Introducing New Ravenna’s latest designer collection, J. Banks Collection by Joni Vanderslice. J. Banks 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. Our design team visualized her concepts into mosaics through various applications of color, texture, and shape.
The J. Banks Collection for New Ravenna mosaics capture 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 inspired by 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 their signature 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.”