ciao bella! it’s time for cersaie 2012.

By sevan

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Cersaie turns 30 this year, and we’re flying to Bologna for the big event! The premier international ceramic and bathroom furnishings exhibition, promoted by Confindustria Ceramica in cooperation with BolognaFiere and organized by Edi.Cer SpA and Promos, will start next week on September 25th and continue through the 29th. Featuring nearly 1,000 exhibitors from 31 countries and a sprawling 176,000 square meters of exhibition space, Cersaie is K&B mecca, always introducing cutting edge designs, designer collaborations, and new technological innovations to the world.

If you think Cersaie is a lot of beautiful design all in one place—well, you’re right! But there’s more to it than that. This year’s “Building, Dwelling, Thinking” conference program includes a lot of engaging talks, including a keynote speech by 2011 Pritzker Prize winner Eduardo Souto de Moura. Other highlights include “Design Goes Sci-Fi” with American science fiction writer Bruce Sterling and Italian designer Cini Boeri; a lecture on emergency and intervention architecture with Shigeru Ban; and a presentation by Heike Hanada on her design for the new Bauhaus Museum in Weimar.

Now, since we know you’re all too excited to wait until Tuesday, here’s a short product preview:

+ “Woodays” by Tagina

+ “Carlo Dal Bianco” by Mosaico+

+ “Gate Mark” by Caesar

+ “Frame” by FM Studio for Refin

Keep checking back for more coverage! And if you’d like more information, see the Cersaie 2012 website.

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