May 23, 2018 (Exmore, Virginia) – New Ravenna, America’s premier designer and manufacturer of luxury stone and glass mosaics, is pleased to introduce the J. Banks Collection for New Ravenna by Joni Vanderslice, principal and owner of J. Banks Design. The residential and hospitality design firm, based in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, has a global portfolio of projects that are a direct reflection of their design philosophy – home as resort and resort as home. Vanderslice designed the 15 patterns in this collection with three themes in mind: waves, trellises, and palms. New Ravenna’s design team visualized her concepts into mosaic form through various applications of color, texture, and shape.

The J. Banks Collection for New Ravenna captures the essence of refined, southern-coastal style, combined with the rich colors and graphic patterns of African tribal design. A Hilton Head native, Vanderslice flawlessly captures the contemporary elements popular in east coast interiors. Specifically, the designer drew inspiration for this collection from her travels to and around Africa through her non-profit group, The Valentine Project. By partnering with local Tanzanian churches, Vanderslice’s Valentine Project aims to provide safe homes for orphans in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The mosaic collection is decorated with inspiration from Africa – from Kente and Kuba cloths, to topography maps and wave patterns.

For the firm’s first-ever tile collection, J. Banks Design collaborated with New Ravenna to create a line of mosaics that offer an upscale coastal profile for residential or hospitality projects. Vanderslice, who loves to play with color and scale, incorporated soft, neutral hues that evoke the inviting relaxation of a low-country retreat, as seen in Kubuni Grand and Wings, and a vibrant coastal color palette, as seen in Tanzanian Squiggle and Wimbi. The designer rescaled some of the patterns to cover options for kitchen backsplashes, powder room floors, and large-scale versions for foyer floors or master baths. Vanderslice says of the collection, “…design is in the details, especially when the details are made by hand and are absolutely unique.”

As each New Ravenna mosaic is made-to-order, any of the mosaics in the J. Banks Collection for New Ravenna can be customized with the client’s material preferences to fit the project’s scope. The collection is available at New Ravenna showrooms throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, and Dubai.


About J. Banks Design:
J. Banks Design, a full scale residential and hospitality interior design firm of 45 professionals, believes in cultivating strong client relationships through outstanding customer service and attention to detail. J. Banks Design’s interiors are best known to reflect the personal preferences and style of each of their clients in an elevated manner. Luxury without pretense, unique scale and proportion, and a blending of old and new are signature elements that are found within the firm’s designs.

J. Banks Design is regularly ranked as a Top 200 Interior Design Giant and Top 75 Hospitality Design Giant by Interior Design magazine; has been named as the Southeast Contract Designer and their Italian Project was bestowed with a Gold Key Award for Best Resort Design. The firm is currently working on a design book with Gibbs Smith publishers, and their work has been featured in leading publications including Coastal Living, Traditional Home, Hospitality Design, Boutique Design and Robb Report.

About New Ravenna:
New Ravenna is America’s premier designer and manufacturer of custom stone and glass mosaics for both residential and commercial installations. The handcrafted mosaics are fashioned into decorative borders, murals, fields, and medallions. Mosaic materials are polished, tumbled, honed and cut to create distinctive styles, subtle shade variations and textures. The installations are custom works of art in mosaic tile, which often incorporate the designs of architects, interior designers and their clients.

New Ravenna mosaics are found in homes, restaurants, hotels, casinos, and businesses around the world, and are available for purchase through designer showrooms across the country and internationally.

Media contact: JoAnn Locktov, Bella Figura Communications
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Phone: 415-847-6374