Running between 23-27 September 2019, this year’s Cersaie in Bologna recorded a total of 112,340 visitors from all over the world despite the challenges currently facing international markets. The visitors flocked to Bologna to see the many interesting innovations manufacturers have been able to offer across surfaces, ceramics, bathroom furnishings, wallpapers, wood and marble.
Here are five important design trends from the show:
Trend #1. Colour
The exuberant colour trend that has erupted into bathroom design shows no sign of going away, with bold wall tiles and panels proving an impactful way for consumers to incorporate vibrance and individuality into bathroom schemes. The Francesco De Maio stand was a riot of colour at the show – the brand has reissued the Blu Ponti majolica tile that was designed by Gio Ponti in the 1960s. Ornamenta Ceramics was also showcasing a broad selection of its brand-new colourful decorative slabs.
Trend #2. Blurring the boundaries
Incorporating furniture into the bathroom that is conventionally expected to belong elsewhere in the living space was also in evidence.
“The blurred boundary between the bathroom and the rest of the home is currently setting the trend agenda and we wanted to address this at Cersaie,”
Vittorio Naldi, branch manager for Scavolini UK.
The company was showcasing Rivo collection among other products.
Trend #3. Ageless design
The demand for sleek accessible products that don’t look out of place in any contemporary bathroom design is set to grow in line with the ageing population and the trend for multi-generational living. PBA Spa’s Design For All collection was on display, including its drop-down support handrails and seats that fold away up into the wall out of sight until needed.
Trend #4. Botanicals
The trend for lush botanical designs on tiles and wallpaper continues as consumers become increasingly bold with their bathroom decor choices. The Amazonia tile collection from CTD Architectural Tiles features nature-inspired designs on square and hexagonal tiles in five colour tones that can be easily combined with each other.
Devon & Devon was also exhibiting its botanical ceramic decor slabs, which have large dimensions to minimise tile joints – pictured here is the Acanthus design in Golden Pink.
Trend #5. Light and Shadow
Raised 3D tile collections with areas that catch light and create shadow were also in evidence, with Wow Design’s new Elle mix tile, which has 16 different colours randomly mixed in a box, from its Boho collection attracting a lot of attention. Also shown here is the company’s Hexa tile from its Wow Collection of ‘unexpected surfaces’, which comes in four different shades.