Cersaie, the International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings, has catalysed and monopolised architects’ attention all week. As the Bologna trade fair closes, we look back through the pages of Floornature at a number of recent projects exemplifying best practice in the use of Iris Ceramica Group porcelain surfaces.
Let us start with a special product, Alfa Romeo Black by Fiandre, developed by the Iris Ceramica Group exclusively for the renovation and installations in the Museum of Alfa Romeo History in Arese by Camerana&Partners. We go on to look at another outstanding project: the covering of the façades at the Expoforum Congress and Exhibition Complex in St. Petersburg, by architectural studios Evgeny Gerasimov and partners, Tchoban Voss Architekten and SPEECH, in which twenty-four old paintings and prints depicting views of St. Petersburg were reproduced on 300x100 cm slabs of Fiandre Maximum Extralife.
Along with these customised solutions, there are plenty of projects featuring floor and wall coverings from the catalogues of the Iris Ceramica, FMG Fabbrica Marmi e Graniti, Eiffelgres and Fiandre brands, used in a variety of different contexts, including:
- shopping malls, such as Galleria R-Nord in Modena, designed by INRES and Area-17
- supermarkets, such as the new Coop in Milan - Bicocca Village, known as the “Supermarket of the future”, employing experimental technologies by Carlo Ratti – designed by INRES and Area-17 using new coverings developed in partnership with Diesel Living;
- offices, such as the Copernico business centre in Milan and the new SICAD office building in Uboldo, Varese by studio DC10
- single-brand stores such as the Leica store in Rome designed by studio DC10,
- contemporary homes such as the penthouse in Palermo by studio DiDea.