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Ceramics of Italy present top tile trends for 2018

New York, N.Y.—Ceramics of Italy has gathered the top tile trends dominating the booths at Cersaie, the world’s largest exhibition of ceramic tile and sanitaryware furnishings. Following are the top 10 trends.

Botanical. While floral designs have been around since decorative tile was invented, botanical is a new trend reflecting two movements in the design industry. The first is a focus on health and wellness and the incorporation of the natural world into interiors. Meanwhile, the influence of tropical modernism has seeped into interiors and product design, which can be seen in this year’s abundance of palm, cacti and other flora-inspired patterns.

Deconstructed. Tile companies are constantly seeking new ways to add movement and volume to the flat surface, whether by texture, pattern, or tromp l’oiel effect. Deconstructed is the most recent example, featuring a breakdown and reconstruction of shapes that transcend the traditional rectilinear format of a tile.

Earth tones. Color palettes range from dirt, clay and sand inspired browns; forest, moss and grass-like greens; red and golden tones reminiscent of the sun; and shades of blue to evoke an oceanic feel. This trend has become popular partially due to a revival of 1970s style along with a greater focus on mother nature and its ability to create a sense of natural serenity.

Globalism. Designers and brands frequently look to other cultures for inspiration, which are exemplified in this year’s tile introductions.

New typologies. While some companies recreate the look of wood or stone to an impressive degree of realism, others mix different materials or handpick certain characteristics to form a whole new typology. This fusion of material-looks and themes result in a surreal, imaginative interpretation of tile and a potential new language for interior design.

Nostalgia. People often look to design for an escape and in this current political climate it’s unsurprising that companies are turning to the past to bring people a euphoric boost..

Painterly. There is an overarching softness and romanticism in the design world today with gentle curves, washes of color and the unmistakable touch of an artist’s hand. Tile is no exception with this year’s collections featuring hand painted patterns, sketches and illustrations, marbled effects and watercolor designs.

Pastels. Moving beyond the celebrity of millennial pink, shades of blush, lavender, sea green and pale yellow can be found in dozens of floor and wall tiles. Less saturated than primary colors, pastels create a light, soft and calming effect, which dovetails with a few other trends from this year from Painterly to Nostalgia.

Terrazzo twist. Already a popular trend in interior design and fashion, terrazzo started popping up in the tile industry last year and has grown to become a potential new mainstay, on par with marble, wood and concrete designs. Dozens of designs are now available ranging from cement to epoxy terrazzo, traditional to modern colors and glossy to matte finishes.

Weathered. A departure from the soft, romantic effects of the other trends, weathered is a style with staying power. From stones with scratch marks and colored rustic planks to rusted tin tiles and oxidized metals, these tiles mirror an ongoing fascination with unfinished spaces, worn surfaces and vintage effects.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tile: Spanish suppliers steal the show at Cersaie 2017

November 6/13, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 11

Bologna, Italy—More than 90 Tile of Spain companies showcased their latest ceramic tile innovations and styles at Cersaie 2017 held here earlier this fall. Spanish tile manufacturers unveiled collections that reflected popular design trends.

It should come as no surprise that Spanish tile manufacturers drew a lot of attention at Cersaie. According to ASCER, the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association, Spain is the No. 1 exporter of ceramic tiles in Europe and No. 2 in the world. Alongside years of tradition, knowledge and experience, Tile of Spain ceramic products are present in over 180 countries worldwide.

Following is a snapshot of the major trends observed at Cersaie, as depicted by the scores of Tile of Spain companies in attendance.

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Ceramics of Italy extends 2017 Tile Competition deadline

screen-shot-2016-10-28-at-1-39-27-pmNew York, N.Y.—Ceramics of Italy has extended the deadline for its 2017 Tile Competition to Jan. 13. All North America-based architects and designers who have used Italian ceramic or porcelain tile within the past five years are eligible to submit their projects in the residential, commercial and institutional categories. Prizes include $3,000, a trip to Bologna, Italy for a CEU-accredited trip to Cersaie and a trip to Orlando to present their project at Coverings.

