Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza

Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza

Art Surfaces: when designers face ceramics

From 21st September to 7th October, the productions by six well known marks of ceramic surfaces created by famous designers are on show

Art Surfaces: when designers face ceramics
Friday 21 September 2018

On the occasion of the two most important fair devoted to ceramics in Italy, CERSAIE in Bologna and TECNARGILLA in Rimini, the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza exposes the works by six famous marks of the ceramic industry. They decided to invest in the production of surfaces created by internationally renowned designers, together with the winners of Tecnargilla Design award (TDA), the competition arranged by Tecnargilla, awarding the latest technological innovations, the materials and the finishes of surfaces, finalized to the production of ceramic tiles.

Together with the Awards, the MIC exposes the best productions of CEDIT -  Italian ceramics of the  group Florim, with the creations by Formafantasma, Zaven and by the brothers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni; Diesel Living with Iris Ceramica; Gigacer with the project "Les Couleurs Le Corbusier"; Lea Ceramiche with Fabio Novembre and Philippe Nigro; Marazzi with Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel; to conclude with Mutina with Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Hella Jongerius, Raw Edges, Patricia Urquiola.

CEDIT – “Ceramiche d'Italia” presents the collection "CROMATICA" designed by Studio Formafantasma, focused on the possibility of the colour in the contemporary ceramic industrial production. The collection is made up of 6 nuances on two surfaces (mat and shiny) and different formats. Studio Formafantasma developed the study on colours starting from a research that also involved the archives CEDIT, finding inspiration, among the others, in a wide range of glazes designed for them by Ettore Sottsass at the end of the last century. “RILIEVI” designed by Zaven is the new collection of coverings for the interior design characterized by a strong aesthetic impact (presented in a preview during the Fuorisalone 2018). It breaks the traditional schemes of ceramics: three-dimensional elements with geometries and different colours, decorate the large-sized slabs CEDIT, transforming walls and spaces in real scenographic compositions.  Moreover, fifty years after the first planning collaboration with Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, the mark proposes again a careful edition of the vase “LAPIS” (designed in 1968) in the three original formats, characterized by a renowned chromatic palette, strongly inspired to the original.

Diesel Living with Iris Ceramica. From the partnership between Iris Ceramica and Diesel Living, that since their first meeting in the Summer 2016 has stimulated both the brands, new made in Italy design icons arose.  Mood and innovative design that complete the idea of house Diesel Living, an open project only for the great marks of furniture, enlightening, objects and textiles made in Italy, now enriched by Iris Ceramics.

Gigacer is one of the leader in the production of large-sized slabs in porcelain stoneware, formats 120x250 and 120x120 cm. From its foundation, Gigacer stood out as a modern firm, producing highly elevated technical products, characterized by high quality and innovative design.  On the occasion of the Forniture saloon 2018, Gigacer presented LCS Ceramics, the colour system in porcelain-stoneware based on the “Polychromie architecturale” by Le Corbusier, exclusively made by Gigacer and Les Couleurs Le Corbusier Foundation. The idea of using the colours, developed by the master and father of the modern architecture, is now exhibited in Faenza.

Lea Ceramics proposes the works made in collaboration with the designers Philippe Nigro and Fabio Novembre. “FILIGRANE” by Philippe Nigro is a project that analyses our perception of natural material and its imitation through the reproduction on ceramics. “Filigrane” proposes to play with the illusion and use the high technology of the ceramic manufacturing as an opportunity to create a “neutral” material, a surface only possible thanks to these new production technologies. “CONCRETO” by Fabio Novembre deepens the subject of the concrete, thanks to a hyper-realistic representation of the concrete surfaces. A conceptual procedure that has been originated by an aesthetical and material research, in order to capture the greatest amount of details of the material, overcoming the same objective reality, upsetting and underlying it. The different textures and colours of the concrete become the bases for the collection, reflecting five tones: extra light, light, medium, dark and rust. They re-propose the effects of the material thanks to the technology of the laminated porcelain-stoneware.

