|This year marks the 31st edition of Cersaie — the annual international Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings Exhibition in Bologna, Italy — which will take place from September 23 to 27, 2013.|
Promoted by Confindustria Ceramica in collaboration with BolognaFiere and organized by Adi.Cer SpA, Cersaie annually attracts attendees from around the world. Last year’s event featured product displays from over 900 exhibitors who hailed from 33 countries; 474 ceramic tile exhibitors and 293 bathroom furnishing exhibitors. There were over 75,500 visitors to the show, including architects, interior designers, contractors, tile layers and wholesalers. In addition to the numerous Italian tile manufacturers exhibiting this year, it is expected that 94 Tile of Spain-branded manufacturers will also be displaying their products.
Highlights of this year’s exhibitor sector include a brand new exhibition — “Bathroom Excellence 1998-2012: ADI Design Index @ Cersaie 2013” — featuring over 100 products that explore the technological and aesthetic innovations in Italian bathroom design during that period. The exhibition is curated by and in partnership with ADI (the Italian Association for Industrial Design). Another highlight includes the second annual “Cersaie Designs Your Home” initiative, which offers a free consultation with an architect for visitors to the show who are working on or considering a renovation.
In addition, the show’s rich conference program, Building, Dwelling, Thinking, will return for another year of seminars and talks by acclaimed figures in the world of architecture and design including Ora Ïto, Riccardo Dalisi, Carla Juacaba and Izaskun Chincilla. This series of conferences and seminars discusses the chosen themes from various standpoints.
Some of the trends expected at this year’s show include weather-worn texture tile, designs featuring fossils and petrified tree bark from prehistoric times, encaustic cement and majolica inspired tiles, and hexagons from the “bold geometries” category. SEE PRODUCT REVIEW ABOVE