Talking about trends in terms of tile and bath fixtures is a little odd, since you really don't want to pick anything too of-the-moment if you're putting a lot of money and effort into a bathroom renovation. Still, we did see a lot of good ideas (and a few bad ones) at the Cersaie exhibition in Italy. Click below for our finds...
- 1) Sculptural Sinks. Sexy, curvaceous sinks were in abundance at the show. Our favorites were found at the Tenda Dorica booth, an Italian company that's been around since 1962. Photo #1 shows the s-curve SONO IO sink, designed by Danilo Fedeli. Photo #2 shows the KUM sink, designed from waterproof MDF by Nanni Cruciani in lavender (a color we saw a lot of). We're not sure about US distribution, but you can contact Tenda Dorica for more info.
- 2) Tile that mimics beadboard and molding. We thought this was a great idea, since painted wood can get easily get grungy in the bathroom, and tile can provide the same look with a cleaner surface. Photos #3 and #4 are from Italian tile-maker Ceramica Colli's booth. The images show the Kebel and Lebek collections. For US distributors, click here.
- 3) Cutaway shelves. This wasn't really a product trend, but a streamlined detail that we noticed in the way that many of the manufacturers styled their booths. Photo #5 is from Italian bathroom company IDEA Group, who we've profiled before on Apartment Therapy for their smart storage solutions.
- 4) Small, wall-mounted sinks. We wish these space-saving designs were as popular and easy to find in the U.S. as they seem to be in Italy! It's a little over-the-top, but our favorite (Photo #6) is a 50 x 40 centimeter (about 20 x 16 inch) sink from Marazzi's Hatria Collection, with a white porcelain interior and a platinum-coated exterior. For information about Marazzi's distribution in the US, click here.
- 5) Black/brown and white bathrooms. High-contrast bathrooms were everywhere, particularly white fixtures against a dark wall. The geometric tile backdrop in Photo #7 is from Italian tile-maker Lea Ceramiche. It's a repeating black-and-white motif called Mauk by Diego Grandi that can be combined in several different patterns. For U.S. distribution, click here. Photo #8 shows a dark brown and white bathroom by Mastella. (Contact them for foreign sales.)
- 6) Deep drawers beneath the sink. This is another detail we spotted at IDEA Group's booth. Mounted to the wall, the deep drawers conceal the sink's plumbing, while a cutaway portion in the middle of the drawer ensures that they slide in properly. Photo # 9 shows the MyFly Collection.
- 7) Faux snakeskin sinks. This is a trend we really didn't like. There's probably someone out there who could make this work and more power to them, but we'd advise most people to stay away from the red faux snakeskin sinks we saw at Ceramica Cielo's booth (Photo #10). The sink is part of the jungle collection, which Cielo's website says is inspired by fashion. Unlike a pair of high heels, however, you can't just buy a new sink next season.
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Photos: Sarah Coffey