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CERSAIE 2016

THE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF CERAMIC TILES AND BATHROOM FURNISHINGS

The entire 156,000 sqm of CERSAIE‘s exhibition area has already been sold out 3 months before the event. A concrete testimony to the worldwide interest in the international exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings, held every year in Bologna, expressed by local and international exhibitors from all five continents” – stated Emilio Mussini, President of the Promotional Activities and Fairs Commission for the 34th CERSAIE edition.

The ceramics sector has 16 pavilions, while the multifarious bathroom furnishings sector occupies 4 pavilions, thus testifying to a truly representative event which will enable the visitor to view the most innovative proposals of manufacturers from both Italy and abroad.

The continued popularity of natural wood parquet and marble is confirmed – for the third year running – by Pavilion 22, which showcases these complementary materials for both walls and flooring that praised a huge success in previous years.

There are many reasons for this success. next to CERSAIE’s particular vocation as the trade fair for worldwide distributors – and in which it has no peers in the coverings and bathroom furnishings industries anywhere in the world – we must also consider its thematic areas, such as the ‘galleria dell’architettura’ (architecture gallery) and the ‘Città della Posa’ (laying city), not to forget the ‘Agorà dei Media’ (press arena) for press professionals, which determines how the contents presented in these areas are presented and publicised. this huge range of dedicated areas, in this 34th edition of the exhibition, is complemented by the ‘Cafè della Stampa’ (press cafés), designed by designers from the various publications to be meeting places in which participants can come together to discuss the many topical and innovative presentations showcased by CERSAIE.

CERSAIE announces the fifth edition of “CERSAIE disegna la tua casa” (CERSAIE designs your home)

On Thursday 29 and Friday 30 September, in the service centre of the “Agorà dei Media” (press arena), it will be held “CERSAIE disegna la tua casa”, the event during which designers from the most important Italian interior design publications will offer their consultancy free of charge to visitors interested in refurbishing their homes or buying new ones.

After a successful début in 2012 and increasing popularity in the years since then, this year’s event will showcase 18 participating publications.

“CERSAIE disegna la tua casa” will also be recruiting the advice of a selection of participants at the exhibition itself, drawn from both the ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings sectors. 23 companies have confirmed their participation and will be showcasing their new products and systems at their stands and during the 2 days of the event itself.

Publicity for the event will involve TV, radio, daily newspapers, periodicals and websites to inform the public about the participating publications and companies. there will also be a dedicated information system aimed at getting the public involved once they are at the exhibition, and guiding them to the location of the event.

“10 on 10: ten fosters and ten others” the lecture by Norman Foster at CERSAIE 2016

photo © Manolo Yllera

The eagerly-anticipated meeting with the renowned British architect, 1999 Pritzker Prize Winner, will be held on Tuesday 27 September at 11.00 am.

Entitled “10 on 10: ten fosters and ten others”, the lecture will be held inside Palazzo dei Congressi at Bologna Exhibition Centre at 11.00 a.m. on September 27th and will be introduced by architecture historian Francesco Dal Co. During the lecture, Lord Foster will discuss 10 projects of his own and 10 carried out by other architects who have influenced him during his extraordinary career.

“I can’t describe my style […] because there isn’t a style, because no two projects are the same,” Foster said during an interview at the 2012 Biennale. “We don’t have a formula, we have a belief in research, we have a belief in human needs. We have a belief that every project is starting from a clean sheet of paper, even though we build up layers of experience. My inspirations? impossible to name, too many. I’m inspired by the work of any architect who produces good buildings […]. I’m inspired by the work of engineers, I’m inspired by aircraft, I’m inspired by poetry, by paintings… the list of inspirations is endless and changes all the time. I think that architecture is a response to human needs […]. The power of architecture is that everything that we experience is designed […] and affects the quality of our lives because we live in a world which we create.”

Norman Foster recently set up the Norman Foster Foundation to promote research and help younger generation of architects, designers and urban planners prepare for the future. The foundation’s first project, a life-size prototype of a brick drone port, was presented at the Architecture Biennale in Venice. The project aims to create a network of drone ports by 2030 for the purpose of delivering medicines and essential supplies to remote locations in developing countries.

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