Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza

Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza


When designers and artists face ceramics

23 September - 9 October 2016

The International Museum of ceramics in Faenza, in connection with two of the main Italian fairs devoted to ceramics, the Cersaie in Bologna and  Tecnargilla in Rimini, will expose the works by four well-known marks of the ceramic industry: CEDIT -  “Ceramiche d'Italia” of the Florim group, Lea Ceramiche, Mutina and Sant’Agostino ceramics. The four groups have carried on investments on products created by international famous designers.  “Art surfaces”  will be presented at MIC Faenza from 23rd   September to 9th October  2016 with the best productions by CEDIT -  “Ceramiche d'Italia” of the Florim group, with the works by Barbara Brondi & Marco Rainò, Marco Casamonti, Giorgio Griffa, Franco Guerzoni, Matteo Nunziati, Giorgia Zanellato&Daniele Bortotto;  “Lea Ceramiche” with Diego Grandi and Patrick Norguet;  Mutina with Barber&Osgerby, Ronan&Erwan Bouroullec, Raw Edges, Patricia Urquiola, Tokujin Yoshioka and Sant’Agostino Ceramics with Philippe Starck.

It is an opportunity to admire the excellences of the industrial ceramics international design at MIC Faenza.


“Every time the design is taken into consideration in the industrial field, the connection is with the Italian production – Eugenio Emiliani, President of the MIC Faenza foundation comments – even if Italy year after year has reduced its production, it has always tried to maintain or improve the quality of the products, often determining the collaboration with designers and artists. The evolution of technology toward the great dimensions and the great slabs has offered to the plants, which were ready to make investments, the instruments to increase their position in the international markets, through the researches on products, both on technological and aesthetic point of view. In Faenza we are going to exhibit some of these projects carried on in collaboration with important international designers, to show the highest level of the national contemporary production and the future possibilities for architectural ceramics”.



CEDIT -  Italian Ceramics of the Florim group, has been for more than fifty years  a synonymous of experimentation on materials and styles in the ceramic field. The plant has become a protagonist again thanks to a new production made in collaboration with some of the most important protagonists of the Italian contemporary creativity. It offers an experience among textiles, symbols, erosions, different materials and past skills, through the gaze and creativity of artists and designers who are Italian excellences in the world, belonging to different generations. Their different artistic visions come out in a personal way, renovating the idea of architectural space, the suggestion of place and space and way of living.   In Faenza the audience can admire the project by Barbara Brondi & Marco Rainò | BRH+, Marco Casamonti | Archea Associati, Giorgio Griffa, Franco Guerzoni, Matteo Nunziati, Giorgia Zanellato & Daniele Bortotto | Studio Zanellato Bortotto, already shown at “Fuorisalone” in Milan.


Mutina, in 2005 started a new project: the author’s project. It means the design studio that join technology and hand made work, new experimentations which represent challengers in exceeding the limits of the materials, the necessary research that lead to the high quality of the final product. This attitude leads to a new way to consider ceramics, not as a simple covering but a project of interior designer. In Faenza Mutina will exhibit the works of some of its best designers: Barber & Osgerby, Ronan &Erwan Bouroullec, Raw Edges, Patricia Urquiola, Tokujin Yoshioka. Their joint challenger is experimenting the infinite possibility of the white, black and neutral colours. The lack of colour becomes tones to coordinate, match, contrast and choice as a total look. The work is the result of a continuous research. The goal is  testing which handmade and industrial procedures, coming from the most advanced technologies,  represent the most suitable to produce wall and floor ceramic coverings: covering the architecture as a second skin.


Lea Ceramiche staring from the 21st century  opened a collaboration with worldwide famous architects and designers, who demonstrated more and more clearly the great possibility of ceramics and porcelain stoneware. Their creativity together with their know-how  and the need of experimentation of the plant, offered a new interpretation of the ceramic production. In Faenza Lea Ceramiche will propose two designers recently in the spotlight: Patrick Norguet with the collection “Naive Slimtech”, inspired by an innovative technology which proposes a meeting between design and technology, handicraft and industry, porcelain stoneware and yin-glazes;

Diego Grandi, with Type 32 Slimtech, who last June he has been awarded with the “Gold Kompass” ADI 2016, the historical and authoritative acknowledgment for the international design, arisen from a Gio Ponti’s idea and now at its 24th edition. Through Type 32 Diego Grandi, reaches surprising results through a graphic game in  4 coloured variations that originate infinite possibilities and one unique and unusual  kind of decorated floor.


In closing Ceramica Sant’Agostino shows “Flexible Architecture” by Philippe Starck.

This project arises from Starck’s poetic vision of the origin of the ceramic product: «I have chosen to design a ceramic product  because I love the nice stories. I imagine the first man and the first woman who, through mixing some mud and water, later placed in the fire, in a kiln, suddenly they assisted to the miracle of this wonderful material taking shape.  It is fantastic because it is aristocratic, noble, because it is the history itself of mankind, because it is the intelligence…, the witness of mankind».

This consideration gave rise to a collection characterized by a strong and extremely innovative temper, able to establish a new vision in the ceramic background. It is a real revolution for the planning context and for the way to conceive the use of ceramics in architecture. The tile leaves its traditional function  as a simple part of a decorative covering, and establish itself as a integral part of the project. The fugue that until now had represented something to hidden and eliminate, has now a new, different, material connotation and transforms itself in a modular decorative element.


The exhibition has been arranged thanks to the fundamental contribution of Sacmi, in collaboration with Confindustria Ceramica, Cersaie, Acimac and Tecnargilla.




Technical form:

Title: Superfici d’autore (artistic surfaces)

Where: Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza, viale Baccarini 19, Faenza (RA)

When: 23rd September – 9th October 2016

Opening ceremony: 22nd September, 6 pm

Open hours: Tuesday  – Sunday:  10 am – 7 pm

ticket: 8 euro, reduced 5

Info: 0546 697311,