If the ISH exhibition, in Germany, is the barometer of bathroom fashions for the UK high street, then the Italian show Cersaie is most definitely haute couture. While this bathroom catwalk showcases future interior design cues, these are cleverly combined with concepts destined never to be more than a drawing board project – showcasing manufacturing expertise and designed to gain visitor interest. The show spanned offerings from the chunky Azzurro or light blue pedestal basins and gargantuan filo pastry-esque overshower bath from Ceramica Flaminia, through to Laufen’s latest collaboration with Palomba with a freestanding basin and bath, plus super-slim profile furniture. And while Hansgrohe showed its recently launched Axor Starck Organic bathroom collection, Dornbracht displayed its horizontal and vertical shower. It all added up to an eclectic, design-conscious show, (well what else would you expect from Italy?), which not only captivated its visitors but created a circus of excitement around bathroom design.
However, the one challenge that the inexperienced visitor could face, is which products will truly be the future influencers of fashion. Not to mention, which products will actually leave the Italian coast and be destined and available on UK soil.
We've simplified our show review and selected a handful of products that will be available to designers in the UK. So, why not take your choice from our November issue?