New Ravenna Mosaics, whom you may remember from a post a couple of weeks ago, launched a new line of glass mosaics at Coverings in Chicago this year.
Under the guidance of the Mosaic Muse herself, Sara Baldwin, New Ravenna is taking glass tile into places and expressions where its never been before.
I get it that I have a tendency to gush and I've never met a mosaic I didn't love. Well, almost. But these patterns are really something else.
Nobody is pushing the envelope with glass mosaics like this, and I mean nobody.
These designs are thoroughly, classically inspired but at the same time, they are unapologetically new. If you took the decorative mastery of Rome and Byzantium, then ran it through the studios of Louis Comfort Tiffany, and then finally passed it though the box grater of the 21st century you might come up with something close to this. It's gorgeous, all of it.
You can read more about these materials and patterns on Sara Baldwin's blog, and you can see the entire New Ravenna collection on the New Ravenna website.
If indeed there's a heaven, I think its streets would be paved with the likes of this.