The competition guidelines, online application and an archive of winning projects from past years can be found on the Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition website. There is no fee to enter and multiple submissions are accepted.

 

 

 

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Cersaie renews agreement with BolognaFiere

cersaie-2017-posterSassuolo, Italy—Following negotiations lasting several weeks, Cersaie, International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings, will continue to be held in Bologna in future years. Secured by BolognaFiere and Edi.Cer. spa, a subsidiary of Confindustria Ceramica, the agreement covers a four-year period, (2017-2020) with an option for an additional two years (2021 and 2022).

Investments to upgrade the Exhibition Centre formed a key part of the agreement, as effective implementation of the investments planned by BolognaFiere are seen as crucial for a major international event like Cersaie.

“The latest edition of Cersaie confirmed the strategic importance of the Bologna venue for our international clientele, which reached a record figure of more than 50,000 out of the total attendance of 106,000,” said Vittorio Borelli, chairman of Confindustria Ceramica. “The renewal of the contract comes at a time of constant innovation for our show and growing investments on the part of exhibitors, so the need to upgrade the Exhibition Centre is a particularly important aspect.”

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Ceramics of Italy contest deadline extended

ceramics of italy_newBologna, Italy—The submission deadline for the 2014 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition has been extended to Feb. 12.

 Organizers are seeking entries for the most original and imaginative spaces by North American architects and designers using Italian ceramic tile. 

The winner will win $4,000 and a five-day trip to Italy to attend the Cersaie show.

Sponsored by the Italian Trade Commission and Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics, comprises more than 150 ceramic tile manufacturers), the Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition is the longest-running competition of its kind. 

The 2014 edition is open to architects and designers based in North America who have used Italian ceramic or porcelain tile in their residential, institutional and commercial/hospitality projects compeleted in the past five years.

 The competition is completely digital and free to enter.

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Cersaie to show flooring other than ceramic

Screen Shot 2014-01-16 at 4.48.30 PMBologna, Italy — Cersaie will longer be just for ceramic tile, organizers said.

Confindustria Ceramica and BolognaFiere have signed an agreement regarding the the next three editions of the International Exhibition of Ceramic Tiles and Bathroom Furnishings.

As part of the new agreement Cersaie will extend its scope from 2014 onwards to include other categories of interior and exterior floor and wall covering materials such as marble, natural stone and wood.

The agreement also confirms the Bologna exhibition center as the show’s venue and establishes the dates for the three year period 2015–2017, which as usual will be between the end of September and the first week in October. 

The agreement also includes a series of actions aimed at promoting synergies and thereby consolidating the international position of Cersaie and of its longstanding Bologna venue. The 100,769 visitors who attended the five days of last year’s show included 46,535 international visitors from 157 different countries, 4.2% more than at Cersaie 2012. It’s the world’s leading show in the ceramics and bathroom furnishings sectors.

The next International Exhibition of Ceramic Tiles and Bathroom Furnishings will be held Sept. 22-26.

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Cersaie 2013 dates set, new exhibit to debut

Cersaie2013_LR.logoBologna, Italy—Cersaie 2013—the world’s premier ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings exhibition—will take place in the Bologna Exhibition Center in Bologna, Italy, from Sept. 23 to 27. The show will feature nearly 1,000 exhibitors from 31 countries. The show draws over 75,000 unique visitors each year. Continue reading Cersaie 2013 dates set, new exhibit to debut

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Cersaie gearing up for 2012 show

Bologna, Italy—The International Exhibition of Ceramic Tiles and Bathroom Furnishings, or Cersaie 2012, will be welcoming architects, designers and company personnel to the Bologna Exhibition Centre here Sept. 25 to 29. Cersaie is the world’s largest tile exhibition. Continue reading Cersaie gearing up for 2012 show

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Cersaie attracts 113,165 total visitors

BOLOGNA, ITALY—Cersaie has once again confirmed its world leadership position in the field of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishing trade fairs. After selling out all the floor space in the Bologna Exhibition Centre five months before the event (965 exhibitors from 31 countries, including 265 non-Italian companies), the show’s strength was further bolstered by its number of visitors. Continue reading Cersaie attracts 113,165 total visitors