The European housing market begins to recover
According to the European Outlook 2018, presented in Milan by "Scenari Immobiliari", after ten years of crisis, the European real estate markets are finally beginning to recover.
Design trends: a "stellar" year
The design world’s fascination with the night sky first focused on a relatively nearby icon of the extra-terrestrial universe, the moon
Design Trends: the sustainable living
The preference for sustainable and eco-friendly products begins to be showed significantly even within the domestic walls, both in the choice of furniture and materials that have a positive impact on the environment and the more efficient and no-waste management of energy resources.
Trends in world building
In 2016 global construction investments reached a value of around 8 trillion euros. Read the interesting analysis by Francesco Doria, head of Mapei Research Department.
The Spanish ceramic tile industry grows by 7%
In 2016 the turnover of the Spanish ceramic tile industry grew by 7% to 3.3 billion euros while the tile production reached 492 million sq.m (+12%).
Design trends: Natural Appeal
The eco-friendly behaviour is becoming evident in industrial production processes, where the use of natural materials fits in with the new goals of reducing consumption and saving resources
USA: 2016 Ceramic Tile Market Update
Strengthened by steady growth in the housing and construction markets, the U.S. economy continued to expand in 2016, helping lift the U.S. ceramic tile market to a seventh straight year of growth.
Design trends: virtual exoticism
High-tech perspectives undermine the cornerstones of the traditional cycle of industrial design based on project-production and distribution-consumption
Litokol acquires a 21% share in Estima Keramika
Last December, the historic Italian adhesives manufacturer Litokol acquired a 21% stake in Estima, the largest Russian porcelain tile manufacturer.
Marazzi acquires Italian tile producer Emilceramica
The agreement for the acquisition of the historic Fiorano Modenese-based ceramic company was signed on 20 January and will be finalised following approval from the Antitrust Authorities.
Tax concessions in the Italian building sector grew by 24% in the first seven months of 2016
For 2016 as a whole CRESME estimates total investments (including VAT) of 29.2 billion euros and 1.7 million applications.
Top 2017 Design Trends forecasted by IDS17
The curators of Interior Design Show held in Toronto from January 19-22 have forecasted some of the top trends for 2017 inspiring the direction of design for the year to come