Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tile as Art

When I first saw the composition of these four black and white tiles from New Ravenna Mosaics I thought it was a work of art - which, I realized, it really is. A floor in any of these tiles would be breathtaking but I think I would like these four, arranged just as they are, as a piece of art on a wall.

I love gray in a bathroom and these four patterns are beautiful as well. The second from the left is my favorite. **Interesting Update - Sara Baldwin commented that the second pattern has been installed in the floor of the queen's bath at Blair House in D.C. , but in a whitish Vermont Danby for the main color and botticino for the mosaic lines.
Sara Baldwin is the creative force behind New Ravenna and she has a blog with beautiful images of the tiles and mosaics her firm creates. It might just get you wondering if there's someplace else in your house that needs some tile...

22 comments:

columnist said...

Black & White tiles are heaven. The ultimate in good taste, and timeless. Your examples are a delight.

Ragland Hill Social by Gwen Driscoll said...

Michele,

These are just beautiful. Thank you for the source info. I love them and I'm getting ready to need some tile on some projects. Hope you are well.

Jennifer Sergent said...

I am SUCH a sucker for beautiful tile, thanks for sharing. Makes my 1930 Arlington black-and-white bathroom tile seem downright trendy!

Lavender and Lilies said...

Those are beautiful. I love gorgeous tile.

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

Thanks for the source, I am going to check her blog out. My favorites are the 2nd and the 4th in the gray. So pretty!

little augury said...

getting ready to do baths for a project next week- these are so lovely, the last set is a fav. of mine. off to see this blog and more.good stuff.

Sara Baldwin said...

Hi Michele,
Thanks a million for posting these! I am so delighted you stopped by my blog and entered the "rare book" contest--it really is the finest book on floor mosaics ever.
Also, that gray pattern you like? Coincidentally it is installed in the floor of the queen's bath in Blair House, across from the White House, where they put up all the dignitaries. Only they used a whitish Vermont Danby for the main color and botticino for the mosaic "lines". Architectural Ceramics is starting to represent us up there and Betty sold the job (actually, they might have donated it).
Thanks again for the post!

pve design said...

As a dear friend says - "Makes me want to lick them, they are so gorgeous!" Now those tiles are ART and "lickety" fine!
pve

Acanthus and Acorn said...

WOW!!! I love tile and these are magnificent!!!!! I have done several bathrooms and most people really want large tile for the lower maintenece. I personally would slave over it for the beauty:) Now I will have to hunt for a client who is willing and has the budget for this caliber of tile. I'll be posting on a bathroom tomorrow and it does have a small band of a marble mosaic. Thanks so much for the introduction.

La Maison Fou said...

Nice images and yes, I am copiling for mt kitchen reno. I will have to have a look.
L

Michelle said...

Oh my, how stunning! I LOVE them...I wonder if I could afford them...

Paloma {La Dolce Vita} said...

I am obsessed with this post! These are all so gorgeous. I think the black and white ones are my favorites. I love artistic tiles (think Spanish, Moroccan, Mexican). They add so much to a space. Wonderful post!

LindsB said...

I was just looking up to see if Ann Sacks had anything new out, I love her stuff.

I have to go check out more of this tile now too, its just as pretty!

Sara Baldwin said...

We make a line for Ann Sacks called "Beau Monde" which has a similar feel, but they show most of their patterns in more colorful tones(of course you can order the patterns in any colors you like). They will also be launching a new line of ours--a glass version of "Beau Monde"--in February (you heard it here first!)So you'll be able to order Beau Monde designs in stone OR glass. Nice for feature walls!
We are tentatively naming the line shown here on the incredible "My Notting Hill" blog 'Tabula Rasa' to emphasize the fact that black, white, and gray are just the beginning of coloring possibilities with this line--the "blank slate"!

Boxwood Terrace said...

Oh, the tile is indeed beautiful! I've never seen anything like it. Thanks for showing us something new (well, new to me anyway!).
Deborah

My Notting Hill said...

Thanks for all the comments & thanks to Sara for the extra info about her firm's tiles. I'm going to an event at Architectural Ceramics and I'm hoping to see them in person.

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Unbelievably gorgeous!

Jen of Made By Girl said...

Now that makes a beautiful statement in any room...black and white tiles mixed with kelly green furniture...aaah dreamy! :)

Jen Ramos
www.madebygirl.com
madebygirl.blogspot.com

Lisa said...

I'm so glad to see a post on tile! These are quite possible the prettiest i've ever seen...fit for a queen for sure, maybe someday for Lisa. Thanks for the link. I look forward to visiting her site.
Lisa

Demi said...

I thought you might like this - Daniel Ogassian (http://www.ogassian.com) created this custom tile for the entrance of the new Vanity Club inside Hard Rock, Las Vegas: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ogassian/4489495727

The tiled surface comes to life in a light show of colors and shadows, reflections and shapes, rich patterns and textural depth. Each faceted tile, rotated to a different angle casts random light creating the illusion of movement, building on the sinewy stretch from the dance-floor to the door.

The design was recently featured on CNBC: http://www.cnbc.com/id/36425204

Robert said...

The black and white tiles that you posted are truly works of art. The details are very intricate and carefully done. Aside from the bathroom, they can also be used for outdoor decorations.

We actually used a similar tile flooring (tampa) when we renovated our garden. We also used laminate wood flooring (tampa) for the activity area. All in all, it was a good change for the house since the art tiles gave it a new look.

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