New York, N.Y.—This year’s edition of Cersaie featured exuberant colors, intricate patterns and tactile surfaces, collaborations with designers like Paola Navone, Elena Salmistraro and Ferrucio Laviani and ceramic experimentation was at an all-time high, according to Ceramics of Italy.
Following is the 2021 Fall-Winter tile trend report from Ceramics of Italy.
Pastels could be found in nearly every booth with colors like sage, mint, rose and sky blue, which can add a soothing and organic effect to interiors. It also fits into larger color trends in the industry as companies like Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams announced their Color of the Year as October Mist and Evergreen Fog, respectively.
From rounded edges that simulate ancient stone to three-dimensional finishes and low relief that add depth and structure, Italian manufacturers have invested heavily in new technologies this past year to create ceramic and porcelain tiles that break through the third dimension.
In the 17th century, the Baroque style dominated European art and architecture. Many Italian manufacturers are producing dramatic marble looks with striking colors and heavy veining while a few offer luxurious tiles with gold detailing and reflective surfaces.
This season, some companies conjured the look of luxurious floors that can be found in Palladian villas or Dutch houses built centuries ago. Meanwhile others added a modern twist to ceramic traditions from maiolica in patchwork compositions to mid-century patterns with slip-resistant finishes.
Many manufacturers offer large portfolios of patterns to choose from. At this year’s show, large florals and historical patterns like toile, chinoiserie and damask were very popular while Italian manufacturers continue to experiment with marble looks, offering stunning visual effects like book-matching and veins that continue across multiple slabs.