After the pasta, gelato, and romantic views, Italy’s other specialty—ceramic tile—displays the innovation and artistic beauty the country is known for. Last week at Cersaie, the International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings, I had the opportunity to explore a show floor packed with the newest advancements and artistic ideas in the industry. The offerings moved beyond the traditional, revealing just emerging trends, new twists on ancient designs, and more realistic imitation wood and handmade tiles.
Here’s a sneak peak of a few of the products I loved, with more to come in HD’s December issue.
ABK captures the beauty of slate in its Fluido collection, which uses less raw materials for a more eco-friendly design.
Del Conca’s Lupin collection uses Japanese manga for a selection of quirky characters and the hints of a story line.
Sottobosco Underbush + Intarsio, a mosaic tile from Cottobosco, recalls Italian artisan work.
Native Beige from Ceramica Sant’Agnostino echoes the rustic look of Tuscan homes in a neutral palette.