Bespoke Romance, Bologna

Mastery, Design, Uniqueness, our practice has transformed the three key concepts assigned by Kale Group – worldwide leading brand of ceramic materials – into a minimal geometric shape. The symbol of infinity is the design inspiration for this temporary showroom. Two merging circles representing perfection and durability create the rounded bold enclosure. Due to pure architectural shapes enhanced by a theatrical use of light, the entire showroom space is characterized by a metaphysical atmosphere. Displays evoke domestic and commercial spaces arranged on a loop path. Decorative tableaux made of cut-out ceramic tiles stand against walls and floors. The spacious lounge is an additional attractive space, a hybrid design merging an elegant metropolitan bar with an informal place dedicated to collective work. The outer elevations are made of hundreds of individually standing Kalesinterflex slabs, a large format tile with minimum thickness. Due to its versatility, Kalesinterflex also is used at the heart of the exhibition space, to design a full domestic interior.

What makes this project one-of-a-kind?
With the aim to disrupt the general perception of ceramic tiles as a just mere solid building material at the heart of the temporary showroom we designed an interactive installation. Poetic and ironic, it became an attractor for the visitors, engaged with and informed about this material in a new different way.


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Design team
Paolo Cesaretti, Marianna Cristofaro, Francesca Maioli, Claudia Astarita, Extrasync

Kaleseramik Çanakkale Kalebodur Seramik San. A.S.

Year of completion

On tradeshow Cersaie 2019, Bologna, Italy

Lorenzo Pennati, Luca Rotondo

Project Partners

Bottega Architetture Espositive, Desalto Spa, SO.VE.T. Srl, Fornasetti S.P.A., Start | kasthall, Lapalma S.R.L., MENU Space, MOGG srl, Plank Srl, Prandina Srl, Saimirror S.R.L, String Furniture AB, True Design s.r.l., Zanotta S.p.A., Antealuce s.r.l., Flos, FontanaArte Spa, NEMO S.r.l., Astep ApS.

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