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The Best of #Cersaie2016

Erin Tallman

The 34th edition of Cersaie, Italy’s international exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings, offered an update on last year’s trends for tiles.

Among some of the major highlights of this year’s fair, Italian company Scavolini participated, for the first time, by unveiling its bathroom and kitchen Ki collection, designed by Studio Nendo. Visitors also gathered for an inspiring talk from both architects Norman Foster and Solano Benitez.

Brain-cozy Creative Power

The 85-year-old Lord Norman Robert Foster took young students and course architects on the riveting historical trail of his career. He concluded by talking about the Scopus award he received, designed by performance artist Marina Ambramovic as a golden model of the architect’s brain. The award was enclosed with a pink, cerebrum-like cap that the artist christened “brain cozy.”

“I’d say that in the pursuit of architecture and beauty, it’s all about the creative power of the individuals, the team,” Foster said. “It’s totally about the creative part.”

Courtesy of Scavolini
Courtesy of Scavolini

The Scopus award for Norman Foster, designed by performance artist Marina Ambramovic

Courtesy of Ceramica Sant’Agostino

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