "Kente" pattern is reminiscent of textiles—a quality that I really liked.
The Mod Drops arrangement of tiles has a Scandinavian sensibility.
Here's the same pattern, this time in the Moonstone colorway. Courtesy of New Ravenna Mosaics 2012.
The jewel tones in this pattern were really lovely. Most of the mosaic tile I saw at Coverings featured the same tessellated shape, but these slightly irregular pieces were different and gave the overall scheme character.
A neutral array of the mosaic tile by Erin Adams.
San Diego–based interior designer Paul Schatz used New Ravenna's tile for his custom residential projects many times during his career (he's been working since the 1970s), but took the plunge into product design this year. "Working with the New Ravenna team after a long and fulfilling career is an amazing creative experience," says Schatz. Here's his Granada design, one of my favorites from the whole show.
"My travels through Spain, Portugal, and Mexico combined with my love of Morocco and studies of Islamic geometric art were the inspirations behind my patterns," says Schatz. The Alcala design, shown here, is made from combinations of natural marbles just like the rest of his works.