“Our skills to serve your ideas”
Casalgrande Padana has been chosen as the ideal partner by thousands of designers and clients all over the world for the uniqueness of its products, the experience gained in over 50 years working in architectural projects of any size, form or purpose, for the knowledgeable consulting service it offers through Padana Engineering, which provides assistance at any stage of any project, from the selection of the right materials to the development of the project, through to installation and final testing.
Culture of production and culture of design have always been the Company’s inspiration, and in this respect Casalgrande Padana’s career stands out for its unfailing support to prestigious initiatives: from the promotion of architectural, cultural or design events to publishing, from research into new forms of expression to supporting major restoration projects.
Grand Prix – International Architecture Award
Grand Prix is an international architecture award, first launched in 1990 and now in its 10th year, invented and promoted by Casalgrande Padana to shortlist and celebrate the most meaningful projects that use its stoneware products. Through this cultural initiative, the Company, which has always been keen on and sensitive to the developments and innovation of the international architectural scene, wanted to promote an event in which ceramics powerfully emphasise their versatility and eclecticism in a range of building projects. An event where tiles do not look dependent on a project, but where they are celebrated as the real stars.
Creative Book and Casabella
Casalgrande Padana has strengthened its special relationship with designers by promoting an intensive programme in support of the Grand Prix through a targeted communication campaign with meetings, conferences and publications. The most outstanding one is its partnership with the international architecture magazine Casabella, which supports the Company by proactively taking part in the development of the Grand Prix. Since 2001, Casabella and Casalgrande Padana have been working together at the Creative Book, a trade magazine that is enclosed with Casabella every time the winners of the Grand Prix are announced.
Partners in innovation
In its long life, Casalgrande Padana has partnered with lots of important artists from the architectural and design worlds to develop unique targeted research processes, which have led to the creation of important works and to the development of innovative ceramic slabs and products. The latest projects include one with Kengo Kuma, who designed the spectacular architectural installation Casalgrande Ceramic Cloud and the restoration of the Old House-museum; the facings for the Residenze City Life, the Pinnacle installation and a number of new ‘travelling’ ceramic tiles by Daniel Libeskind; the special polychrome pieces on the facings of the nursery of Bologna’s MAST (Manifattura di Arte, Sperimentazione e Tecnologia), designed by Studio Labics with Bios Antibacterial GRANITOGRES® on the kitchen walls; the new ranges of three-dimensional slabs and products developed with Architecture Studio 5+1 AA, Alfonso Femia, Gianluca Peluffo.
A centre for creativity
To effectively support its partnership with all those people who are called to translate creativity into built architectures, Casalgrande Padana has developed the Creative Centre, designed by Studio Cerri Associati Engineering. A sustainable place for industry professionals, for design and training, a place that is in close contact with the factory, where innovation meets creativity, a combination of different dimensions, a sort of exhibition, communication, technical knowledge and workshop for the world of architecture, design and manufacturing.
Casalgrande Padana is a dominant force on the European market, holding a high share of the production and sales markets. It is particularly proud of bringing its production and design approach to the entire world as its distinctive concept conveys reliability, flexibility, creativity and functionality everywhere.
The Casalgrande Padana name has travelled over the five continents and through 70 countries using a dense network of agents, importers and distributors.
Casalgrande Padana ever expanding international presence bespeaks its international leadership in porcelain stoneware