For the first time in the Italian Pavilion’s history, the exhibit will be built on an elevated flooring system. The booth will also feature two ventilated wall façades, clad in large format porcelain tiles provided by Floor Gres and Ricchetti, to demonstrate the ease of installation and technical benefits of this energy-saving system.
What are the latest trends in tile? Asking the 83,000+ international attendees who attended the 28th edition of Cersaie – the international exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings – would most likely yield a thousand different answers.
The Ceramic Tiles of Italy Playground, as it is fittingly called, will welcome guests to the world’s largest exhibit of ceramic tile and sanitaryware, which will be held in Bologna, Italy from Sept. 28 – Oct. 2, 2010. This wide-ranging initiative brings together manufacturers of ceramic tiles, bathroom furnishings and installation products, all key sectors that play an important role in the success of a show like Cersaie.
When it comes to hospitality, Ceramic Tile of Italy pulls out the stops. Show attendees will enjoy typical treats including traditional pasta dishes, wines, cappuccinos and espressos each and every day at the booth. During the last hour of the show Tuesday through Thursday, Ceramic Tiles of Italy will also participate in the show’s cocktail hour, a fun addition to this year’s fair.
Thanks to its modular approach and offering of shapes, colors and finishes, tile lends itself to creative and personalized installations. At the same time, tile has minimal damage costs (it can be spot-repaired) and is often marketed in “families” of coordinated products – allowing for easy updates to an existing building/room.
Despite economic fears, the Cersaie fair was alive and well, attracting 83,137 visitors from Italy and abroad. It was business as usual with new products aplenty. While major trends did emerge, all eyes were on sustainable solutions and energy-saving technologies.
With more than
90,000 visitors from around the world set to attend, preparations for Cersaie
2009 have been completed. The four-day show has historically been a launching
pad for innovative new products.
Ceramic Tiles of Italy made a statement at this year’s ICFF with a 3,500-square foot pavilion designed by Italian architect Michele De Lucchi. Carefully crafted, it featured exhibits from 13 of Italy’s most influential tile manufacturers. The space was a source for new products and inspirations as each manufacturer added their own signature flair to the exhibit.
Recently, in concurrence with New York City's Meatpacking District's overall architecture theme for the 2009 New York Design Week, Ceramic Tiles of Italy (CTI) presented a retrospective of select winning projects from its competition's history at The 414 Gallery, the Meatpacking District's central hub.
In this issue of TILE Magazine, we spoke with various professionals in the industry about Gauged Porcelain Tile Panels/Slabs (GPTP) and what the future holds for the innovative, trending products. One of the issue’s installation case studies, “An Attention-Grabbing Design,” features these larger-than-life products in a residential setting, highlighting their advantages. Also make sure to check out our Contractor Spotlight with Ken Ballin, owner of Skyro Floors in New Jersey, and much more!