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Giuseppe Pezzano/ Andrea Parisio
Carlo Dal Bianco
After years of minimalism and tone-on-tone colour schemes, bathrooms are becoming daring once again. Giuseppe Pezzano hopes for the creation of motifs that reinterpret our decorative tradition: Carlo dal Bianco proposes a richer, unconventional bathroom look, where even joints can be part of the composition.
The bathroom is the room that has evolved the most, not only in the home, but also in public and HoReCa spaces. Its transformations have involved not only its finishes and furnishings, but above all the way the space itself is conceived. In this evolution, ceramic materials have acquired new forms and fresh developments can be expected. We ask designers who have been designing bathrooms for years to tell us about the imminent scenarios.
Giuseppe Pezzano/Andrea Parisio
“Today, the bathroom is a quality space. A unique room, that dialogues with the home’s overall design project,” Giuseppe Pezzano,joint art director of Ceramica Cielowith Andrea Parisio, tells us. “The placing of every item is important: such as the washbasin, often strikingly located. Today colour is particularly crucial. It disappeared in the ‘70s, but now, supported by the fashionable maximalist trends, it’s back in a more ‘universal’ way, used tone-on-tone in furnishings: from bright and ‘powdery’ colours, which create a textured impression, to gloss finishes.
Thanks to the evolution of the tactile dimension and the use of colour in ceramics, porcelain stoneware is also excellent for producing a very sophisticated image. We love the motifs that evoke majolica and cement tiles. Because memory and tradition are fundamental inspirations for successful design.”
Carlo dal Bianco
“In terms of stylistic trends and design solutions, the bathroom world has been dominated by the concept of minimalism, where there are no concessions to decoration or redundancy of form, and every function is cut down to its essence. There is also a preference for natural shades, which evoke almost primordial environments, without adding bright or shiny colours. However, less noticeably, and with a rather more niche language, the decorative bathroom has also been rediscovered. And without a doubt, this is my trend of choice. In the last few years we’ve been seeing a growing demand for larger spaces, since a large bathroom means a quality home that’s a pleasure to live in. This trend has also introduced new wellness functions, such as the sauna, the Turkish bath, the hydromassage, chromotherapy, music... These needs originated in the hotel sector, and the bathrooms there influence home bathroom design.
In my view, a large number of approaches has been tried applied to porcelain stoneware, with a rediscovery of decoration – sometimes flamboyant, sometimes restrained – and the development of quite unusual colour assortments, in which the most specific shade can be accurately reproduced. In fact, colour shades are one of ceramics’ strong points. One interesting development in the use of material is the transformation of tile installation joints into compositional features.”