Cersaie, the world’s largest exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings, continues to grow in scope and size at the Bologna Fairgrounds in Italy. Last year’s 20th anniversary show broke all previous attendance records, registering an increase of 16.8 percent in foreign visitors. The 2003 event, scheduled to take place Sept. 30 through Oct. 5, will present the newest products of 1,061 exhibitors from 30 countries. This year, nearly 100,000 buyers are expected to attend the show, which highlights the latest in ceramic tile fashion and design.
Cersaie 2003 will include a design symposium entitled Markitecture -- Value in Architecture, organized in conjunction with SAIE, the international exhibition of building technology that takes place in Bologna, Oct. 15 through 19. Markitecture will explore the connection between Bologna as a cultural center for architecture and design and the Bologna Fairgrounds as a center for commercial and professional innovation in the world of construction. The central exhibition, Architetture e Culture, will feature the work of leading international designers over the past 30 years, with particular attention paid to the design of museums, libraries and cultural institutions.
A sister exhibit entitled Aria Acqua Fuoco Terra (Air, Water, Fire, and Earth), by curator Vittoria Coen of the International Ceramic Museum in Faenza, will highlight the work of artists from the 20th century avant-garde to today, including Fausto Melotti, Lucio Fontana, Arman, and Ontani
Also planned is an exhibit at the Galleria di Arte Moderna of student work from the Domus Academy Exercises in Architecture Seminar, which grew out of last year’s Involucri project. The exhibition, organized by Assopiastrelle and Domus Academy, will feature 17 of the finest projects generated by the 52 progressive, young architects and designers who participated in the seminar.
Under the guidance of some of the most highly regarded figures in contemporary architecture and design -- including Massimo Iosa Ghini, Hani Rashid, Andrea Branzi, Dante Donegani, and Giovanni Lauda -- these projects highlight not only the aesthetic and structural function of tile, but also the innovative role tile can play in urban design and residential remodeling as well as the relationship between public and domestic spaces.
Internationally renowned designer Denis Santachiara joins Ettore Sottsass (2000), Alessandro Mendini (2001), and Massimo Iosa Ghini (2002) in the roster of design luminaries who have lent their unique vision to the show with the creation of the Cersaie poster. The 2003 poster embraces Cersaie’s philosophy of marrying traditionalism with cutting-edge design.
Pictured below is a sampling of some of the products that will take the spotlight in Bologna. To obtain more information on Cersaie 2003, visit www.cersaie.it or www.italiatiles.com on the Internet.