Tiles like paintings, with watercolor effects and vivid and vibrant brushstrokes. Optical and alienating patterns, which subvert the rules of interior and decoration.
Surfaces sustainable, indestructible, at the end of their life completely recyclable, antibacterial and antiviral. In preview, our personal (and certainly not exhaustive) selection of the most interesting proposals to discover at Cersaie, the exhibition of ceramics for architecture and bathroom furnishings, from 26 to 30 September at Bologna Fiere , and in the circuits of the ceramic district.
INTERNI invites you to the Press Cafè
Media Agora - Service Center
Tuesday 27 September , at 12 noon, INTERNI invites the public to the Café della Stampa of Cersaie, with the talk entitled 'The value of the artefact, between design and craftsmanship'. A conversation between Gilda Bojardi, director of INTERNI, the Turin designer Paola Navone and the journalist and architect Patrizia Catalano, who investigates the value (and the evolution) of the ceramic artefact.
A virtuous and versatile cladding, chosen for both public and private spaces, from Andalusian mosques to the Paris subways of the early twentieth century. A ductile, durable, sustainable, antibacterial and easy to sanitize material that knows how to interpret the times and face the challenges of the contemporary world.
Boost Mix by Atlas Concorde
Pad. 30 stand C4-D5
Among the novelties of this edition is Boost Mix by Atlas Concorde, a porcelain stoneware that reinterprets the strain of gré, a sedimentary rock extracted from the mountains overlooking Lake Iseo.
A ceramic coating that with its materiality reproduces the particular rough appearance of natural stone, whose name, 'ceppo', probably dates back to a Milanese dialect, 'cepp', which means 'rock with pebbles'.
A collection that goes well with different materials, ideal with concrete or with neutral backgrounds for an urban style, more delicate and warm when combined with the wood effect.
Boost Mix comes in a wide range of modular formats for indoor and outdoor, also in the Sensitech matt finish, a tactile and soft but easy to sanitize surface, made with a patented production in Italy.
Paola Navone for ABK
Pad. 29 stand B60 – C59
Paola Navone for ABK invites us to immerse ourselves in a journey to discover immense ocean depths, turquoise tropical waters, dusty and polychrome lands of the South of the world.
And it does so with Poetry Colors, six glossy, intense and evocative ceramic surfaces, to be laid on the wall, characterized by watercolor effects and a marked variability of tone.
The plus: the small sizes (10x10 and 7.5 x15 cm by 8.5 mm thick) are reminiscent of the irregular majolica of artisan productions.
Fiandre Architectural Surfaces
Pad. 26 stand A188-B189
Mineral granules and flakes are mixed without a predetermined pattern. The result is Pulsar by Fiandre Architectural Surfaces, slabs with an ancestral charm, unique and unrepeatable.
A collection proposed in five earthy and natural colors: Snow Pulsar, Graphite Pulsar, Gravel Pulsar, Silt Pulsar and Dune Pulsar. Three finishes: Satin, silky to the touch and opaque, Naturale R10B, material but without harshness to the eye, and Structured R10B, with reliefs and irregularities emphasized by the light.
The plus: Pulsar is also available as Active Surfaces, patented eco-active surfaces that thanks to exposure to light (natural or artificial) and humidity present in the air are able to eliminate bacteria, fungi, molds, bad odors, with antiviral efficacy against the virus responsible for Covid-19, which is eliminated 94% following the sun 4 hours of exposure to light.
Stile di Casalgrande Padana
Pad. 29 stand B46-C45
A strong trend, which does not seem to stop, is the investigation and reproduction of natural stones, especially the rarest and with a thousand-year history.
The new collection in porcelain stoneware by Casalgrande Padana fits into this trend Style. An interpretation of the most ancient stones, presented in six different soft shades, from beige to gray, with multiple effects, from antiqued to striped, and in six formats, also in the thickened version for outdoors to create environments in continuity between indoor and outdoor.
The plus: Style can be 'enhanced' with the Bios Antibacterial treatment, able to eliminate 99% of the main bacterial strains.
Tips: porcelain stoneware has a high transmittance and good thermal conductivity, so this collection is ideal if you want to cover interiors, even in the presence of underfloor heating.
Nabi by Ceramica del Conca
Pad. 37 stand A4-B3
It takes its name from the naturalistic oasis located in Castel Volturno, surrounded by pristine and silent vegetation, of which it recreates its calm and wild beauty.
It is Nabi by Ceramica del Conca, surfaces with a wood effect, warm and with light and neutral tones, which reproduce the knots through a tone-on-tone grouting technique, for a realistic and lived effect.
To complete the new Del Conca proposal, the Oasi mosaic, thin wooden strips in the 20x120 cm size, reproduced in all shades, reinterpreting the traditional boiserie.
