June 26, 2018 (Exmore, Virginia) — New Ravenna, America’s premier designer and manufacturer of mosaics for both residential and commercial installations, is pleased to introduce the KIDDO: Wunderkammer Edition of mosaics by the company’s creative director, Cean Irminger. The six whimsical designs are the result of an imaginative journey through Irminger’s 17 years as a mosaic designer. The KIDDO: Wunderkammer Edition explores the essence of childhood and is fabricated by hand from a myriad of elements, including stone, brass, aluminum, shell, 24k gold, antiqued mirror, and jewel glass. “Arrow Rows” is in homage to Irminger’s father who is a world-class arrowhead hunter. In “Caroushell“, seahorses and rococo shells transform a traditional brocade into a maritime adventure. Irminger, a fan of puns and creative language, designed “Subway!” as a play on vernacular subway tile with city metros gliding across the familiar glass bricks. “Personal Space” caters to dreaming young minds that wish to travel to faraway galaxies. “Tzarry Tzarry Night” takes us to a gilded age storybook kingdom, and sinuous mythical dragons cavort in the “Here Be Dragons” mosaic border.
“The idea of a Wunderkammer, otherwise known as a wonder room, has always delighted me,” says Irminger. “Essentially a trove of fantastic curiosities from the natural, scientific and artistic worlds, it’s a collection that by its nature draws one in to look closer, to try and discover the story of each object. The aim of the KIDDO collection has always been to entice viewers and transport them to a place of childlike wonder. I wanted the designs to inspire the happy jolts of surprise you get from discovering a secret in plain sight. I feel that the purpose of this collection, and also of New Ravenna, is to give personality and a voice to the inanimate spaces of our lives, and to give people joy in their daily surroundings.”
Nearly two decades ago, Irminger joined the team at New Ravenna and began putting her creativity and unique artistic style to work creating bespoke mosaics. Today, she is an intrinsic leader of the company’s management and design teams. In her original KIDDO collection, first launched in 2016, you’ll find whimsical designs that speak to the inner child: a brocade of rabbits, geometric boxes filled with mythical creatures, paper airplanes, shadow puppets, and zoo animals are just a few elements in her designs. Her second iteration KIDDO: Wunderkammer Edition, brings that same joyous spirit and sophisticated design to mosaic and tile surfaces – this time with new materials and characters. Each pattern can be fully customized to the client’s material preference, fitting the scope of any commercial or residential project.
Each mosaic is handmade on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and, depending on the materials, can be installed indoors, outdoors, on floors and on walls. Each pattern can be fully customized with the client’s material preferences to fit the scope of any commercial or residential project.
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