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Cersaie 2014 is off to a great start as per usual, and amongst the many international exhibitors, Turkish companies are looking to make a strong impression. It’s an excellent opportunity for people to be informed about the latest materials, their evolving production techniques and the changes they are bringing to the bathroom landscape.

Turkishceramics are offering you the chance to catch your breath and refresh during the building industry’s most important ceramics exhibition, with a program of unmissable events. First of all we’ve reserved a seat for you on the evening of the 24th of September for what will no doubt be one of the highlight of this year’s exhibition.

Turkishceramics are proud to present a long awaited collaboration between two musical greats. World famous Turkish pianist Kerem Görsev and versatile percussionist Ayhan Sicimoğlu, known for their technical and ambient style of play, are taking to the stage together with their latest musical project. Performing Jazz and Latin songs, they will be accompanied by elegant Cuban vocalist Suami Ramirez as well as two familiar and highly popular faces of the Turkish Jazz scene, drummer Ferit Odman and double bassist Kağan Yıldı of the Kerem Görsev Trio. Make sure you save the date for this special Turkishceramics event.


Running concurrently with Cersaie this year, the heart of Bologna’s historical centre comes alive for the 3rd time with the Bologna Water Design exhibition, celebrating both water and design. Turkishceramics is participating in Bologna Water Design with the presentation of the spectacular water kiosk project organised by The Architects’ Journal and Turkishceramics and designed by leading British architects.



Before detailing the Kiosk Project we’d like to share some striking facts about water which will also be presented to the visitors at various exhibitions, installations or events at BWD.

Water was first bottled and sold by Hiram Ricker in Poland Spring, Maine, USA in 1845.

It was sold as a cure to kidney ailments, but today it is acknowledged that in the developed world bottled water is no healthier than tap water. For instance, in the U.K., bottled water is subject to far less stringent safety tests than tap water, making it more likely to be contaminated or become a source of infection.
Bottled water costs on average 500 times more than tap water. Yet the rate of consumption of bottled water more than quadrupled between 1990 and 2005 (1). Why is the sale of bottled water still increasing? Convenience? Taste? Advertising? Fashion? 200 billion bottles of water are sold around the world each year (2).

Bottled water doesn’t just impact consumers wallets. It takes 3 litres of water to produce 1 litre of bottled water (3). Importing bottled water on average emits 600 times more CO2 than tap water (4). A tree only absorbs 1 tonne of CO2 in its lifetime, whilst the UK bottled water industry emits 350,000 tonnes of CO2 a year. That’s the equivalent amount of CO2 produced from: (5)

running 140,000 small-medium cars

feeding 167,000 people

heating 234,000 homes

But it is not just the manufacture and transportation of bottled water that is harmful. Ever wondered where that bottle you just threw away will end up? Plastic does not simply disappear, it takes over 400 years to degrade. The plastic water bottle you drank from today won’t degrade until 2414. That’s when your great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great- great-great- great-grandchildren will be alive.

10% of the plastic manufactured worldwide ends up in the ocean. Today, every square mile of the ocean has over 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in it. This plastic is swept by currents in the ocean creating huge garbage patches. The National Science Foundation has suggested that one of these patches is nearly as large as the continental U.S (6) and is still growing.

Bottled water may be convenient, but it is expensive, bad for the environment and no healthier than tap water.

What did we do before bottled water?

Wells have been culturally significant for thousands of years. They were once at the heart of every village, sustaining daily life. The world’s oldest known well, located in modern-day Cyprus, dates back to 7500 BC. The village well created a meeting place – a place to both collect water and socialize. Drinking and gathering developed hand in hand world-over, offering a place to socialize and rest like the Turkish kiosk, the British pub or the modern-day office water cooler.

In Europe, modern day pumping and water systems have made water wells redundant, but drinking fountains remain a social hub of many villages, towns and cities. Yet there are many dry spots in most European cities where you can’t find a public water system to fill your bottle, so there is still some way to go.

The KIOSK exhibition, organised by architecture magazine the Architects’ Journal and Turkishceramics promotion group, features Ottoman inspired designs by some of the world’s most talented architects. This includes 2012 London Olympic Games architects Zaha Hadid Architects and Hopkins Architects, Eric Parry Architects, ADAM Architecture, Studio Weave, and Google HQ architect Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. The architects were challenged to design a drinking water dispensing structure that incorporates ceramics and considers the architectural history of the kiosk.

