Bologna, Italy – Each year, international designers and architects flock to Cersaie, Bologna’s trade fair dedicated to bathroom furnishings and ceramic tiles. The leading event – which took place from 23 to 27 September 2019 – attracts more than 112,000 attendees. And for good reason: 161,000 sq-m and 18 exhibition halls are devoted to showcasing the latest and greatest from the sector, with multiple opportunities for industry players to network, learn and explore. Here are our product highlights from the event.
GLAMORA – COLLECTION X FOR GLAMFUSION
Responding to today’s need for biophilia, Italian wallcovering company Glamora updates its waterproof GlamFusion range with Collection X, a line of wallpapers that brings nature’s beauty to bathroom, wellness and hospitality environments. Offered in 27 graphics, the silk-touch Collection X surfaces re-create outdoor scenes, setting up a seamless transition between indoors and out.
LAMINAM – IN-SIDE
Laminam’s latest technology In-Side blends raw materials of variable grain size to form a material melange comparable to natural stone. The technology affords the creation of ceramic slabs with body and surface continuity, as expressed in a range of four new products. During Cersaie, the slabs were presented in the existing 1,620-x-3,240-mm size as well as the new 1,200-x-3,000-mm format exclusive to this series.
RAK CERAMICS – MAXIMUS MEGA SLABS
Heat resistant, recyclable, lightweight and easy to clean, RAK Ceramics’ Maximus Mega Slabs offer a highly functional covering solution. Ideal for a wide range of uses – from countertops to façade cladding – the ceramic slabs can be selected in a variety of thicknesses, sizes and effects. One such effect is the contemporary Tokyo Concrete finish ideal for bold, minimalist interiors or exteriors.
GRESPANIA – VETRO COLLECTION
Available in four colours – Acid, Smoke, Mocha and Sapphire – the Vetro Collection is Grespania’s newest wall tile series based on the finishes, hues and high-gloss nature of glass. The 31.5-x-100-cm ceramic tiles can be complemented by a variety of decorative pieces to create a customized space.
FLORIM – I FILATI DI REX
Florim’s I Filati range by Rex celebrates Italian-made design with an intersection of materials: the collection interprets the rich silk textiles of historic Venetian company Rubelli on large ceramic slabs. Consisting of nine decorative patterns, the I Filati series evokes the original fabrics – patterned with classic damask motifs, and floral and geometric adornment – in a modern way.
MUTINA – ALPHABET
To develop the concept behind its Cersaie stand, Mutina referred to the contemporary art world, particularly to the work of artists who seek to transmit a personal language through their work. From this foundation, the space – built from the tiles, or ‘letters’ of Mutina’s alphabet – was born. The stand explores the materials, aesthetics and distinctive approach that have defined the company’s practice for more than a decade.
FIANDRE BY IRIS CERAMICA GROUP – SOLID DRAPERY
Milan- and London-based Studio Milo designed the Fiandre Architectural Surfaces stand for this year’s Cersaie. The concept – Solid Drapery – centred on the idea of showing the less rigid side of porcelain stoneware. An exhibition route led visitors through large surfaces, furnishing elements and accessories designed and applied to illustrate the flexible ways to use Fiandre’s Maximum tiles and SapienStone slabs.