Top tile trends from Cersaie 2015

By Tal | 2015-12-04

The 32nd edition of Cersaie - the International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings - which ran from 28 September to 2 October in Bologna, proved to be a treat for the senses, serving up a feast of pattern, colour, texture and geometry.

In this blog post, we will look at Architizer’s take on the biggest trends to come out Cersaie 2015. Architizer is one of the US’s leading digital resources for architects.

Architizer’s Cersaie 2015 Trend Round Up  

According to Architizer, recurring themes were aplenty at the 2015 edition of Cersaie. Architizer notes that if one had to sum up the majority of the tile trends observed at Cersaie 2015 in just a few words, it would be ‘what is old is new, again’ with ‘new twists’ as a close second.

In either case, Architizer says that there were beautiful and innovative products to behold in just about every exhibit at Cersaie 2015, proving once more how far the tile manufacturing industry has come, both in its processes and technologies. Architizer’s pick of the top trends to come out of Cersaie 2015? Wood-, brick-, cement- and concrete-look tiles. Let’s take a look at each of these trends from the perspective of Architizer.

Wood-look tiles

The ‘faux bois' bandwagon of the tile industry started out with manufacturers just trying to flawlessly emulate woodgrain using inkjet printing. Then came the addition of texture to make these ceramic products appear — and feel — even more lifelike. In the last couple years, this realism has been achieved by a number of companies, leading them to ask “what else” could be done in wood simulation. At this year’s Cersaie, the answer for most of them turned out to be recreating weathered, distressed, reclaimed, and, even, painted and patterned woods.


Brick-look tiles  

Painted and distressed brick motifs appeared in several of the major Italian brands’ booths almost as frequently as the wood-look. Some were painted and even graffiti- or mural-emblazoned, while others had a reclaimed, industrial appearance evoking the exposed-brick walls often found lying behind drywall of urban buildings.


Concrete- and cement-look tiles

The trend toward emulating concrete and cement in porcelain stoneware doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone in the architecture and design community, given concrete’s overall popularity in the built environment - this, according to Architizer.

Many of the Italian tile houses at Cersaie 2015 displayed styles that ranged from the polished variety to the freshly troweled look - all of which proved to inject a bit of ‘urbanism’ into both commercial and residential settings.

Read Architizer’s full report on Cersaie 2015 for more detail: Part One and Part Two. If this TAL Talk blog post interested you, you may want to take a look at this blog post, which covers trends from Cersaie 2014


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