Creative interpretations and functionality: Cersaie trends

Ceramics and bathroom furnishings are veritable macrocosms, with hoards of continuously evolving furnishing products and solutions. Cersaie recounts changes in the sector at its exhibition area, brimming with all the latest technological innovations yielding improved performance in aesthetic and functional terms, research into materials and solutions for efficient interior design projects.

Porcelain stoneware has aroused considerable interest in the ceramics sector. Digital printing enables the reduction of natural materials, marble and wood in particular, and has been exploited to conceive imitation, high-performance cladding (robustness, sustainability, easy maintenance). These solutions transcend mimetics, offering veritable creative and experimental interpretations of natural surfaces such as marble, stone and wood, drawing inspiration from veining, shine and shades in an array of original reinterpretations.

New manufacturing technologies have enabled the production of much thinner tiles (lighter but extremely resistant), for small and oversize formats alike. Small size tiles have made a come-back, often in classic 20×20 format and combined with ampler modules, single colours or decorations derived from historical prototypes of historic architecture firms.

Furnishings, taps, fittings and fixtures are veritable protagonists of bathroom furnishings, where versatility and functionality prevail. Reduced interior spaces have resulted in a flourish of concrete proposals for the reduction of sink basin and fixture thickness, to guarantee comfort of use while reducing size and material consumption. Therefore there is particular focus on multi-functional elements and modularity. Ease of cleaning has also become an essential detail, inspiring suspended chests of drawers, antibacterial tops or surfaces resistant to scratches and aggressive detergents.

Taps and fittings are increasingly focused on a greater variety of finishings: brass, copper, nickel, bronze combined with high impact proposals, such as optical or primary colour variations. Shower cubicles feature evolved solutions for taps, fittings and door mechanisms.

Countless solutions, different styles and market segments, with one increasingly frequent common denominator: the study of low impact production chains combined with energy consumption containment systems, recycled or entirely recyclable materials.

Visit the gallery for an overview of all the latest innovations at Cersaie 2017 from Italian companies.