Alternative uses of ceramics presented at Cevisama fair

This year’s Spanish tile fair Cevisama again featured Trans-Hitos “Harmonies”, the ceramics for architecture exhibition, aimed at launching innovative proposals for alternative uses of ceramics.

Trans-Hitos 2016 featured architects, designers, interior designers, manufacturers and technicians and the term “Harmonies” represented the quest for proportion and appropriate correspondence between the different units of a group.

The exhibition, brought together companies and professionals with different backgrounds and starting points, working together on a common project primarily aimed at promoting and showcasing the capabilities of ceramics.

Extruded wall: tessellated customisation

The tessellated wall explored the design space of a novel ceramic customisation strategy developed by researchers and students at Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD). The technique involves the automated cutting of clay extrusions that are industrially produced on a state-of-the-art extrusion line.

The approach is based on extruding pieces from a single die, thus reducing tooling costs while at the same time maximising the scope for varied design expressions.

The Little House of Paper

This year’s show also featured the project: “The Little House of Paper” by the Mixuro studio, winner of the competition organised by CEVISAMA, ASCER, and ITC.

The architecture studio Mixuro, made up of Javier Molinero, Javier Matoses, and Rafael Mira, won first prize for their project “The Little House of Paper”.  The jury highlighted the project’s values as a structurally determined piece that was easy to build and that explored the dimension of ceramics as materials that could, from a flat condition, successfully address large-scale spatial and signage challenges.

The structure holds ceramic pieces that do not come from a given manufacturer or are even of a particular type or model, generating a composition with different pieces, all of which are white, providing an overall texture. 

The show was fostered by the Cevisama Organisation, with the collaboration of the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER), and is designed, executed and coordinated by the Instituto de Tecnología Cerámica (ITC) Habitat Area.