Surface – Design went on the tiles at Cersaie 2018, the most influential international fairs for ceramic, bathroom design. We selected 7 innovative surfaces and projects on show including a set of accessories created starting from wall covering, textile-like pixelated patterns and nano technology powered surfaces.
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Biscuit-inspired surfaces by 41zero42
41042, is the ZIP code of Fiorano Modenese, an industrious city not far from Bologna and the heart of the Italian tile-business, here the 41zero42 experiments with patterns and surface design. At Cersaie 2018, the hip studio launched three new collections including Biscuit: thanks to six, opaque, gentle, geometrical and three-dimensional design, small wall tiles bring spaces to life creating a soft play of light and shadow. Available in two basic colours, white and earth brown, Biscuit “is capable of astounding you by the simplicity of its elements.”
Surface design accessories by Mutina
Generally designers create a collection and then shoot it with a background that highlights it. What if the background inspired the collection? Mutina presented Accents, a totally new project, created in collaboration with the Copenhagen-based architectural firm OEO Studio. “The Accents project aims to redefine the approach to interior design starting from surfaces,” and includes versatile furnishing accessories such as mirrors, cabinets, shelves, clothes hooks and towel rails as well as architectural elements including panelling, skirting boards and space-dividing elements.
Textile inspired surfaces by FAP Ceramiche
Ceramic becomes like a texture in PAT, the latest collection of FAP Ceramiche. The series highlights a tactile feeling thanks to a refined pattern creating a pixelated tight weave. PAT comes in a wide range of pastel colours ranging from sky to Ecru, beige and grey as well as in two darker textures.
Augmented surfaces by Mutaforma
Italian brand Mutaforma applies nanotechnologies to glass to create augmented and high-customizable surfaces and mosaics. Nanotechnologies can alter the colour and the optical properties of the material, the result is a smart, composite and stratified material for innovative architecture and design. At Cersaie 2018, Mutaforma – which means shapeshifter in Italian – has launched an ultra pop collection with an installation inspired by SUPER, the latest album of British iconic group Pet Shop Boys.
Oversized and super thin slabs by Ceramiche Keope
Ceramiche Keope presents PLUS, a collection of oversized porcelain stoneware slabs capturing the the beauty of stone, the elegance of marble, the warmth of wood and the urban appeal of concrete and resin. Measuring up to 120×278 with a thickness of just 6 mm, the pieces are designed and engineered for both residential and commercial projects and, in particular, for those environments where the boundary between interiors and exteriors disappears.
Vintage mood by Marazzi
From antique mosaics, to azulejos and tiles with iconic XX Century patterns, the established vintage trend conquers the bathroom as well. The D_Segni collection by Marazzi can prove it. The series uses a mix of inputs in a 20×20 cm stoneware reinterpretation of Italy’s traditional hand-made cement tiles. 7 warm and cool colours and 19 different designs create surfaces and coverings bringing a distinctively graphic and cozy mood in the most intimate room of the house.
Surface shelving system by Ceramiche Coem
With the SHELF project for Ceramiche Coem, Paolo Benevelli transformed wall covering into a shelving system. The full-body porcelain stoneware is processed to obtain L-shaped tiles which can be nested on the wall to create bookcases, bookshelves, display shelves and support surfaces for any setting. “Usually tiles never go beyond their traditional function in terms of cladding; for me however, it was fundamental to get out of the usual thinking and give a new purpose to this material,” explains the designer.