Trends in Ceramics at CERSAIE 2013 (Bologna, Italy)

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Larger, thinner, and lighter. Textured, patterned, and combined. The overwhelming feeling from this year’s edition of CERSAIE Bologna was that the ceramics industry is successfully launching this versatile material into place as a sustainable, cost-effective, technologically superior, and aesthetically pliable substitute for many other traditional building materials.

I spent about 6 hours this past Tuesday winding my way through the sea of ceramics at this International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings. It is one of the largest of its kind, and most certainly the most important in Italy, with over 900 exhibitors from 33 countries. Over half of the stands are dedicated to ceramic tiles of all shapes, sizes, and technologies, while the remaining exhibitors are in the bathroom business.

CERSAIE is traditionally the place where the Italian ceramic industry leaders show their stuff, often unveiling new products for the first time. I unfortunately only had one day…

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