Cersaie 2018: new coverings and bathroom

Great success again this year for Cersaie, now in its 35th edition: more than 100,000 visitors with a 4% increase compared to last year, with significant growth of international visitors. The Bolognese festival is therefore confirmed as the most important showcase in the world, an ideal stage for presenting the news from companies. Let’s see the most significant changes, those that will probably set trends in the coming months.


On the crest of the wave for several years, porcelain stoneware is now increasingly launched thanks to large formats and coatings suitable for all surfaces, even outdoors. This year the wood-effect version presents itself in great style, offering new surfaces increasingly similar to traditional parquet: planks laid to run, herringbone, mosaic, for floor coverings but also for walls and for all environments, even outside. An obligatory choice for those who love the warmth and elegance of wood.

Then there are the tiles that wink at the world of fashion , and so here is a triumph of metallic effects, iridescent colors and an explosion of colors, like in the Eclectica collection, presented by Marazzi: on the large format (40 × 120) yes alternate the eight chosen colors (Rose, Purple, Taupe, Cream, White, Anthracite, Sage, Blue) animated by 3D effects or printed in digitally printed decorations. A very versatile collection that can give life to original and very elegant combinations, combining the different variants.

Great success also for the wallpapers in digital printing for wet environments: this is nothing new but I wanted to point out Woven Vinyl by Skinwall Dream Wallpaper, a very Italian company, despite its name. This innovative material, already presented last year, in addition to being water-repellent, washable, hygienic, fireproof and resistant, is enriched with other qualities: greater performance on the technological side and a choice of 43 new graphics from the Palingenesi collection dedicated to nature and the Collection Suite with 10 wallpapers signed by designers Fabio Iommi, Michelangelo Bonfiglioli and Gloria Zanotti.

A nod to the refined collections in glazed stoneware presented by the three brands of ALTAECO group: Ceramica Bardelli continues collaboration with Studiopepe with the collection of Pittorica tiles for interiors, from simple geometries, declined in 14 opaque colors and available in sizes 25 × 25, 6 × 25 and the unusual 25x25x25 triangle tile, which allows you to compose patterns at will.

Instead, Marcante Testa reinterprets Confetti for Ceramica Vogue, the collection presented at Cersaie 2017, adding three-dimensionality to retro-style graphic signs in the new Dekorami collection. Appiani instead presents itself with the new Denim mosaic, for interiors and exteriors. (cover photo)

An absolute novelty, the Circle Wall round tiles by De Castelli allow for the creation of an innovative cladding system that consists of superimposing the various pieces creating a 3D effect. Even the material that composes them is unusual: it is brass, worked in different ways to obtain finishes and colors ranging from warm golden to cold gold, from bronze to burnt and dark brown. Very interesting.

Ceramics, taps and sanitary fittings

In the sanitary field, the trend that sees wellbeing and luxury in the first place continues, while on the stylistic side there are no major innovations, given that the coexistence of different aesthetics continues. Washbasins with gold specks, multi-sensory showerheads, super-equipped shower cabins, and free-standing tubs, as expected.

We speak instead of Esedra®, SDR Ceramiche brand, and of the Revolution® collection, presented as an absolute novelty in the sanitary ceramics sector. Made of Livin-Stone® ( solid surface ), the Revolution® bidets and vases were born with the intent to revolutionize the entire sector, offering a material previously reserved for washbasins, shower trays, bathtubs and integrated tops to the furniture. In fact, the use of Solid Surface has allowed aesthetic virtuosity and technological innovations never are seen before, so we will see if Esedra’s proposal will have a significant following.

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