Last week I had the pleasure of attending Cersaie, Italy’s ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings show, which took place in Bologna. After two planes, two trains, and a taxi ride, I found myself immersed in an immense show crowded with what seemed like hundreds of different cultures, languages, and most of all—tile.
The part of the show I loved the most was that each company seemed to have their own take on a trend. The hand-painted looks that each manufacturer recreates appeared in different ways, like Del Conca’s tiny traditional tiles or Oiko’s sustainable, textured tiles. Tangina’s new Diamond collection of tiles changes the plain square frame by skewing the inner square, and Cermica Sant’Agnostino’s Native Beige, which recalls a rustic look of Tuscan homes.
The show focused more on ceramic tile than anything else, but there were several interesting bathroom furnishings as well. A glimmering sink and shower, manufactured by Ambiance Bain, display a new type of glamour, while the sink from Florentine boasts a modern take on a historical design. Two tubs caught my eye—a luxurious black tub from Hydrocarbon with metallic gold accents, and a completely contrasting gray tub from Flamina with simple, modern lines.
Italy’s beautiful tiles of course come from a country of beautiful landscapes and good earth. On a free afternoon, I found myself face to face with one of these inspirations—the Basilica of San Luca. Simply put, the view explains quite a lot about where these designers and manufacturers find their inspiration.