For more details:

Zaha Hadid Architects

Hopkins Architects

Eric Parry Architects

ADAM Architecture

Studio Weave

Google HQ architect Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Rory Olcayto, Acting Editor of the Architects’ Journal will host a seminar with architects who participated in the KIOSK project on the 24th September at 16:30, titled ‘Kicking the bottle’. A drinks reception will follow the discussion.

Please celebrate with us the launch of the KIOSK exhibition in Bologna and join our little pinning game, to decide where to place the 6 water kiosks in Bologna together with the visitors.




(1)  Li, Ling (2007) ‘Bottled Water Consumption Jumps’ Worldwatch Institute November 8

(2)  Royte E (2008) ‘A Fountain on Every Corner’ The New York Times 23rd May

(3)  www.bottledwaterfreeday.ca

(4) www.thameswater.co.uk/wiseuptowater/why_reduce.html

(5) McCandless D (2009) Information is Beautiful Collins London

(6)  www.katu.com

Bologna is busy this September: CERSAIE and BWD 2014 ON DOORSTEPS

Cersaie is the most important and prestigious international exhibition of ceramics for the building industry. Every year thousands of architects, designers and professionals in the sector gather to share the latest trends and innovative products manufactured with new techniques as well as create new business opportunities. The main sectors are ceramic tiles, sanitary ware, bathroom furnishings, fireplaces, ceramic stoves, tiled kitchens, raw materials and equipment for ceramics, materials and tools for installation, and showroom displays for ceramic products.

Although the economic hardships around the world have impacted various trade shows and conferences, Cersaie did not go through a decreasing interest in 2013. The exhibition was visited by more than 100,000 visitors from 157 different countries to visit the stands of 900 exhibitors, including established brands alongside the smaller players from 35 different countries. Compared to the 75,563 visitors of the previous year, this further demonstrates Cersaie 2013 as being the most important and renowned international exhibition of ceramics.

Cersaie, which is usually known exclusively for the ceramic trade, had more and more brands turning away from tradition and investing in new solid surface materials. Cersaie 2013 showed us how new materials and their evolving production techniques will progress and change the bathroom landscape.

Turkishceramics is pleased to confirm its attendance at the 2014 edition of Cersaie as well as the individual presence of the leading Turkish ceramics companies. It is an opportunity for you to meet Turkish ceramics companies, who are often working in collaboration with well-known designers, setting trends, providing creative and environmentally friendly products and latest technology in ceramic manufacturing.

Please come and visit contemporary Turkish ceramics companies with wise visions, exquisite designs, superior quality, high prestige products and collections in line with the trends and customer demands from 22th to 26th September. Turkish ceramics companies will be more than pleased to meet you and discuss your suggestions and requirements.

This year, at the same time as Cersaie from 22 to 27 September, the heart of Bologna’s historical centre comes alive for the 3rd time with the Bologna Water Design exhibition, presenting a new and exciting edition this year to celebrate both water and design.

Bologna Water Design 2014 will be situated in the city centre at the remarkable historic location of the Ex Ospedale dei Bastardini, to promote creative events and projects tied to the world of water. This year’s event follows the great success of the 2012 and 2013 editions, which were each attended by over 15,000 enthusiastic visitors, attracting both professionals from the sector and also an inquisitive and attentive public.

TurkishCeramics is participating in Bologna Water Design with the presentation of the spectacular water kiosk project organised by The Architects’ Journal and Turkishceramics and designed by leading British architects. The Kiosk exhibition features Ottoman inspired designs by some of the world’s most talented architects, including 2012 London Olympic Games architects Zaha Hadid Architects and Hopkins Architects, Eric Parry Architects, ADAM Architecture, Studio Weave and Google HQ architect Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. The architects were challenged to design a drinking water dispensing structure that incorporates ceramics and considers the architectural history of the kiosk. A must see.

The Bologna Water Design cocktail reception on the evening 24th September is a good opportunity to meet leading architects who participated in the Kiosk project. After the reception you are invited to relax at the public jazz concert at Piazza Maggiore, hosted by Turkishceramics and featuring the world renowned Turkish performers Kerem Görsev Trio and Ayhan Sicimoğlu. It seems it is going to be a busy September.

To see more of the program visit: http://www.bolognawaterdesign.it/

“turkishceramics” welcomes Cersaie visitors to hear the sound of a ‘Turkish Touch’

Fahir Atakoglu E-Davetiye

For its sixth year at Piazza Maggiore, Turkish Ceramics Promotion Group invites Cersaie visitors to the Fahir Atakoğlu Symphonic Project with the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini which will take place at Bologna City Center on 25th of September.

