Directly from the over 600 exhibiting companies at the most important international trade fair in the sector, the unmissable Cersaie in Bologna, which turns 40.
Ceramics goes beyond the concept of finishing. Innovation, technology and sustainability were the main themes of Cersaie 2023. From the bathroom to the kitchen, from intelligent surfaces to antibacterial ones, ceramic was shown in all its ductile and creative aspects. The tile is no longer an industrial product but presents itself as a design solution in its own right.
Among the design projects we cannot fail to mention Diamond: a project born from the collaboration with the Zaha Hadid Architects studio and Atlas Concorde which was created as a decoration to embellish the Marvel Meraviglia collection.
Lea Ceramiche shows off Segni su Pigmenti in collaboration with Ferruccio Laviani. The starting point is the Pigmenti collection on which graphics are drawn consisting of lines and strokes in relief.
Speaking of innovation, a big news concerns the kitchen. ABK presented invisible induction hobs. Invisible because when it is turned off the hob cannot be seen.
What is induction
Induction occurs when a magnetic field comes into contact with a metal container. The induction hob detects a metal container and heats it, cooking its contents.
The advantages of the invisible induction hob
The undoubted advantage is the possibility of making the most of the worktop space which remains free and is not occupied by the hob when it is turned off. The plan is visible only when needed. Through a light incision with micro-sandblasting, the cooking zones are drawn on the surface, without affecting the resistance and non-absorbency qualities of the synthesised slabs.
Characteristics of the plates
The slabs used are synthesised in porcelain stoneware with a thickness of 20 mm. They are perfect for both domestic and professional applications, they resist stains, scratches and even blades.
Prepare food directly on the surface.
The materials, completely waterproof and porosity-free, are highly hygienic and resistant, they are not afraid of high and low temperatures. In the image, taken during a live demonstration at Cersaie, the chef cooks with an open flame directly on the slab without any damage.
Smart technology applied to hobs
The ABK hob is also smart and connected! By downloading the free app you can control and manage the system. And if that wasn’t enough, the technology also includes a remote control supplied.
The latest in colour
The colours of the earth, with warm and enveloping tones, were omnipresent in the company presentations. Abandon greys and cold colours in favour of more defined colours. From collections that evoke clay, such as Rayclay by Ceramiche Supergres and Heritage by Keope, to the most disparate parquet floors in warm tones.
Porcelain stoneware but not only
Gypsum’s creations are material and three-dimensional and are made of an unusual material such as concrete, sometimes with a specially carved contrasting escape space. Also always present are ceramics with an artisanal appearance, which follow the Italian tradition of ceramics.
The small size is back
Together with the ever-increasing diffusion of very large slabs, small formats are returning, enamelled or with natural finishes, square and rectangular or with more particular formats. It plays on the contrast between glossy and opaque, the combination of different textures within one square metre, and experiments with color and format are noted.
Surfaces become three-dimensional
It is also up to Atlas Concorde to present a new three-dimensional product, Bloom, which presents a delicate relief but which is perceived through the play of light.
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