Posted in Bulgaria on Friday, 08 January 2016. Print

In Bologna’s Domain


Italian ceramics is extremely popular, reaching every corner in the home, every façade and swimming pool. Although it is still dominant, the bathroom is gradually giving way to open spaces in the home. Just like the kitchen it is overcoming its isolation and becoming part of the bedroom or even the living room. This now established tendency enriches the variety of ceramic tiles with new texture and decoration, meeting the needs of all spaces. What is typical this year is the more active introduction of geometrical patterns forming graphic raster where black and white prevail. It is obvious that the graphic simplicity is coming back ‘after the winter of its discontent’. Love for classic tiles remains strong and the ‘vintage’ tendency is to stay compulsory in the years to come. It is only natural that Italian tradition cannot do without marble but its effect is achieved through the use of technology and is enriched with decorative focal points and patterns, while the typical quadrangle of the ‘brick’ gained its volume through visual effects. Modern ceramics has long taken hold of the walls decorating them with ‘fabric’, wood, stone and even different types of metal. The perfect imitation has long overcome the cheap replicas which create the impression of kitsch. The worn-out effect and the opaque surfaces are again the most interesting elements. The ceramic surfaces are primarily in warm, neutral hues in beige and grey shades. The colour effects preserve their priority but this time they are more like a focal point – one wall or a floor element.Cersaie celebrated its 33rd anniversary in an appropriate way - breathing in new life in disused and left in ruin spaces by installing setting, using the interplay between colours and lines, turning everyday places into small museums. A world which combines wood, ceramics, designer and retro furniture in a harmonious manner. This can be seen in the Cer-Stile exhibition curated by Angelo Dall’Aglio and Davide Vercelli  - it suggests how to rediscover living and commercial buildings, which are considered old, by only one trip from the mountain to the seaside.



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