Italians do it better

Especially when the 'it' refers to Cersaie: the foremost international exhibition of tiles and bathroom furnishings. This year’s edition, held from 24–28 September in Bologna, will again be the go-to event for architects and designers looking to discover the latest global trends in ceramic and other surfaces coverings.

The fair also offers its over 100,000 visitors an extensive programme, which includes conferences, seminars and workshops on the theme of, "building, dwelling, thinking". Attending this year are prominent guests such as keynote speaker Richard Rogers, Camilo Rebelo, Carla Juaçaba, Mario Botta, and Guido Canali among others.

Off-fair inspiration awaits with a trip back to the future, or rather back to the aesthetics of Futurism, at Fondazione Massimo e Sonia Cirulli’s ‘Universo Futurista’ exhibition, featuring over 200 artworks made by Italian futurists between 1909 and the late 1930s.


Portuguese architect Camilo Rebelo to be guest speaker at Cersaie 2018
Now in its tenth edition, the “building, dwelling, thinking” cultural programme will once again host a wide range of events, including conferences given by internationally acclaimed architects and designers in the Architecture Gallery.
Portuguese architect Camilo Rebelo will be the first guest in the “building, dwelling, thinking” cultural programme of Cersaie 2018, where he will speak at a conference held in the Architecture Gallery on Wednesday, 26 September.

Born in Porto, 1972, Camilo Rebelo graduated in Architecture by the “Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto” (FAUP) in 1996. From 1994 to 1999 he collaborated with Eduardo Souto Moura and Herzog & de Meuron, and in 2000 he established his own office. Rebelo has been awarded several prizes, among them the Bauwelt Prize in 2013 and the Baku UIA International Award for the Ktima House in Greece (2017) in co-authorship with Susana Martins.
Barclay & Crousse and Vincenzo Latina discuss the architecture of tolerance at Cersaie 2018

The highly topical theme of the architecture of tolerance will be explored in a conference to be held during this year’s Cersaie. The event will take place on Thursday, 27 September in the Architecture Gallery as part of the 10th edition of Cersaie’s building, dwelling, thinking cultural programme.

The conference will discuss two projects created to commemorate dramatic periods in history through works of architecture that blend perfectly into the landscape, which in turn is respected by the architects and becomes an integral part of the narrative. 

The two locations – Lima and Lampedusa – begin with the same letter but are situated on opposite sides of the world. 

Architects Sandra Barclay, Jean Pierre Crousse and Vincenzo Latina will be taking part in the conference entitled the Architecture of tolerance, moderated by Fulvio Irace.
Brazilian architect Carla Juaçaba to take part in Cersaie 2018

Five years after first taking part in Cersaie in 2013, Brazilian architect Carla Juaçaba is returning to the show as part of the “building dwelling thinking” cultural programme for a conference introduced by architecture historian Francesco Dal Co to be held at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, 26 September in the Architecture Gallery. 

Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1976, Carla Juaçaba started up her own practice in 2000. In 2013 she won the inaugural international ArcVision Women and Architecture prize. Her practice is currently involved in public and private projects for housing and cultural programmes. She has a special interest in the poetry and expressive potential of tectonics and explores the concept of place in terms of cultural continuity and phenomenological perception. 

Together with another nine international architects including Norman Foster and Eduardo Souto de Moura, Carla Juaçaba recently took part in Vatican Chapels, the pavilion curated by Francesco Dal Co on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore in the Venetian lagoon on behalf of the Pontifical Council for Culture.
The Dekton Industrial Collection
This innovative Industrial series by Dekton is inspired by the beauty in the imperfections of metals and stone in their different stages of ageing. This organic process is the result of the oxidation and maturation of the stone, providing an original design in each of the pieces in this series. The industrial trend which combines nature with functionality is the basis of all textures and design in the latest Dekton collection. The Industrial Collection is unique and will help create a bold and personalised space, both in interior and exterior projects.
Dialogue between architects at Cersaie 2018:
Mario Botta and Guido Canali discuss architectural projects

At Cersaie, the two renowned architects Mario Botta and Guido Canali will discuss the theme of architectural projects with moderator Fulvio Irace. The event is held on Thursday, 27 September in the Architecture Gallery.

Mario Botta (Mendrisio 1943) began his career with the construction of single-family houses in Canton Ticino, then went on to design many different types of buildings including schools, banks, administrative centres, libraries, museums and places of worship. His works include among others MOMA museum of modern art in San Francisco; the Cymbalista Synagogue and Jewish Heritage Centre in Tel Aviv; and the Kyobo Tower in Seoul.

Guido Canali (Parma 1935) is an award-winning architect with a studio in Parma and branches in Siena and Munich. During his career, he has worked on both living spaces (such as residential complexes based on the “Po Valley house” model in Parma, Reggio Emilia, Sassuolo and Noceto) and workplaces. He designed among others the Pinko headquarters in Fidenza and the brand new Prada factory in Valvigna. The “garden factory” with rooftop plants and trees, terraces and internal gardens is a distinctive feature of his architecture.
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