On September 26-30, Italy will host Cersaie 2016, the pivotal event of the European ceramic tile industry. Traditionally, the exhibition will be held in Bologna to gather together the companies from more than 40 countries. Of course, the number of visitors will be even greater. In 2015, the event welcomed more than 100 thou attendees from 170 countries.
Staying at the heart of it all, we will bring to your attention live reports onsite, share the photos of the manufacturers' stands and highlight the new arrivals. Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
This year the image of Cersaie was ideated and developed by Silvia Spitaleri, the 24-year-old Italian artist from Trapani. While at high school, Silvia took part in numerous competitions with her ingenious graphic works. Now she is the final-year student of industrial design at the University of Palermo.
This year Cersaie image takes a new look at the event revealing the multilevel essence of the show and treating ceramic tile as a complex paradigm of aesthetic and functional values, a virtual "hub" for people, passionate for knowledge, innovations and design of this polyvalent material. The pile of ceramic tiles is shown in profile so that to accentuate the different thickness, color and finish of each particular piece. The human standing on the top symbolizes the streamline development of Cersaie and emphasizes the crucial role of the exhibition in the evolution of ceramic tile design, production and application.
While the participants are into the last-minute preparations for the event, we look forward to witness the show. However having some breaking news at hand, we would like to give a brief overview of the most intriguing discoveries to come.
The Wig Wag wall tiles by 41zero42 are remarkable for the uneven "mobile" surface regarded as a background for the beautiful effects of light. The series will embrace eight variations of relief randomly combined on the tiles of 7.5×15 cm. Wig Wag will become a part of the brand-new Synonyms & Antonyms range by 41zero42, which will embrace six series of different design and surface finish.
Sant'Agostino is going to expand the +ART portfolio which already contains a number of innovative collections. Following Digitalart, Blendart and Pictart, Sant'Agostino will launch the faux fabric Tailorart series. Based upon the photo, this is going to be a genuine breakthrough in the range of porcelain tiles that look like fabric.
Cir will expand the range of themed porcelain tiles inspired by various cities of the world. While the most recent series were dedicated to the US metropolises (Chicago, New York, New Orleans), the new arrival will be a tribute to Havana, the capital of Cuba. Using the palette of five tile sizes, six colors and the ample range of decorative pieces, the designers of Cir will make you plunge in the faerie atmosphere and warmth of this South American city.
The booth of Vallelunga will display the new concrete looking Base collection. The series includes the items peculiar for the original Fattamano surface (please see the image at the upper right) conceived in collaboration with Giovanni Barbieri, the talented architect and long-time associate of the company. Riva (please see the photo below) catches the eye by the light shades, fine graphic lines and gradual color transitions, which recall the texture of wood. The effect is enhanced by the so-called chevron setting. Argenta, the last but not the least novelty by Sant'Agostino, imitates the gray grades of marble. The collection is notable for the ample choice of tile sizes. The items ranging from 30×60 to 60×120 cm (the standard sizes for stone looking tiles) will be complemented by eight small elements (the upper left photo features the Toledo item peculiar for the intricate shape).
Inner by Caesar is an imitation of quartzite in the nontrivial color gamut (snow white, golden beige, two shades of gray and deep black). Owing to the innovative technology employed, the tile surface fuses matt and shiny spots, so that the striking similarity to the natural quartz rock is attained.
Maku by FAP Ceramiche is a perfect balance between austere look and cosiness, much sought after in residential areas. The textures of brick and natural stone are enhanced by the dizzying array of decorative pieces and mosaic tiles featuring exquisite graphic and handcrafted ceramic motives.
Concetto Spaziale by Etruria Design is a breath-taking collection of rhombic and hexagonal tiles intended to create dramatic visual effects. The series amazes by the rich palette of colors (over thirty shadings).
Francesco de Maio will showcase a modern interpretation of the authentic Mediterranean majolica tiles. Noteworthy, the most popular decorative elements featuring classical, Arab and Latin motives (e. g. Fiore Stilizzato, Acciaroli, Passolini, etc.) will be produced in the greater innovative size of 53×53 cm.
Essentia by Love Tiles is intended for facing. The series is remarkable for the light gamut of shadings and tactile relief. The manufacturer imitates miniature tesserae (Square), thin stripes (Band), rough items (Crusty), which are complemented by the beautiful decors and mosaic tiles.
The Spanish brand Apavisa will come up with Encaustic, a stylish imitation of cement tiles with "rubbed" edges and delicate color gamut. The collection is manufactured of full body porcelain stoneware in the unique size (30×30 cm) and caliber, which makes it a flexible and maintenance-free decorative solution.
Starting from September 26, we will proceed with the spot coverage of Cersaie 2016. Stay tuned and watch for updates!