Marazzi proposes the collection ‘Grand Carpet’, by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel, that comes from the collaboration between the firm and the architect, following a project “site specific” made for the Courtyard of the Pharmacy of the State University in Milan. Small pixel, more or less densely coloured, on porcelain-stoneware slabs, 20x240 cm, create a unique, large  pattern, repeated infinite times, always different, producing a decoration on an enormous scale that doesn’t prevail on the material. “We decided to research, in the oriental decorative tradition, a decorative subject that evaluated the small format of the slab and the warm nature of the ceramic paste”, the designers said. “Gran Carpet contaminates the drawing of the oriental carpet, in particular the Kolam pattern, an ephemeral decoration for floors made with the rice, but also the Mehindi, the temporary tattoo of the Indian ritual. So it is able to overcome the paradox that the decoration often faces architecture, that is being neutral, but reinforcing the project aim, giving identity to the space”.

Mutina shows the collaboration with the designers Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Hella Jongerius, Raw Edges, Patricia Urquiola. The basilar principle of Mutina is to bridge a gap, educate, face the design and the ceramic surfaces for the first time and, to do that, it involved inside its project several designers. They shared with the firm the same passions and an approach to the product that is unique. It is founded on an endless research and a great sensibility for the material, the textures and the colours.  

The 2018 edition of “Art surfaces” shows “PIANO” design Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec: an endless series of casual combinations that give to the surface a vibrant effect, thanks to the combination of two formats and different shadows. The collection is made up of six references on different coloured bases,  over these, stripes of different sizes, made of a thick glaze, are applied.

 “DIARAMA” design Hella Jongerius, is the first collection by Mutina in collaboration with Hella Jongerius, that is part of the research on colours, materials and textures, that the designer has been analysing since a very long time, obtaining always news and original results. It is originated by the will to create a collection characterized by wide ranges of colours that emerge in a natural and casual way, through the stratification of the colours, as it happens for the painting. the final result, in this way, is always different, depending on the combination between paste and glaze. In the centre, a stripe of coloured, unglazed clay, represents a contrast with the whole shiny surface.

 “COVER” design Patricia Urquiola, is one of the first experiments of Mutina and Patricia Urquiola on large sized slabs. The collection is originated by an experimental project based on the last generation technology “Continua Plus”. The ceramic material, enriched by a mixture of micro-grains melt in a unique paste, constitutes the base for some patterns in a coloured serigraphy, characterized by irregular graphics that are figurative and geometrical.

“FOLDED XL” and “TAPE” design Raw Edge. “Folded XL” proposes again the effect of the bended paper of the namesake collection, but on a large size that allows to avoid the grout lines: in this way the surface is characterized by an uninterrupted drawing. “Folded XL is “pure material” pressed in a ceramic plant of last generation. It allows, for the first time , to create relief structures on large sized slabs. “Tape” is made up of coloured graphics that are placed on two base of unique colour, one white and one black, creating different atmospheres in a unique set and allowing a smooth movement from one pattern to the other. The product is made of a first basilar light graphic, almost slight, it recalls the effect of the plaster of the “carreaux-ciments” and of a range of graphics that constitutes the 8 different patterns, all created in the 5 tones characterizing the collection.

To conclude, the “Tecnargilla Design Award” will be presented in the exhibition.  Design Award (TDA) is the competition created by Tecnargilla to award the latest technological innovations, the materials and the refinements of the surfaces of the ceramic tiles production. Started in 2010, it offers to paint factories, designer studios and  suppliers of technology, the possibility to present original creations, able to communicate new expressive languages, stimulus for the global market of ceramics. In the five edition of Tecnargilla Design Award, more and more sophisticated designs have been presented, they have been created thanks to performative technologies, colours and refinements. It confirms the central role of the suppliers in the ceramic industry, for the creation of high added value products.

On 21st September, at 5.30 pm, conference of Professor Thomas Luippold, President of the Board

Les Couleurs Suisse “The “polychromie architecturale” by Le Corbusier applied to ceramics” - English language conference valid for the professional training credits, for architects.

(Event under the patronage of Ordine degli architetti della provincia di Ravenna)


The exhibition has been arranged thanks to the support of Acimac, Sacmi  and the collaboration of Cersaie and Tecnargilla.

Media-partner: Ceramic World Review, Cer, the ceramic magazine and Materiali Casa


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