In less than 3 weeks I’m off to Cersaie the International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings in Bologna (24-28 September). I’ve never been before and I’m a little bit excited, to be honest. Why? Well, I’m hoping it’s going to be a great opportunity to geek out about tiles, as well as faucets and bathroom fittings. As if I haven’t talked enough about bathrooms lately here on the blog, sorry. BUT I thought I’d give you a “from the horse’s mouth” account of what the Italian producers are forecasting. If I’m boring you silly on the topic of bathrooms, a gentle nudge is all I need via a DM. This will be the 36th edition of the show and I’m travelling with a couple of veterans of this particular trade show so I’m not having to learn the ropes on the ground solo. It doesn’t mean I can skimp on the research though.
One of the manufacturers I’m looking forward to seeing at Cersaie is pba who produce the Programma Cap range of bathroom fittings which allows designers to create bathrooms for everybody. It fits in nicely with the move towards lifetime homes and the wellness trend that is sweeping through bathroom design. Products in the range include drop-down support rails and shower seats which fold away into the wall when not in use. Plus they are mostly unobtrusive and stylish to boot.
The masters of small home maximisation Scavolini will be showing their bathroom range, you might recall I wrote about their hidden kitchen shown at this years Salone del Mobile. From the press release from Scavolini, they’ll be previewing their latest gym in your own bathroom concept. Personally, not sure about slipping over while doing burpees or pull-ups though, so hopefully there is an equally slip-resistant tile to go with it. Otherwise, it could lead to some interesting questions at A&E.
I’m intrigued to see how this bathroom trade show will differ from the others I have attended this year especial KBIS and Bagno at Salone del Mobile. Will there be differences in shapes, finishes and colour in the products? I’ll be sharing lots on Instagram stories while I’m there.
This is the fourth year of the partnership between Cersaie and Bologna Design Week, to celebrate design in the historic centre of Bologna – a city I haven’t visited. For five days there will be previews, exhibitions, workshops and guided tours within the “old town” in historic buildings, art galleries, deconsecrated churches, and of course showrooms. I hope I have time to squeeze in some of these. Especially as on Wednesday 26 September, the whole place will open until midnight for Design Night – sounds very much like how Milan likes to party during Milan Design Week.
Elena Vai, creative director of Bologna Design Week, notes that “this annual event promotes the culture of the project and takes stock of the role of design as a tool for innovation in the continuous cultural, sustainable, participatory change of the city”, sounds like they have big plans for the week. And I for one can’t wait to see what they have to offer and maybe a Negroni or two, just to get into the spirit of things you understand.
Photographs courtesy of Cersaie, pba and Scavolini.