The largest and most qualified international fair for the ceramics and bath furnishings sectors

Bologna Fiere,

from 24 to 28 September 2018 

The 36th edition of Cersaie, the international fair of ceramics for architecture and bath furnishings, remains a worldwide reference point to know about aesthetic, typological and technological trends, and a place where the world of production meets that of distribution.

The Sound of Design – Italian Style Contract is the group show set up at pavilion 30 of the fair.

The curators Angelo Dall’Aglio and Davide Vercelli set out to demonstrate that music and design can adapt to the fashions and trends of the moment to provide inspiration for new ideas.

The show is divided into settings, each with a different set design, in which the products for display environments. The soundtrack is composed of songs released from 1976 to 1983 that have become timeless classics.

Together with images and video clips from those years, the music accompanies visitors on an emotional journey that reveals the flexibility and characteristics of the objects on display.


There will also be the 5th edition of the ADI Ceramics & Bathroom Design Award, assigned to honor the most innovative Italian products in the ceramics and bath furnishings sectors, organized in collaboration with ADI – Associazione per il Disegno Industriale.

The prize ceremony is on Wednesday 26 September at 14.30, with members of the commission and representatives of Confindustria Ceramica, in the space of the exhibition The Sound Of Design.

The fair also offers many initiatives on architecture and design:

– The award-winning British architect and designer Richard Rogers, on Tuesday 25 September, will hold a lecture at Palazzo dei Congressi of BolognaFiere, with an introduction by architectural historian Francesco Dal Co.

– The architects Mario Botta and Guido Canali, with moderator Fulvio Irace, approach the theme of architectural design on Thursday 27 September at the Galleria dell’Architettura, in the context of the cultural program Costruire, Abitare, Pensare, now at its 10th year.

Photographer Silvia Camporesi delivers a lecture on Friday 28 September at Europauditorium inside Palazzo dei Congressi.

Cersaie also presents the initiative Caffe della Stampa at the Media Agora in the Services Center.

On Wednesday 26 September at 12.00, Ceramics in Sustainable Design is the theme addressed at the Interni Café by Gilda Bojardi, Mario Cucinella and Massimo Imparato.

In the city center, Bologna Design Week is the international event for promotion of design culture in Emilia-Romagna, produced in collaboration with Cersaie from 25 to 29 September: 150 participants, over 100 events including exhibitions, workshops, design talks and installations in palaces, museums, universities, academies, art galleries, theaters, private homes and showrooms.