Ceramic production in Turkey has a long history and rich tradition, with the first ceramics being created in Anatolia over 8000 years ago. Today, Turkish ceramic producers are proud to continue this tradition of innovation with a creative approach and a broad range of high quality and durable products for both the professional and consumer markets. Representing over 33 individual companies, Turkish Ceramics Promotion Group aims to raise awareness of Turkish ceramics abroad and communicate the quality of Turkish ceramic tiles and sanitary ware. In this regard, for its sixth year at the leading ceramics fair of the world, Cersaie (International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings, 23-27/09/2013 Bologna Fiere), Turkish Ceramics Promotion Group presents another  enchanting concert on 25th of September. 23 leading Turkish ceramic companies will also participate to the fair to demonstrate their latest collections.

turkishceramics Cersaie concert

turkishceramics Cersaie concert

Hear the sound of a ‘Turkish Touch’ at Bologna

By participating Cersaie with organizing memorable concerts since 2007, this year Turkish Ceramics Promotion Group will organize another unforgettable show by blending Western music with Eastern melodies. An international award winning composer and pianist Fahir Atakoğlu is well known in the fields of large symphonic works and film music. Turkishceramics invites ceramics professionals to enjoy Fahir Atakoğlu symphonic project accompanied with Italy’s leading symphony orchestra the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini on 25th of September at Piazza del Maggiore, Bologna City, at 20:00-21:00.

Turkishceramics continue confidently to its promotion activities in light of the targets. 

Currently being the world’s 4th biggest exporter in ceramic tiles and having a ceramic production capacity of over 2 billion Euros, Turkey is also the largest producer and exporter of sanitary ware in Europe. In order to support Turkish Ceramics exportation around the world and increase the awareness of Turkish ceramics, Promotion Group continues confidently to organize different promotion activities more focused on target countries and target groups. Making its United Kingdom debut at 100% Design 2013, Turkishceramics is the lead sponsor of the new International Pavilion at this year’s event. Turkishceramics is collaborating with London-based architect and interior designer, Ferhan Azman, founder of Azman Architects, to design Chockablock, a ceramic installation for the International Pavilion that will provide a bar, meeting areas, a private events space and a VIP area.

Turkishceramics will host two seminars during 100% Design:

*Eric Parry in conversation with Rory Olcayto, Architects’ Journal in the Main Auditorium on 18 September, 1:30pm – 2:15pm

*Contemporary Architecture and Design in Turkey, chaired by Emma O’Kelly, Editor-at-large at Wallpaper* in the International Pavilion on 19 September, 1:00pm – 1:30pm

The Turkishceramics installation and stand (stand IP400) can be visited at the International Pavilion at 100% Design at Earls Court from 18-21 September. For more information on 100% Design please visit www.100percentdesign.co.uk

For more information on Turkishceramics please visit www.turkishceramics.com


Below companies will be participating to Cersaie 2013


We are at Cersaie, where the ceramic trends appear

The Cersaie which is accepted as one of the most important ceramic tile and bathroom furnishing trade fair in the world will start at 23th of September till 27th of September 2013 and take place in the city of Bologna, Italy. Everybody admit that this is the key event for ceramic and bathroom furnishing fair. The global international ceramic tile expo celebrated its 30th anniversary last year and attendance was more than 100.000 people, including 32% international visitors. There were 900 companies from 33 countries and the fairgrounds were full of capacity which shows the importance of this fair for ceramic sector.


As turkishceramics Promotion Group, we will attend Cersaie for the 7th time. Every year turkishceramics present a music festival with masters of music to the fair’s attendee. This year beside attending to the fair, turkishceramics also will present a great symphonic project by Turkish composer and pianist Fahir Atakoğlu with the Italy’s leading symphony orchestra the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini. The show will be on at Wednesday September 25, 2013 on the center of the city Piazza Maggiore. Ceramic sector professionals following this fair every year and this fair shows the new year’s trends and innovations. With its increasing participation to Cersaie every year Turkish ceramics companies proved one more time that they became global brands. This year there will be 22 leading Turkish ceramic brands which will introduce the Turkish ceramics to the world and show their latest technologies and collections.



For the ceramic tile market, the sky is the limit. Architects and designers have an endless set of tools to achieve their visions with so many visual and textural possibilities. The ceramic industry has proven itself to be innovative and endlessly inventive. We, as “turkishceramics Promotion Group” will continue to organize different promotion activities aiming to reach our target

group and target countries. To see the latest technologies and more about ceramic industry, “turkishceramics” are waiting for you in Cersaie.