Coverings, the novelties seen at Cersaie 2019

Let’s see some of the news seen at Cersaie 2019, concluded just a week ago. I had already revealed some advances on the 2020 macrotendenze for coatings and floors, thanks to company previews. In the next articles, I will conclude the overview dedicated to the Bologna festival with ideas for washbasins and sanitary ware, bathroom furniture, accessories, and faucets.

The winners of the ADI Ceramics & Bathroom Design awards

To discover the most interesting news, it is worth starting with the winners of the ADI Ceramics & Bathroom Design Award, now in its sixth edition.

Leonardo wins the prize with the MAP RED Overcome collection, the result of continuous research and innovation carried out by the company of the Cooperativa Ceramica di Imola. Designed by Andrea Bacci, the collection reproduces concrete patterns with a metropolitan taste, on slabs with high technological performance.

Another winner was the Fissile brand with the Fuggo project by Sebastiano Canzano, which stood out for its innovative concept, where the escape, as an element of rupture, becomes a distinctive sign.

A prestigious brand, winner of the ADI 2018 award for the Jointed collection, this year Moasico + wins the prize for the best stand. There are 4 new collections presented in Bologna, Mist by Kensaku Oshiro, Quilt and P-Saico by Studio Irvine, and Sticks by Massimo Nadalini.

Coverings, large slabs increasingly at the top

The evolution in the production and digital printing of porcelain stoneware allows the creation of collections with an increasingly spectacular aesthetic impact.

Let’s start with the proposals of Ceramica Piemme, which presented the new Opulence collection by Valentino, inspired by the most precious granites. The spectacular floor tiles are combined with wall coverings in 6 solid colors and three-dimensional prism-shaped structures.

Interesting are the different innovations of the Terratinta Group through its flagship brands. Sartoria presents the Scenari collection, inspired by wallpapers, made of exclusive patterns hand-drawn by emerging young designers. The “cold” digital printing technology allows obtaining saturated and brilliant colors on large slabs. As for this company, I refer you to a future article dedicated to the other projects presented, which deserve to be studied in depth.

Those who want to live in a “glass house” will appreciate the slabs of Ceramica Refin, which on the occasion of the fair has expanded the range of shades with white and natural, for an ethereal and futuristic effect.

The ceramic surface meets the fabrics in original weaves inspired by the tradition of Venetian weaving, in the “I filati di Rex” collection, born from the collaboration of the Rex brand with the Rubelli silkworks. Damasked, floral and geometric motifs are declined on large slabs.

Coverings in small and medium format

The new collections of the ALTAECO brand Ceramica Bardelli, known for its collaborations with leading designers, deserve a separate post. Among the other novelties, the ZIP collection stands out, born from the collaboration with Meneghello Paolelli Associati. ZIP stands out for the joints incorporated in the decoration, through the graphic sign of the zipper.

Mutina relies on the manual skill of the artist Gennaro Avallone for a collection in black and white, in which the graphic is combined with the pictorial sign. Chymia is made of glazed porcelain stoneware, available in 22 30 × 30 elements.

Ceramica Magica from the Terratinta group exhibits Libeccio, a collection that features the wood effect in its natural appearance, in 4 colors, two sizes for the planks and an interesting mosaic version, Libeccio Moka.

The colorful collection presented by Ceramica Francesco De Maio is called “Puntini” and is signed by the master Alessandro Mendini, who died last February.

Finally, the Italian band Eccentrico presented three collections with a traditional flavor, Linea, Quadra, and Multiforma. Linea is a small 7.5 × 30 formats with glossy or matte finishes in eight color variations, reminiscent of the clinker that was popular in the 1970s.

The Quadra collection is instead in 2.5 × 20.5 square formats and allows to create different chromatic and compositional games based on 12 patterns and 6 colors, also inspired by the 70s (see cover photo).