New Ravena Mosaics is a great friend to this blog and they are in a quandary over one of their new collections. On Saturday, a call went out for help in naming a new collection of monochromatic, classically-inspired mosaics. It goes without saying that this collection is gorgeous and raises the bar quite a bit. It helps that I came up with one of the options for the name of this collection. So please, pop over to Sara Baldwin's blog, Sara Baldwin Design: Blog and vote! Hint: I think Cimbrone is about as perfect a name as there is, not that I'm attempting to influence the outcome here or anything like that.
Two postings back I requested a name for our 2009 black, gray and shades of white collection. Did I ever mention how commitment-phobic I can be?Since we're writing press releases for the collection, it seems that now would be a good time to settle on a name (duh). The two names I like the most via suggestions in the comments section of the blog or from emails and discussions in Kelly's pub are: Cimbrone, or Samsāra.Kitchen and Residential Design blog guru Paul Anater made the first suggestion saying, "How about Cimbrone? The Villa Cimbrone is now a grand hotel in Ravello but it started in the 11th century as a grand home. The Villa and the town it sits in is a one stop shop for the history of western art. Classical, Moorish, Renaissance, Baroque and Modern influences are all over the place and they compliment one another perfectly, just like your new collection." I checked out the website--and I'm ready to check in tomorrow, Paul. Also, in 1991 I was completely at a loss for what to name our first mosaic borders and ended up naming them after small towns in Italy. One of them was Ravello.New Ravenna purchaser Karen Fowler suggested Samsāra: "These designs are all perfectly balanced, and have a Yin/Yang sort of feel to them- with their dual natures. I can't come up with any Buddhist/Eastern philosophy words other than Samsāra (cycle of reincarnation)." I think Samsara could work. It appeals to me because so much of design is simply a reincarnation and reinterpretation of previous work.Honoring the tradition that came before was the reason I chose New Ravenna as the name for our mosaic company so many years ago--Ravenna, Italy is known for it's amazing Byzantine mosaics, but we wanted to emphasize an American perspective, a new perspective, while revering the best of the old world.
Both of these names appeal to me. What do you guys think?
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