Cersaie, the world’s largest exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings held in Bologna, Italy each September, showcased miles and miles of product debuts. From ceramics made to look like wallpaper, to surface coverings made of incredibly innovative materials, to fresh twists on botanical patterns, inventive mosaics, Romanesque sculptural reliefs and more, this year’s show did not disappoint. Below, are a few of our favorite finds from Ceramics of Italy, a collective of more than 200 Italian manufacturers of ceramic tiles, sanitaryware and tableware that are members of the Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics).
Ceramica Vogue debuted a new glazed porcelain tile collection by architecture and interior design firm, Marcanta-Testa. Dekorami, a three-dimensional collection of tiles, consists of three different patterns employing geometric shapes for an Art Deco-esque appeal as well as one coordinating smooth field tile.
One of our favorite new porcelain tile collections, Lines by Ceramica Bardelli, is simplicity at its finest. Available in only two sizes (23.6” x 23.6” and 23.6” x 47.2”), and two finishes, designers have a choice between a concrete-like look or a brick-like feel that recalls the texture and irregularities of handmade designs. A decorative version features a satin brass or steel inlay.
Ceramiche Brennero’s Mineral collection of iridescent porcelain stoneware was a showstopper. Produced in four different sizes with varying metallic effects, these tiles are perfect for contemporary spaces with a bit of an edge. Mineral is available in four luminous colors inspired by the sheen and tone of different metals.
The Metamorfosi collection of porcelain stoneware tiles from the eponymous company, offers designers a chance to be playful and create inventive installations. Designed by Stefania Fasciano, the dimensions and colors allow for a variety of expressive, eye-catching combinations suited to one’s taste and/or for one striking focal wall.
Puntini, by Alessandro Mendini, was the last design project created by the late, iconic designer for Ceramica Francesco De Maio. The hand-decorated collection of colorful tiles offers a poetic, soul-like appeal that caters to whit and whimsy. The optical collection of tiles come in an 8” x 8” size and are suitable for application to both floors and walls.
Atlas Concorde’s Marvel Dream collection of porcelain wall and floor tiles includes a breathtaking ultramarine hue that is hard to take your eyes off. It mimics the unmistakable allure of the most beautiful marble blended with lapis lazuli’s depth of color.
Ceramica Francesco de Maio is making a reappearance for their spectacular new botanical tiles. Cactus, a hand-decorated majolica suitable for wall and floor applications, and Palm (right), another gorgeous large-scale tile, each brought in droves of passersby with their unique, verdant appeal. Palm’s tropical allure stems from a pattern of interspersed light and dark green fronds. The new designs are from the company’s Verde Verticale collection.
While we already touched on the botanical trend all over Cersaie, FAP Ceramiche’s Foliage White Inserto tiles must be mentioned. The subtle beauty of this design, which forms part of the brand’s Nux collection, is enhanced by the company’s ability to reproduce the veining effects of stone.
I Filati di Rex, the new collection from Florim in collaboration with Rubelli, presents a stunning grouping of nine surfaces all made to appear as if the most luscious fabrics and wallpapers grace the wall. Using Rubelli’s fabrics as inspiration, the gorgeous patterns are translated onto large porcelain slabs. Shown here: Lady Hamilton in Cipria (left) and Vague in Scarlatto.
Ragno’s new Resina collection is comprised of six colors: three warm hues including Rosa, Terracotta, and Avorio, and three complementary cool shades. The Struttura 3D Wall pattern is shown in Terracotta (above right) while Decoro Bricks is shown in an eye-catching blend of warm and cool colors that includes Avorio. With all the fun and flirty patterns that lined the aisles, this collection was an under-the-radar favorite.