The 38th Cersaie in Bologna: It’s Back
The 38th Cersaie, an international exhibition devoted to ceramic tiles and bathroom fittings, took place in Bologna from 27 September until 1 October. According to the organizers, the fair wildly surpassed the expectations of everyone involved. The 623 exhibitors, but also the more than 62,000 visitors − around 56 % of the number from 2019 − were clearly happy to be able to meet in person again after missing a year thanks to coronavirus. The exhibition was graced by an inspiring diversity of products and innovations, such as tiles that are amazing copies of historical models or even wood-grain textures. The growing number of sintered large formats for inside and outdoors now available in nearly every conceivable design were a particular eye-catcher, as were textures reminiscent of woven drapery.
An Inspiring Diversity of Products
According to the event organizers, despite coronavirus this year’s fair again saw more than 24,000 specialist visitors from around the world. From exhibitors presenting their products over a total of 150,000 m2 in 15 fully-occupied halls on Bologna’s fairgrounds, 361 represented the ceramic tile industry, 87 showed bathroom fittings and 175 were from the areas of installation, raw materials, new surfaces and services. At the press conference, the exhibition operators expressly referred to the fair’s international profile, which was confirmed by the presence of 238 non-Italian exhibitors (38 % of the total number) from 28 different countries.
Featuring Renzo Piano and Shigeru Ban
Additional highlights over the five days of the Cersaie were the keynote lecture by Pritzker prizewinner Shigeru Ban. Moreover, the Contract Hall, which comprised ten individual cubes and was designed by Italian and European architecture studios, was an outstanding contribution. The G124 project initiated by Renzo Piano was also presented; it aims to redesign suburbs in collaboration with young architects.
Until 8 October, the Cersaie will continue virtually as an online product presentation platform and business matching service for exhibitors and visitors. And next year’s date has been set: they will all meet again in Bologna from 26 to 30 September 2022.