Papier di Mirage
Pad.25 stand A266–B267
"In the Italian house there is no great distinction between exterior and interior: elsewhere there is even separation of shapes and materials, with us the architecture from outside penetrates the interior, and does not neglect to use either stone or plaster nor the fresco ", wrote Gio Ponti in the magazine Domus in 1928.
A very modern vision that anticipates by almost a century the increasingly fluid way of living in domestic environments, without separation between in & out, in a continuity and hybridization between rooms and functions.
A way of living well interpreted by Mirage with Papier, 16 decorative solutions with a floral and vegetable theme that can personalize interiors as well as exteriors. And so the rainforest bursts into the house, alternating a cascade of tropical leaves with forsythia flowers in warm tones, while the exuberant jungle motifs, revisited in a more graphic guise, give a new twist to the walls.
Everything is allowed, the rule is that there are no rules.
Vetrite Onigem di Sicis
Pad. 22 stand A98-B87
At Cersaie it is Sicis that shines and enchants, which among the numerous novelties presents Onigem, the latest addition to the Vetrite collection, glass plates of large dimensions created and patented by the Ravenna-based company.
Precious and iridescent surfaces, with sometimes delicate and sometimes intense tones, characterized by 14 patterns inspired by the nuances and veins of limestone onyx.
The Vetrite panels are versatile, they can be applied inside and outside the home, as artistic elements to embellish floors, walls, walk-in closets, bathrooms, furniture and kitchen tops, doors, parapets and building facades.
Pad. 30 stand A28-B27
Refined (and daring) explorer of the ceramic material, Ferruccio Laviani continues his collaboration with Lea Ceramiche and presents the Pigmenti collection, a return to purer identity of the tile: "It was born from the desire to express myself with color and, above all, from the desire to enhance ceramic as such, overcoming that 'chameleon-like' side that often sees it as a replica of other materials", explains the Cremonese designer.
"It is natively the result of manual skills, the expression of an idea through hands that model the material. This is what I set myself as a goal for Pigmenti: to transpose that sense of craftsmanship and tactility on a purely industrial material".
Pigments is not just a color or a superficial attribute given to the material: "It is a material color itself, a pigment that penetrates the slab to become an integral part of it".
Seletti 4 Ceramica Bardelli
Pad. 30 stand A58-B57
Distortions, optical effects, walls like immense skies to daydream. It is Seletti 4 Ceramica Bardelli, a (very original and at times surreal) collaboration born from the encounter between the figurative design of Seletti and the know-how of the product of Ceramica Bardelli.
The collection, which takes the name of Tiles (R) evolution, consists of surfaces for floors and wall coverings with a strong impact declined in five lines : Distorsion, Diamond, Black & White, Elements 1 Clouds and Elements 2 Water.
Pattern outside the box with which to create immersive and surprising environments, and leave all the greyness out.
Heritage Luxe and Nature Mood by Florim
Florim Gallery, via Canaletto 24, Fiorano Modenese
Florim opens the doors of the Florim Gallery of Fiorano Modenese with the Forms of design event to present the news Heritage Luxe and Nature Mood.
The first, with a strong decorative character, is inspired by and reinterprets the precious veins and iridescent shades of marble, beautiful for example in the Heritage Azure version, characterized by the blue background on which a deep rust-colored vein stands out.
The second, Nature Mood, brings nature into the home, mixing stone and wood effects, with surfaces intended as an emotional background, where you can find that psycho-physical balance from which increasing urbanization and technology they often make us move away.
Il nuovo Spazio Mutina signed by Urquiola
Via del Crociale 25, Fiorano Modenese
Mutina, as per tradition outside the fair, unveils Spazio Mutina, the new headquarters designed by Studio Urquiola in collaboration with the Project Area of Mutina. An industrial environment, with spans and large ceiling beams, which communicates directly with the showroom, where it is possible to gather and spend moments of leisure in a continuous fluidity between work and recreational areas, between design, art and experimentation.
A new sustainable headquarters, with charging stations for electric cars, a zero-emission photovoltaic system that will be installed soon, and the filtering system for drinking water, also sparkling water, by Grohe which in fact retire the plastic bottles. The green area designed by the agronomist and landscape architect Flavio Pollano, in collaboration with Patricia Urquiola, is remarkable: 3800 plants belonging to 240 different species and varieties, a project that abandons the traditional formality of gardens in favor of an ecological vision.
There are also many new products. One of all: Renga by Vincent Van Duysen, a parallelepiped in terracotta measuring 15x15x25 cm to create dividing walls. "Renga is a micro architecture, designed to be multiplied like brick buildings. This allows for a great variety of forms inside of space", explains the Belgian designer.
An example that tells us how much more can be said, and done, with ceramics.