Caroline Beaupère is a native of Paris – and her newest collection for New Ravenna shows it.
It’s called Ville Lumière, or City of Light, and it’s her third collection for the Virginia-based mosaics manufacturer. Her first was in 2016 after moving to New York from Montmartre and working in interior and industrial design. Her second was in 2019.
This one builds on the first two. “I asked if they wanted more continuity or something entirely new, and they said: ‘Do your magic,’” she says. “It’s very close to my heart and something I wanted to do for a long time – I wanted to explore the aspects and emotional parts of Paris.”
The new collection’s based on the neighborhoods of Paris. There are nine designs, in natural stone and jewel glass, with 24k gold accents, inspired by the city’s iconic architectural elements.
“There’s a variety of color in the glass – you can pick anything you want,” she says. “There are different combinations for stone – variations that create some subtle and timeless and elegant solutions.”
Tour Eiffel is interpreted in mosaic with the wrought-iron lattice structure viewed from below. Heraldic fleurs-de-lys grace the Ile Saint-Louis pattern, accented in 24k gold. Beaupère designed Sacré Coeur, as a stylized heart motif to reflect the neo-byzantine ethos of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Montmartre.
Place des Vosges interprets the vaulted arcades that frame the square in the Marais. Place Vendôme was inspired by the faceted jewels found in the luxury stores surrounding the obelisk. Beaupère chose stones in varying shades of grey to depict in the color palette reminiscent of the metal, stone, and pavement found in Parisian streets and buildings.
It’s a collection that lets architects and clients create their own color palettes – from their own memories of and experiences in Paris. “That’s what I love about creating these collections – I can see what people do with it,” she says. “They can use any color they want and make it their own.”
The stone can be installed on walls and floors, but the glass is for walls only. “The stone applications are very grand, and with the glass applications the light captures another dimension,” she says.
But then again, isn’t that what Paris is all about?
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