With 1000 exhibitors and over 100,000 visitors over 5 days it is one of the must see design shows on the calendar.
The Cer-Stile exhibition was a must. A journey in design made easier by the mock up of the imaginative idea of a luxury interior of a train, complete with changing landscape through curtained windows. There was a modest bunk, comfy private seating, open benches, and even an antique boxed sink that folds up. Only in Italy!
It was outside in the main halls where design became even more interesting.
There was much to see in 3 dimensional large scale ceramic wall surfaces. Some of the suppliers creating ranges which allowed greater choice and more flexibility for designers to create a more unique look. While there was some colour, mostly for commercial, there was definitely the core shades of safe neutrals across all ranges.
While designs may have taken a large leap, manufacturers were playing safe with colour palette.
I was taken with a lot of the grunge, graffiti styles.Equally some really excellent pastels too.
Last year seemed to be about hexagonal and introducing lava. This year there were concrete looks, larger tiles, pared back colours, and raised texture designs.
Away from the tiles, I was impressed with Rubinetterie 3M brassware taps and showers.
From a design perspective their products are stunning.
The taps and shower heads are completely different to anything else I saw at the show. The quality of the materials exceptional. The flow and economic delivery of water ticks boxes. I must say really taken with their designs.
Fiora had an amazing stand and some new products. While we love Fiora bathroom furniture and shower trays, they now do wet walls. A new range of furniture and excellent display electric radiators and we are hooked.
As expected they had their own fantastic stand, and also popped up in the Day Off exhibition. Some great basins, but love their showerheads.
Villeroy and Boch seemed to be having a good show too. We loved the rose gold floor mounted bath mixer. I know this is a finish that is not as popular as the chrome and brushed steel finishes - but it looks gorgeous on display.
Really one could narrow down a favourite once you had seen over 1000. Oh, and there were some great colours too.
Wetrooms have become much more the norm over the last few years. It was great to see so many manufacturers really looking at wetroom walls and floors as part of their portfolio.
I'm not sure emerging trends. What I can say is I love good materials - and no manufacturer or designer will waste a good material on a bad design.
"Style is a simple way of saying a complicated thing"