Patterns, textures and innovation in ceramics, in research conducted by Istituto Marangoni School of Design
A few days after the closing of Cersaie, the international fair on the design of surfaces and bath furnishings held every year in Bologna, Istituto Marangoni School of Design has conducted reflections on the state of stylistic and design research connected with ceramic materials, which are increasingly important in the creation of architectural spaces.
The core of the project is the work done by Marcella Bricchi, Programme Leader of the Interior Design Department of Istituto Marangoni, who has studied and identified certain macro-trends.
According to Bricchi, the trends that emerged at the latest sector fairs point to certain themes that combine the contemporary needs of living space with the know-how of the companies of Made in Italy and their ability to innovate in the sector of facings and surfaces.
Three macro-trends have surfaced. Enhanced Nature: nature that wraps residential interiors, inspired by uncontaminated faraway paradises and romantic gardens. The simplified reinterpretations of decorative floral elements are expressed on unexpected sensorial surfaces. The theme can be seen in the collections of companies that deal in products with a different materic impact, conveying pleasant tactile perceptions.
Reloaded Memories: the new facings, offered in large formats, draw on materials with revised classic codes; tradition and innovation blend into aesthetic languages with avant-garde proposals. The identity of natural materials is transferred to high-performance surfaces, maintaining colors and finishes, which are then utilized in the creation of customized interior furnishings.
Materialized Patterns: geometric and graphic effects create dynamic surfaces applied to contemporary materials and three-dimensional patterns that play with light and shadow in new scenarios. Modular and personalized design schemes are enhanced by innovative finishes and optical perspective illusions. The stylistic inspirations and revisions apply to the textures designed, visible in the collections of the brands.